McLaren’s Lando Norris was the quickest driver in the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, while Ferrari covered the most laps with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr.
Norris was the only driver to break the 1’20 barrier on the opening day of testing for the 2022, setting a 1’19.568 in the late afternoon to go top of the timings after 101 laps of the Barcelona circuit. Leclerc’s morning effort of 1’20.165 was enough to see him end the day second-quickest.
But it was Ferrari who covered the greatest distance of all 10 teams over the course of the day, with Leclerc and Sainz combining for a total of 151 laps in the new F1-75 – two more than world champion Max Verstappen managed single-handed in the Red Bull.
As Formula 1’s new generation of heavily revised cars hit the track for the first day of testing, it was a surprisingly quiet day with few incidents or interruptions.
New Mercedes driver George Russell got his turn first in the W13 and ended the day with the fourth overall fastest time after logging 77 laps, just over a tenth quicker than team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel was sixth quickest for Aston Martin, with a best time two seconds faster than team mate Lance Stroll who drove almost a race distance in the afternoon.
Verstappen covered the most ground of any of the 16 drivers who took to the track during the opening day, recording 147 total laps in the RB18. His best lap time of 1’22.246 saw him end the first day as the ninth fastest runner.
It was a difficult day for Alfa Romeo in their camouflage testing livery, with Robert Kubica covering only nine laps in the morning session before Valtteri Bottas managed just 23 in the afternoon.
Mick Schumacher’s afternoon running in the Haas VF-22 was curtailed by floor damage, which was eventually fixed to allow him back out in the final hour. Schumacher finished the day with 23 laps, just a handful more than team mate Nikita Mazepin was able to cover in the morning.
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