Formula 1 2020: Mercedes continue promising build-up to season as Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest on final day of testing

  • Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap time on the final day of Formula One testing on Friday, as Mercedes maintained their status of title favorites heading toward the new season

  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo were right behind the Finnish driver within one-tenth of a second on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit

  • Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and defending champion Lewis Hamilton put in the fourth and fifth-best times, respectively, on Friday

Montmelo: Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap time on the final day of Formula One testing on Friday, as Mercedes maintained their status of title favorites heading toward the new season.

 Formula 1 2020: Mercedes continue promising build-up to season as Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest on final day of testing

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in action during the Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo. AP

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo were right behind the Finnish driver within one-tenth of a second on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Last week, Bottas recorded the fastest time of any driver in the six-day preseason.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and defending champion Lewis Hamilton put in the fourth and fifth-best times, respectively, on Friday.

Leclerc was the busiest driver with 175 laps completed.

The final day of testing went smoothly for most drivers with no major incidents or red flags.

The season-opening Australian GP is on 15 March.

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Updated Date: Feb 28, 2020 23:36:35 IST