But the weather was again a dominant talking point at the Circuit de Catalunya as freezing morning temperatures were followed by a late-afternoon snow flurry as 'winter' testing truly lived up to its name.

Mercedes set the pace from McLaren in the morning session of the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona. As a result of the issues and using the the new Hypersoft tires, Vandoorne only drove 37 laps for the entire day.

But with their performance also dependent on their Tag-Heuer-badged Renault engines, team principal Christian Horner has downplayed their prospect of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari for the championship. It was Kubica's first time at the wheel of the new FW41 and he completed 47 laps with the seventh fastest time, 0.327s faster than Sirotkin in eighth.

'This is to maximise our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning, the champions said on Twitter. "But today's conditions are not the ones in which you'd normally run an F1 car", said Vettel.

The NFL's Patriots, led by now 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, and 36-year-old world tennis number one Roger Federer were among the nominees at the ceremony and Wolff spoke about how long Hamilton can remain at his own sport's summit.

However, fuel and car settings are unknown. The low temperatures make it extremely difficult to get the Pirelli tires into their working range, resulting in a severe lack of grip. "And there will at least be three teams very close in the beginning of the year".

Espanyol vence 1-0 a Real Madrid en el último minuto
En otro duelo, Atlético de Madrid (2°/58 pts.) enfrentará esta tarde al Leganés (14°/30 pts.) a partir de las 3:30 p.m. (ESPN 2). Bale probó fortuna con un cabezazo a los diez minutos y Lucas Vázquez percutió sin éxito en varias oportunidades.

Sauber had the potential to be a big loser today after Leclerc's gravel outing, but the team recovered well and ended up with an impressive 81 laps.

Vettel, like Hamilton a four times champion, lapped with a best time of one minute 19.673 seconds on soft tyres and also completed the most laps (98). "So I think the most important thing if you look at the table we did nearly 100 laps". It's only three or four degrees [Celsius] and the asphalt is 10 degrees, so it's very, very cold.

But Bottas says the test has not been a complete write-off.

"I think the next two days won't be much better but I hope next week will be".

"I've definitely been trying to focus a lot of my effort and time during December and January in the meetings I had with the team running through 2017, and especially regarding the races and conditions and the sessions where I didn't perform on the level I should have", he said.


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