Verstappen ends on top in Barcelona test

Max Verstappen testing in Barcelona
Max Verstappen testing in Barcelona
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Max Verstappen brought down the curtain on a brilliant week in Spain by topping the timesheets in the F1 test.

On Sunday, the 18-year-old became the youngest F1 winner in history when he won the Spanish Grand Prix for Tilbrook’s Red Bull Racing.

Daniel Ricciardo with sensors attached to his RB12 during testing in Spain

Daniel Ricciardo with sensors attached to his RB12 during testing in Spain

And on Wednesday, he completed 118 laps, with a fastest time of 1:23.267 - the second fastest over the two days.

The session gives Verstappen vital time in the RB12, having only completed one Grand Prix weekend in the car since his move from Toro Rosso two weeks ago.

“It was good to get back in the car today,” Verstappen said Max afterwards. “The car is good to drive, very enjoyable and we achieved very good mileage. We didn’t have any problems and could run the whole day.

“For me personally, it was good to have the opportunity to get even more comfortable with the car. I was able to try some new things and find ways to improve my performance.

“I learned a lot about the RB12 today, which is very, very positive.”

A day earlier, Daniel Ricciardo was at the wheel, and managed 89 laps for a fastest time of 1:24.307.

His job was to test experimental aerodynamic parts, adding: “We had a few new bits on the car that we tried; I guess there will have been some images of crazy stuff attached to the car this morning! But it all went pretty well.

“It’s not as exciting as a race weekend I can tell you, but we did some good stuff.

“We got the important things out of the way and there’s another day left for the team here. Then we have three street circuits coming up, it’s going to be good fun!”