Vettel leaves partying Hamilton in his wake

Sebastian Vettel set Ferrari’s hopes for the 2017 Formula One season soaring by blitzing the fastest time seen in pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday. The German four-time world champion clocked 1min 19.024 despite appearing to ease off in the third sector of his fastest lap. Worryingly for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton was three tenths slower on the same ultrasoft tyre compound used by Vettel.