Ferrari continued its strong start to Formula 1 pre-season testing as Charles Leclerc set the pace through the opening session of Tuesday's running in Barcelona.

Having seen Sebastian Vettel finish four-tenths clear of the field on Monday, Ferrari newcomer Leclerc picked up where his teammate left off by enjoying a productive morning in the SF90 car.

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Leclerc drew to within one-tenth of Vettel's Monday benchmark with a fastest lap time of 1m18.247s, completing 73 laps as he finished almost a second clear of the rest of the field.

Kevin Magnussen recovered from a quiet start to the morning to finish P2 for Haas, putting in a late time before the end of the session that was nine-tenths down on Leclerc's effort. He managed 33 laps in his longest run in the VF-19 car thus far.

Alfa Romeo took P3 through Antonio Giovinazzi as he completed his first substantial run behind the wheel of the team's new C38 car, while Lando Norris finished fourth for McLaren ahead of Red Bull's Pierre Gasly.

Daniel Ricciardo also had his running curtailed after suffering a rear wing failure on his Renault R.S.19 at the end of the main straight, sending him into a spin.

The Australian managed to keep his car out of the barrier before crawling back to the pits, but was forced to miss most of the morning session, only returning to the track for one final lap before the chequered flag. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg is scheduled to take over this afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton continued to focus on long-run pace for Mercedes during his second run in the W10, racking up over one race distance en route to seventh place, finishing 1.7 seconds down on Leclerc's time.

The only red flag of the morning session came courtesy of Alexander Albon, who spun into the gravel on his outlap two minutes into the day between Turn 4 and Turn 5 due to a steering issue. The Toro Rosso driver got back out on-track after an hour in the pits, eventually finishing eighth-fastest.

Racing Point recovered from a difficult first day of running to complete 45 laps with Lance Stroll in the morning session. The Canadian's fastest lap time was 2.2 seconds slower than Leclerc's benchmark, leaving him at the foot of the timesheets.



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