The teams began 2017 winter testing in Barcelona this today and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led the morning session. The new cars and teams were putting their heads down and getting to work in sorting out their new 2017 challengers with Ferrari and Mercedes leading the way.
The Mercedes was driven by Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate, Valtteri Bottas, and while the Fin was at the top of the time sheets with a run on soft compounds, Vettel answered back on medium compound tires with a 1m22.792s which was already close to the best test time in 2016.
Mercedes were already looking strong and mirroring last year’s punishing lap count during testing. Bottas completed the most laps of the morning session with 79. Sadly, McLaren hit trouble after just one installation lap with an oil issue that sidelined Fernando Alonso.
Haas F1’s new driver, Kevin Magnussen, spun and hit the tire barriers but avoided a red flag as he limped the car back to the pits. Red Bull had issues on Daniel Ricciardo’s car that stopped him between turns 3 and 4 after just an hour into the session.
|3||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m23.709ss||0.918s||39|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m25.632ss||2.841s||18|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.712ss||5.921s||4|