Formula One: Vettel continues strong start in Ferrari on second day of testing

Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a training session at Jerez racetrack in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015. The four-time world champion continued his positive start to life with Ferrari,
Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a training session at Jerez racetrack in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015. The four-time world champion continued his positive start to life with Ferrari, by going fastest again on the second day of pre-season testing in Jerez on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AFP) - Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel continued his positive start to life with Ferrari, by going fastest again on the second morning of pre-season testing in Jerez.

The German took nearly two seconds off the fastest time he set on Sunday to record a best of 1min 20.984sec.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton looked comfortable on his first outing in the new Mercedes W06 as he clocked up 91 laps by early afternoon to take Mercedes well over the 200-lap mark for the opening two days.

However, McLaren's struggles with their new Honda-powered MP4-30 continued as Jenson Button managed just five laps to add to the six Fernando Alonso completed on day one.

Red Bull were also left looking embarrassed when 20-year-old Daniil Kyvat damaged the only front wing they have with them in Jerez early on, which restricted the Russian to just 12 laps.

By contrast, 17-year-old Max Verstappen enjoyed a fruitful opening day of his Formula One career for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso as he went fourth fastest in 58 laps.