Formula One: Max Verstappen tops testing in Spain

Max Verstappen at a press conference at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2016.
Max Verstappen at a press conference at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

MONTMELO, Spain (AFP) - Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, fresh from becoming the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race, backed up that performance with the fastest time in testing in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Verstappen, who triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, was powered by a new engine in his Red Bull which could be used for the first time next time out in Monaco or in Canada.

McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne was second fastest, with Germany's Pascal Wehrlein taking his Mercedes to third place.

"It was good to get back in the car today," said Verstappen.

"The car is good to drive, very enjoyable and we achieved very good mileage. We didn't have any problems and could run the whole day. For me personally it was good to have the opportunity to get even more comfortable with the car.

"I was able to try some new things and find ways to improve my performance. I learned a lot about the RB12 today, which is very, very positive."

Times:

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:23.267 (118 laps),

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren-Honda) 1:24.006 (108),

Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Mercedes) 1:24.145 (133),

Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX/Haas-Ferrari) 1:24.592 (105),

Antonio Fuoco (ITA/Ferrari) 1:24.720 (118),

Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:24.737 (116),

Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX/Force India-Mercedes) 1:25.016 (103),

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Renault) 1:25.133 (122),

Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes) 1:27.167 (94),

Jordan King (GBR/Manor-Mercedes) 1:27.615 (91)

Best times over two days of testing:

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:23.220 (103 laps),

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull TAG Heuer) 1:23.267 (118),

Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1:23.337 (116),

Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Honda) 1:23.753 (86),

Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:23.882 (96),

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren-Honda) 1:24.006 (108),

Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Mercedes) 1:24.145 (133),

Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Manor-Mercedes) 1:24.297 (86),

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull TAG Heuer) 1:24.307 (89),

Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX/Haas-Ferrari) 1:24.592 (105),

Antonio Fuoco (ITA/Ferrari) 1:24.720 (118),

Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:24.737 (116),

Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:24.821 (78),

Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX/Force India-Mercedes) 1:25.016 (202),

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Renault) 1:25.133 (122),

Alex Lynn (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:26.071 (86),

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:26.530 (104),

Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes) 1:27.167 (94),

Jordan King (GBR/Manor-Mercedes) 1:27.615 (91)