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Vettel remains top after the first day of testing

  • Published on 18 Feb 2019 18:38
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel ended the first day of pre-season testing on top of the timesheets, as his lap from the morning session remained unbeaten.

The German set a 1:18.161, which was half a second quicker than Carlos Sainz, who ended the day in second place. Both men set over 100 laps, with Vettel setting the most of any single driver - 169.

Romain Grosjean was third fastest heading the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. The energy drink squad will be pleased with its day, as it started its on-track relationship with Honda by setting 128 laps.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth from Alfa Romeo, recovering from a spin in the morning. The Finn lost the rear of his car and found himself stuck in the gravel. Behind the 2007 world champion in sixth place was Daniil Kvyat, who makes his full-time return to F1 this season.

Sergio Perez was seventh for Racing Point, who headed the two Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas drove the morning session for the Silver Arrows, before teammate Lewis Hamilton took over in the afternoon. Bottas' time was 0.008s quicker than the four-time world champion's.

Rounding out the timesheets was the Renault duo, as Nico Hulkenberg, who took part in the morning session, ended the day ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who ended bottom of the lot. Williams did not take part in testing, and will not do so until Wednesday. 

ES Circuit de Catalunya - 18 February 2019

Photos Barcelona, February 18, 2019

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  • IT'S ON!

    • + 1
    • Feb 18 2019 - 19:39
  • Monster runs from Ferrari. Great run from RBH, McLaren and Alfa looking good. All in all, looks like everyone hit the ground running. At least no fireworks so far.

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    • Feb 18 2019 - 19:54
    • RogerF1

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      Really happy to see McLren get the laps in but I guess always too earlyto make a judgement on the times.

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      • Feb 19 2019 - 00:04
    • Interesting design feature on the Red Bull with that bump at the top of the nose.

      • + 0
      • Feb 19 2019 - 00:15
    • @RAM Yes, I've actually seen teams use that before, albeit not quite that pronounces. I wonder if that is to move air to the sides or something.

      • + 0
      • Feb 19 2019 - 06:52

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