Sebastian Vettel managed to complete 128 laps on the first day of pre-season testing, which takes place this week in Barcelona, as the Germain driver finished very close to Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). The SF70H looked solid and it was an encouraging start to the useful testing sessions from the Circuit de Catalunya for the Italiam team. Kimi Raikkonen will continue to get mileage for Ferrari’s 2017 Formula One car on Tuesday, as the Maranello side gathers more important data for the development process of the SF70H.
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19:00 That’s it! Kimi Raikkonen ends the day fastest, just 0.023 ahead of Hamilton.
18:56 Nobody is looking like they want to set any better times at the moment, only Giovinazzi and the ever-present Magnussen on the track.
18:47 Vandoorne moves up to tenth with a 1:25.600.
18:44 Verstappen, Magnussen, Ocon, Kvyat, Bottas, Giovinazzi and Vandoorne are all on the circuit now.
18:35 Kimi completes his 100th lap!
18:27 A very strong day for the Haas team. 100 laps completed by Magnussen
18:24 Kimi back out with 35 minutes to go!
17:53 Just over one hour to go for the second day of testing in Barcelona. Kimi is currently P1 and has completed 92 laps. Let’s see if we can make it 100!
17:44 Kvyat lowers his time to a 1:23.498, he’s up to seventh.
17:38 Kimi again in action, but this time the lap times are considerably low, which could mean a long run coming up for Ferrari
17:30 Bottas at the end of his race simulation, Ocon and Giovinazzi the only ones on track
17:23 Kimi is back on the soft tyres, but for the moment not looking to challenge the top times.
17:09 Only Bottas and Verstappen currently on track
17:00 Bottas is around 20 laps away from completing his simulation., currently lapping in 1:22.9
16:55 Renault now down to 1:24.198. Ocon and Giovinazzi also on track
16:50 Kimi is two tenths away from his previous best, despite setting the fastest first sector of the day.
16:46 Kimi Raikkonen back on the track!
16:37 Max Verstappen who has just emerged for the first time this afternoon and gone fourth quickest with a lap of 1:23.096
16:34 Magnussen, Verstappen and Bottas are currently on the circuit
16:31. Bottas is up to P6 with a 1:23.582. He is on a full race simulation
16:23 Just the 33 laps for Red Bull and Max Verstappen today, but it looks like they are hoping for a late burst – similar to that of Daniel Ricciardo’s last night – before the end of the day.
16:17 Kimi takes first place! His soft-tyre run is marginally faster than Hamilton’s super-soft effort – 1:20.960
16:11 After the technical problems from before lunch, Esteban Ocon takes the Force India back out for some laps.
16:08 Magnussen and Bottas are currently the only drivers on track
15:58 Bottas is now on a 1:25.207. He’s on the soft tyres but does not seem to push for the moment
15:55 Magnussen is past 50 laps for the day and adding to that. Kimi back in the pits
15:46 Kimi improves his lap time on the Soft tyre – 1:21.198
15:46 Kimi in action again!
15:41 Palmer and Magnussen the only drivers currently on track
15:28 Kimi Raikkonen on the track with the Soft tyre! The Finn manages a lap time of 1:22.012, just over one second adrift of Hamilton
15:26 Ferrari’s third driver is back on the track and Sauber have now completed more laps than Renault and Williams.
15:22 Palmer has returned to the garage after setting a handful of laps. Kimi still in the pits
15:16 Bottas comes out on the medium tyres. He replaces Hamilton in the Mercedes car
15:13 Palmer goes three tenths quicker, setting a 1:27.402.
15:09 The Renault dsets its first timed lap of the day, and it’s a 1:27.712 which places Jolyon Palmer ninth.
15:00 Green flag for the second part of the session. Antonio Giovinazzi is the first back out on track after missing out on a lot of running this morning.
14:40 Williams have just announced they won’t be running again today.
