2012 BARCELONA TEST SESSION, DAY 1, RED BULL FASTEST 2012 CAR

Sebastian Vettel put Red Bull on top of the first day of pre-season testing at Barcelona. !!!
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the opening day of the first Barcelona test as Red Bull revealed some impressive pace. Though Vettel's time of 1:23.265 was only 0.353s quicker than Daniel Ricciardo in fourth, the fact that he set his best time on the hard compound tyre means there is plenty more still to come from the RB8. Nico Hulkenberg was second with a 1:23.440 set during the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth, also on times posted before lunch.

Fernando Alonso was fifth quickest but fell 25 laps short of the 100-lap target he had set Ferrari at the end of the Jerez test. Michael Schumacher gave the W03 its first public outing and was immediately competitive as he set the sixth fastest time - his 1:24.150 putting him just 0.050s behind Alonso and within 0.9s of Vettel. It wasn't a straightforward day for Mercedes, however, with Schumacher only completing 8 laps in the afternoon.

Romain Grosjean remained tenth despite Lotus abandoning its running for the day after only seven laps. A problem with the chassis was to blame and the original chassis from Jerez will be delivered overnight with the team confident it will be ready to run again on Wednesday. Charles Pic was slowest in the 2011 Marussia, but the team covered 121 laps on its first day of testing this year in a display of reliability and fitness from Pic.
Pos      Driver              Team           Time      Gap    Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1:23.265           79
 2.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India     1:23.440  +0.175   97
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren         1:23.590  +0.325   114
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso      1:23.618  +0.353   76
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari         1:24.100  +0.835   75
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes        1:24.150  +0.885   51
 7.  Sergio Perez          Sauber          1:24.219  +0.954   66
 8.  Bruno Senna           Williams        1:25.711  +2.446   97
 9.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham        1:26.035  +2.770   31
10.  Roman Grosjean        Lotus           1:26.809  +3.544    7
11.  Charles Pic           Marussia        1:28.026  +4.761   121