Vettel sets pace, Hamilton most laps in morning session

As testing gets underway in Spain, Sebastian Vettel led time charts for the morning session. While that may be good news for Ferrari fans, the real news is that Lewis Hamilton did twice as many laps in the same time period running 66 to Vettel’s 36.

Laps, in the very first test session of a season, are a real milestone for any of the new cars. Teams are looking for reliability, lack of issues or niggles that end races and it’s a good sign when the car is on song and running lots of laps in the first test session.

Williams were able to pound out 43 laps but newcomers, Haas F1, only managed 13 until a front wing failure occurred. That’s not what they wanted but thankfully they feel like they have a good idea of what caused the situation. Romain Grosjean explained to the press that it’s not a huge deal and solvable.

Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein only managed 8 laps but perhaps a slightly better story is that McLaren’s Jenson Button managed 35 laps in what appeared to be a trouble-free run. That’s a bit of a relief from last year’s challenging test session for the folks from Woking.

1  Sebastian VettelFerrari1:24.93936
2  Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.40966
3  Valtteri BottasWilliams1:26.09143
4  Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:26.70420
5  Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:27.18035
6  Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:27.69135
7  Marcus EricssonSauber1:28.16536
8  Romain GrosjeanHaas1:28.39913
9  Alfonso Celis JrForce India1:29.40621
10  Jolyon PalmerRenault1:31.35115
11  Pascal WehrleinManor1:35.6378
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Not bad for Haas. Everyone else already has data here so regardless of fuel loads, practice strategy, etc, being that close to some of the midfield teams had to be a sigh of relief.

Fred Talmadge

Looks like ex Lotus/ now Renault is going to have a tough year.

The Captain

Here’s the lap totals so far from the rest of the day.

Hamilton, 152
Ericsson, 85
Button, 79
Ricciardo, 78
Vettel, 69
Bottas, 69
Sainz, 55
Celis, 50
Wehrlein, 47
Grosjean, 31
Palmer, 28

So it looks like Haas did get a good bit of running done latter in the day. I’d say that’s a huge milestone for them.


And they weren’t DFL. That’s a huge success.


+1 for the use of the term DFL.