14:05 The morning session has come to an end. 47 laps for Kimi Raikkonen and a personal best of 1:22.831
14:00 The session has been extended by five minutes! Magnussen and Hamilton head out for a final run. Giovinazzi makes an appearance for Sauber, too.
13:48 Red flag! Esteban Ocon has stopped at turn ten.
13:47 New personal best for Kvyat – 1:25.012.
13:42 Hamilton is the first driver to try out the super-soft tyre. He improves his lap time to 1:20.983
13:40 More problems for McLaren and Honda. Vandoorne’s car requires a power unit change.
13:30: Verstappen is now down to a 1:23.212
13:28: Renault is still without a completed lap so far
13:19 Kvyat and Hamilton continue to add to their lap count.
13:04 Ocon moves up to third place on a soft-tyre run
12:57 Magnussen (Haas) back on track, joining Verstappen and Hamilton
12:53 Current lap count:
Hamilton – 42
Raikkonen – 29
Verstappen – 19
Ocon – 12
Magnussen – 15
Stroll – 12
Kvyat – 25
Vandoorne – 26
Giovinazzi – 2
12:47 Sauber informs that “We are currently having issues with the power unit – the engine needs to be changed.”
12:40 Raikkonen, Magnussen and Ocon are currently on the track. Live video here
12:36 Kevin Magnussen also improves in the Haas to 1:25.138, while Stoffel Vandoorne is up to 25 laps for McLaren.
12:32 Kimi improves his own lap time to set a 1:22.831, which puts him one second behind the Mercedes now (and still on the medium-compound tyres)
12:30 Kimi Raikkonen is back on the track!
12:28 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) leaves the pits for the first time in a while.
12:20 Weather conditions update: It has been a mostly cloudy start to the day in Barcelona. The air temperature is roughly the same as yesterday, but track temperatures haven’t been quite as high. The sun is now shining so the track might warm up enough to encourage the teams back onto the track.
12:10 Six laps completed for Ocon as he pits. Kvyat is the only man on track.
12:00 18 laps completed for Kimi after two hours. Kvyat and Ocon are currently the only drivers on the track
11:54 Esteban Ocon (Force India) comes out for the first time in this sesison
11:50 Kimi has pitted, leaving Hamilton and Vandoorne on track.
11:35 Hamilton takes first place with 1:21.766. That is just 0.001 slower than his time from yesterday
11:29 Hamilton and Verstappen head out of the pits.
11:25 Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) goes third with a lap time of 1:24.366
11:18 Kimi Raikkonen is currently the only man on the track. 14 laps so far for the Ferrari driver
11:10 Kimi goes first! The Finn puts in a lap time of 1:23.718
11:05 Kimi back on the track! He improves with a 1:24.867 to go third. Hamilton jump to first place with a 1:24.026.
10:59 Approaching the end of the first hour and we are yet to see two cars out on track – the Renault RS17 and Force India VJM10.
10:50 Max Verstappen leaps up to P1 with a 1:24.794, whilst Daniil Kvyat goes fourth by setting a 1:32.200.
10:43. Red flag! There seems to be a problem with Stroll’s Williams. He stops on track.
10:42 The Williams driver got his lap time down to 1:26.040
10:35 Stroll takes first place with a 1:26.450
10:28 Haas send Magnussen back out on the track and Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) soon joins him.
10:19 Hamilton down to a 1:26.834. Kimi back on the track
10:10 The first registered timed lap of the day goes to Hamilton. He sets a 1:30.821 and then improves to 1:27.948.
10:02 Kimi Raikkonen is the first man out onto the circuit! He’s swiftly followed by Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi. Both drivers thus make their first official test appearance in Formula 1.
10:00 Green flag! The second day of the first F1 pre-season testing session begins!
09:55 Here is the driver line-up for today’s running:
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton (AM) & Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Red Bull Racing – Max Verstappen
Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen
Force India – Esteban Ocon
Williams – Lance Stroll
McLaren – Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat
Haas – Kevin Magnussen
Renault – Jolyon Palmer
Sauber – Antonio Giovinazzi