Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest on day one of the first in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalyuna. The German was .1 second faster than Mercedes Nico Rosberg and .47 second faster than McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Button lead during the morning but Vettel bettered the time he had set on Saturday during qualifying. But after questions on Saturday following Red Bull managing to out qualify them and go on to take the win with Max Verstappen following the retirement of both Mercedes.
Ferrari told Sky Sports “The German worked on a programme which concentrated on qualifying simulation. After the difficulties encountered at this track last Saturday, the Scuderia chose to look at that particular area of performance.”
Vettel did most of his qualifying simulations around the time of Saturdays session doing a 01:23.220 but the time wouldn’t have been quick enough to have taken pole.
Nico Rosberg completed 119 laps following his return to the car following his first lap collision with Lewis Hamilton. Like in pre-season testing Mercedes again lead the field in terms of mileage.
Also Vettel and Renault and Mercedes test driver Esteban Ocon completed over a 100 laps. Tomorrow Ocon will have eyes firmly on him as he will drive the Mercedes.
Renault are testing there b-spec engine ahead of its planned introduction at next month’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean used the ultra-soft tyres late in the day to go fourth ahead of Pascal Wehlein.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Galsy was the fastest of the young drivers going seventh fastest however it was Alex Lynn in the Williams who had much of the attention.
The British team were testing an unusual double-deck rear wing. It is believed the team were running the device in a bid to get a handle on the 2017 aerodynamic regulations and to gather data.
Alfonso Celis Jr used the ultrasoft tyres late in the day to go eighth for Force India after he spent most of the day at the bottom of the times sheet.
Tomorrow race winner Max Verstappen will return to learn about the Red Bull and Felipe Massa will drive for Williams. Haas will not be running young drivers with Esteban Gutierrez driving tomorrow.
Sauber announced they would not be taking part because they “will not introduce car updates during the Spanish Grand Prix,’ the team said. ‘Besides that, the team has no young/test driver in place yet.”
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.220 – 93 laps
- Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:23.337 – 106 laps
- Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:23.753 – 81 laps
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.663 – 82 laps
- Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:24.297 – 76 laps
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.307 – 74 laps
- Pierre Gasly – Toro Rosso – 1:24.821 – 78 laps
- Alex Lynn – Williams – 1:26.071 – 81 laps
- Esteban Ocon – Renault – 1:26.530 – 91 laps
- Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:27.141 – 89 laps