Formula 1: Ferrari Fastest In Barcelona Pre-Season Testing Opening Session
The race season is nearing for Formula 1 and all teams are busy unveiling their 2016 challengers and getting pre-season testing underway. And last Monday, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel emerged ahead of Mercedes and current world champion Lewis Hamilton.Advertisement
During Monday’s testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, Vettel completed 69 laps aboard the brand new Ferrari SF16-H and recorded a fastest lap time of 1:24.939. Nonetheless, Vettel believes that the results today don’t really mean much and he looks forward to things getting “more and more interesting every test day.” Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton did 156 laps on his Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid and managed to do a fastest lap of 1:25.409, less than half a second slower than Vettel. Following testing, Hamilton says he is pleased with the car so far and being able to clock in a lot of mileage means the team is having a “fantastic start.”
At the same time, Daniel Ricciardo must be feeling positive after Monday’s testing. His Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB12 managed to complete 87 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1:26.044. This earned him the third spot. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas takes the fourth spot aboard his Williams-Mercedes FW38 with a fastest lap time of 1:26.091. He completed 80 laps.
On the other hand, it seems things are looking promising over at McLaren. Jenson Button managed to complete 84 laps on the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 with a fastest lap time of 1:26.735 that earned him sixth place. Following the test, Button said its engine partner, Honda, had clearly made good strides when it comes to the power unit.
“Clearly they are on the right path, and clearly they have fixed a few issues with hurt us last year, so it’s good – so far,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Lotus driver Romain Grosjean only managed to complete 13 laps in the testing’s morning session onboard Haas’ VF-16 after he lost his front wing while on the track. Nonetheless, Grosjean remains optimistic. “Generally we are very happy with where we are – we are not far from being able to be midfield,” he said.
The testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will continue until Thursday.