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Mercedes team especially Lewis Hamilton fears Ferrari have fastest car in 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 :  Williams driver Felipe Massa set the pace on the first day of the final test but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was less than 0.2 seconds behind on a slower tyre.

Lewis Hamilton said he believes Ferrari may have the quickest car with three days remaining of Formula 1’s pre-season testing programme.

Hamilton was fourth fastest for Mercedes, 0.5secs behind the German.

“Ferrari are possibly the favourites,” Hamilton said.

“We can’t take our eyes off them they are doing such a great job.

“And Red Bull look like they’re going quite quick today. It is going to be close at the first race for sure.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest overall on Tuesday, but set his time while using the fastest ultra-soft tyre which no other driver did.


Final pre-season test, day one, fastest times

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:19.726 **

2 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:19.900 ***

3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:19.906 *

4 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:20.456 *

5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:20.924 *

6 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:21.347 **

7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:21.989 *

8 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:21.676 *

9 Daniil Kvyat (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:21.743 *

10 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:22.537 *

11 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber 1:23.336 *

12 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:23.630 *

13 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.790 *

Source : Internet

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