The end of Day1 of the first test in Barcelona went well and while McLaren had a wheel nut issues prompting a beached car in the gravel, the car was doing what Fernando Alonso asked of it and that’s a big gain in my book. McLaren’s Zak Brown said it cost them about a half hour of running but not a big deal.
The other big winners were Renault who said early on that they would be focusing on reliability this season and that prompted some concern from Red Bull (powered by Renault) as to just how competitive the power unit would be. regardless, times are important of course but in my mind, the key indicator is going to be total laps and reliability. Why? Because the teams only have three engines for the entire season.
Equally positive was Toro Rosso who seemed to avoid the issues McLaren had last year and drove a strong 93 laps. They may have been off the pace but Honda getting mileage is critical right now. That’s a 198 laps for the Red Bull empire in total.
Ferrari and Mercedes set similar lap counts and perhaps one could argue, close lap times which could bode well for a close battle but it is early days yet.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.179s||–||105|
|8||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m22.371s||2.192s||93|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Alfa Romeo||1m23.408s||3.229s||63|
|12||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.628s||5.449s||22|