2018 BARCELONA I TEST SESSSION: RED BULL FASTEST - FORMULA 1

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 BARCELONA I TEST SESSSION: RED BULL FASTEST

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo ended the first day of 2018 Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest time. Australian ended the day fastest by 0.178 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who both used medium tyres, with Kimi Raikkonen third for Ferrari on softs.

Ricciardo put Red Bull on top of the lap count as well as the timesheets, becoming the only driver to breach triple figures with 105 laps complete. Renault's RS18 got closest to breaching the 100-lap mark, with Hulkenberg and Sainz managing 99 between them.

The STR13 ended the first day of 2018 pre-season testing towards the head of the mileage rankings as Hartley logged 93 laps. That compares to 208 laps for the whole first four-day test last year, which is a good step for Honda - and the team seems happy with where it is compared with Renault.
That was in stark contrast to Honda's performance with previous partner McLaren on the first test day last year, when the manufacturer discovered a major problem with its engine after just a single installation lap.

After three years with Honda, McLaren has the new engine partner it wanted, but there's a lot of pressure on the team to deliver now. It's got a proven top-class opponent with the same engine in Red Bull, plus an improving works team to take on. Last year, Honda could be blamed for everything, this year McLaren is going to be exposed. So, the last thing it needed to happen was for Alonso's right-rear wheel to come off during the morning's running.
The Haas looked like a bit of a handful in Romain Grosjean's hands, and he still wants to brake five metres later than everybody else. But he repeatedly didn't make the corner at Turn 1 as the rear stepped out and he had a few moments and even a half-spin. The car doesn't have the grip to do what he wants, and Haas could be up against it this year.

It's difficult to draw too many conclusions about Williams, especially as Sergey Sirotkin didn't get to do any proper laps in the afternoon. Williams does appear to have dropped off a bit, but it's hard to say how much of that is down to the fact last year the team pacesetter was often Felipe Massa and it doesn't have that benchmark this year.

Overall, it was a good day for the Renault-powered teams. But it also suggests that some of the trends from last year in terms of the pace, and characteristics, of the Ferrari and Mercedes might have carried over.
Cool temperatures and a late rain shower made for a relatively uneventful afternoon of running, with the top four remaining unchanged from the morning.

FIRST TEST DAY, RESULTS

P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/LAPS
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:20.179/ (Мe, 105)
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:20.349+ 0.170 (Ме,58)
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.506+ 0.327 (S,80)
4Nico HulkenbergRenault1:20.547+ 0.368 (Мe,73)
5Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:22.168+ 1.989 (S,26)
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:22.327+ 2.148 (Ме,25)
7Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:22.354+ 2.175 (SS,51)
8Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:22.371+ 2.192 (S,93)
9Lance StrollWilliams1:22.452+ 2.273 (S,46)
10Romain GrosjeanHaas1:22.578+ 2.399(S,55)
11Marcus EricssonSauber1:23.408+ 3.229 (S,63)
12Nikita MazepinForce India1:25.628+ 5.449 (Ме,22)
13Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:44.148+ 23.969 (S,28)
HS - HyperSoft US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft
S - Soft Ме - Medium
H - Hard SH - SuperHard

SUMMARY RESULTS FROM LAST YEAR TEST SESSION

P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:19.705/ (US)
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1:19.952+ 0.247 (S)
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.872+ 1.167 (S)
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:20.983+ 1.278 (SS)
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:21.153+ 1.448 (S)
6Jolyon PalmerRenault1:21.369+ 1.664 (S)
7Max VerstappenRed Bull1:21.769+ 2.064 (S)
8Nico HulkenbergRenault1:21.791+ 2.086 (S)
9Marcus EricssonSauber1:21.824+ 2.119 (SS)
10Felipe MassaWilliams1:22.076+ 2.371 (Me)
11Romain GrosjeanHaas1:22.118+ 2.415 (SS)
12Kevin MagnussenHaas1:22.204+ 2.499 (SS)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:22.351+ 2.646 (S)
14Antonio GiovinacciSauber1:22.401+ 2.696 (US)
15Esteban OconForce India1:22.509+ 2.804 (SS)
16Sergio PerezForce India1:22.534+ 2.829 (SS)
17Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:22.576+ 2.871 (US)
18Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:22.598+ 2.893 (US)
19Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:22.956+ 3.251 (S)
20Carlos Sainz JR.Toro Rosso1:23.540+ 3.835 (Ме)
21Alfonso CelisForce India1:23.568+ 3.863 (SS)
US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft S - Soft Me - Medium