TD1 in Barcelona: Sebastian Vettel leads before the lunch break!

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The winter tests have begun today in Barcelona. Ferrari is ahead. Mercedes has got endurance. Bad debut for Red Bull and McLaren. This is the summary:

Timesheet at the lunch break:

1- S. Vettel – Ferrari – 1’22”791 (M) – 62 laps

2- V. Bottas – Mercedes – 1’23”169 (S) – 79

3- S. Perez – FI – 1’23”709 (S) – 39

4- F. Massa – Williams – 1’25”552 (M) – 39

5- C. Sainz – STR – 1’25”632 (M) – 18

6- N. Hülkenberg – Renault – 1’26”319 (M) – 22

7- K. Magnussen – Haas – 1’26”404 (M) – 15

8- M. Ericsson – Sauber – 1’26”865 (M) – 31

9- D. Ricciardo – RBR – 1’28”712 (M) – 4

Weather report: sunny, T. air: 9-15°C ; T. track:16-28°C, humidity rate: 80-64% and wind speed: 0,7 m.s (south)

Tyres used this morning: medium, supersoft, hard, soft

To note:

  • At 12:11pm, Sebastian Vettel took the power (best S1 & S2).
  • The most of the teams focused on some set-up work and aero tests. There were a sensors grid at the front of the RS17, the STR12, the MCL32 and the C36. We could also see the green flow-vis paint at the rear of the SF70-H and the C36.
  • Red flag from 9:52am until 10:06am: Daniel had to stop his RB13 just before the turn 4 (sensor issue – his mechanics had to take off the gearbox to fix it).
  • McLaren had an oil system issue (1 lap only – no time). Honda is going to change Fernando’s engine.
  • Kevin Magnussen had to stop his VF17 at the pit entry at 11:06am (technical issue). At 12:53pm, he damaged his front wing after having hit the barriers at the turn 10 (spin).
  • Lewis Hamilton will be on track this afternoon. He’ll test the shark fin.
  • This week, Mercedes will test a new fuel supposed to improve their performances.
  • Haas and Williams have got the T-wing like Mercedes and Ferrari.
  • Pascal Wehrlein will certainly take part in the testing days next week.

(credit pic: motorsport-magazin.com)

 

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