The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel showed the best result in the first half of his debut test day in Barcelona.
Four-time world champion set the benchmark at around 1.22,791, just by 0.026 seconds slower than the fastest lap of last year’s tests in Barcelona, the owner of which, incidentally, was to partner Vettel at Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen.
In the morning Sebastian rode 62 laps. Except for the box of 50 rounds overcame the rookie Mercedes Valtteri Bottas. In the morning Finn wrapped an impressive 79 laps, and in the results table took second place, losing to the Germans almost 0.4 seconds. After lunch, Valtteri cockpit W08 will replace the Vice-champion of the 2016 Lewis Hamilton.
The last one fit in one second with Vettel, was Sergio Perez of Force India.
In the fourth position of the intermediate Protocol is the representative of the Williams Felipe Massa, in fifth place settled teammate Daniil Kvyat Carlos Sainz.
Renault rookie Nico Hulkenberg was sixth. The gap between the leadership benchmark was 3.5 seconds.
Seventh in the table of results listed Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and the eighth pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson.
By the way, just before the finish flag Magnussen went into a turn and crashed into the barrier that led to the failure of the front wing on VF17.
Serious difficulties in the morning has faced at Red Bull Racing and McLaren. By car Daniel Riccardo there is a problem with the sensor: a car stuck on the track and the session was stopped for a while. Meanwhile in the pits, McLaren discovered a leak in the oil system, causing the morning Fernando Alonso completed only one installation lap.
Recall that in real time you can follow our the online text coverage of the first day of pre-season tests in Barcelona:
Text coverage of the first day of the official F1 tests in Barcelona
Test teams will resume at 16:00 Moscow time.
|3.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.23,709||+0,918||39|
|5.||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1.25,632||+2,841||19|
|7.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1||1.26,404||+3,613||15|
|9.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1.28,712||+5,921||4|
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