PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT: Mercedes F1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein topped the time-sheets in Spielberg on June 21 at the Red Bull Ring. Image:Twitter
SPIELBERG, Austria - Dominant Mercedes topped the times on Monday's (June 22) first of two days of private testing at the Red Bull Ring where 24 hours earlier the team enjoyed a 1-2 in the Austrian GP.
Nico Rosberg and world champion Lewis Hamilton led the chasing pack on Sunday, and it was left to reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein to take control for Monday's weather-hit session.
Heavy rain washed out any hopes of putting in laps in the morning, but when the weather relented Wehrlein managed to post 63 laps with a best of 1min11.005. Pole-winning time for Sunday's (June 21) race was 1min08.455, set by Hamilton.
Only two regular F1 drivers at the tests, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean, were involved in Sunday's (June 21) Austrian GP.
The next race will be at Silverstone in England with home-favourite Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leading team mate Nico Rosberg by 10 points.
Mercedes F1 team tweeted from Spielberg on Tuesday (June 23) night:
Spielberg test times1 Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Mercedes 1min11.005 (63 laps)
2 Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 1min11.192 (71)
3 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min11.328 (97)
4 Antonio Fuoco (Italy) Ferrari 1min11.331 (71)
5 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min11.509 (45)
6 Pierre Gasly (France) Red Bull 1min11.757 (71)
7 Raffaele Marciello (Italy) Sauber 1min11.826 (53)
8 Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1min12.530 (73)
9 Susie Wolff (Britain) Williams 1min13.248 (35)