Test a Barcellona 1° giorno–26/02/2018
A cold debut for the SF71H with Kimi at the wheel
Montmelò – While Italy is freezing, the Barcelona area is not doing much better, even if the trees are already in blossom here. After a sunny Sunday, which meant that Scuderia Ferrari was able to comfortably complete its Filming Day, the “real” debut for the SF17H took place in plunging temperatures, with rain arriving towards the end of the session. However, by the end of the day, Kimi Raikkonen had completed 80 laps of the Catalunya Circuit, the fastest of them in 1’20”506 on Soft tyres. He worked through the first part of a programme that, over the course of this week, is given over mainly to acquiring data.
“The real problem, the only one today, was the weather,” summarised Kimi. “My first impressions with the new car were OK, but it’s still too early to make any judgement, especially given today’s conditions. These tyres aren’t designed to work at 8 degrees and it was difficult for everyone. As for the rest, our work had nothing to do with lap times and we just ran and changed a few things, trying to understand the car, which doesn’t seem to have any faults. Now we must try and do more kilometres.”
The first long run with the Halo protection fitted over the cockpit went off without any problems. “Compared to the tests we did in previous years, this time the Halo had been conceived as an integral part of the car design, which had not been possible before. I didn’t notice anything different to driving the car without the protection.”
Testing continues tomorrow, with Sebastian Vettel, while it will once again be Kimi’s turn on Wednesday, with Seb then rounding off the first winter test.
F1 testing 2018: Red Bull’s Ricciardo ends Barcelona day one on top
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo ended the first day of 2018 Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest time.
Cool temperatures and a late rain shower made for a relatively uneventful afternoon of running, with the top four remaining unchanged from the morning.
It meant Ricciardo 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.
Nico Hulkenberg completed a top four split by less than four tenths in the Renault, also using mediums in the morning before handing over to Carlos Sainz Jr for the afternoon.
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.
Sainz was fastest of those whose running was restricted to the afternoon in fifth place, ahead of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, who clocked 25 laps after taking over driving duties from Mercedes team-mate Bottas.
After losing three hours of running in the morning, Fernando Alonso set the fifth fastest time – a 1m21.339s – on a set of super-softs, but later had that effort disallowed for cutting the Turn 14 chicane near the end of the lap.
His second best lap of 1m22.354s instead placed him seventh.
The Spaniard managed 41 laps in the afternoon, bringing his tally to the day up to 51.
Brendon Hartley and Lance Stroll were eighth and ninth fastest on the strength of their times from the morning, while Haas man Romain Grosjean made a modest improvement in the afternoon.
He was 10th fastest, ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Nikita Mazepin did not run at all in the afternoon after a spin in the morning in Force India’s VJM11 and ended up 12th fastest.
The team reported that a "sensor issue" hindered its morning running, causing brake cooling problems, and by the time it had the situation resolved conditions had deteriorated too much.
Propping up the timesheets was Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin, who took over from team-mate Stroll in the afternoon but did not set a representative time.
Day one times
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.179s||–||105|
|8||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m22.371s||2.192s||93|
|12||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.628s||5.449s||22|