28 February


BARCELONA TEST 01 – DAY 3

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Driver: Brendon Hartley - Car: STR13-02
Best time: no time - Laps: 2
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Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 3

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28.02.2018

Unfortunately, the third day of winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya saw harsh weather conditions. The day started off with snow in the morning, followed by continuous rainfall throughout the day. Marcus Ericsson completed one installation lap.

If the weather permits, the last day of Test 1 (Thursday) will be completed by both drivers, with Marcus Ericsson in the cockpit of the C37 until noon, and Charles Leclerc for the afternoon.

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2018 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 3

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28 February 2018
Snowfall brings pre-season testing to a virtual standstill

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Driver: N/A
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: N/A
Distance Covered: N/A
Snowmen built: 1
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Barcelona Test One – Day Three

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28/02/2018

Driver: Lance Stroll (AM), Robert Kubica (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Cold and wet
Temperatures (max): Air 3ºC / Track 4ºC
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TEST BARCELONA – MARATHON ON ICE

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Cold and even snow, but Vettel and the SF71 rattle off 98 laps: “And that’s the important thing”

Montmelò, 27 February –Snow just a few kilometres from the Costa Brava on the Spanish Mediterranean is not what you expect. The last time this happened at an F1 test at the Catalunya Circuit was 19 years ago, but the icy blast of the past few days brought in a few snowflakes this afternoon. Nevertheless, the SF17H, with Sebastian Vettel having his first day at the wheel, reeled off 98 laps, the fastest of which was a 1’19”673, set on Soft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari wasn’t in action for all nine hours – one more than usual as even the lunch break was cancelled – but come the end of the day the programme ran to plan. [Read More!]
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2018 Barcelona first test – day two report

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Testing, Barcelona | 27/02/2018
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 37/172km/107miles
Best lap-time: 1:20.325s
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2018 Pre-Season Test, Day Two

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27 February 2018

Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a revised run plan seeing Carlos Sainz in the Renault R.S.18 for both morning and afternoon.

Carlos completed 65 laps with a best time of 1min 21.212secs, the fifth fastest time of the day. Once again, running was affected by cold weather, with yesterday’s rain giving way to the occasional appearance of snowflakes at the 4.7km track.
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2018 Barcelona Test No. 1, Day 2 Recap

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Feb 27, 2018

Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Kevin Magnussen
Laps Completed: 36 laps
Distance Completed: 167.580 kilometers (104.129 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:22.727 (11th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:19.673 by Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari
Most Laps: 98 laps by Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari [Read More!]
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27 February


Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 2

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27.02.2018

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team had another positive day of testing ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Championship. Charles Leclerc spent his first day of winter testing in the cockpit of the new C37. Throughout the day, he focused on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, and completed a total of 81 laps.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: cloudy and dry/light rain/snow; air 3° – 7°C, track 4° – 10°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 81 laps, 377.055 km
Fastest lap: 1:22.721 min (P10, soft tyres)
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PRE-SEASON TEST 1, BARCELONA – DAY TWO

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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Driver: Max Verstappen
Car: RB14
Laps: 67
Best time: 1:20.326
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:19.673)

Day two of the first pre-season test of the year saw Max Verstappen get his first taste of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB14, though the Dutchman was made to wait for it. An early morning technical issue saw the car restricted to the garage for most of the morning but with the problem solved in the early afternoon Max was able to work through 67 trouble-free laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and claim the day’s fourth best time, a 1:20.326, set on medium compound tyres.
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2018 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 2

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27 February 2018
F1: Pre-Season Testing

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completes 94 laps on another cold day in Barcelona

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: 94
Distance Covered: 438 km
Best Lap Time: 1:19.976
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PRE-SEASON TESTING- DAY 2

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Sahara Force India continued its pre-season testing programme as Esteban Ocon drove the VJM11 for the first time.

ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-01

Laps: 79 laps
Best time: 1:21.841
Position: P9 of 11
Mileage: 368km

Esteban Ocon: “It was very cold today so we just had to try and make the best of the conditions. There was even snow at the end of the day, which is not what you expect when testing in Barcelona. Despite the cold weather, I was able to get a good feeling for the car. It’s still early days – only day two of testing – and there is a long way to go, but we are making progress and learning lots of things. It was my first full day with the halo and I got used to it very quickly. By the end of the day you don’t think about it when you’re driving and that surprised me.”
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Barcelona Test One – Day Two

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27/02/2018

Driver: Sergey Sirotkin (AM), Robert Kubica (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Cold and damp
Temperatures (min-max): Air 3-6ºC / Track 4-9ºC

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: A very difficult day weather-wise, but it is the same for everybody and we tried to make the best of it. The early part of the day was extremely cold with a wet track, and we used this time with Sergey driving to carry out a range of aerodynamic surveys on each of the full wet, intermediate and dry tyres. It was only at about 12:30 that conditions allowed performance running on dry tyres, and Sergey made the best of his limited time with three runs on the soft compound; the final run being cut short by a red flag. Robert took over for the afternoon with improving conditions and, managed two performance runs before the temperatures dropped and again became critical for switching on the tyres. We reverted again to data gathering during the light snowfall! With such instability in tyre temperatures this was not a day in which we can learn anything performance-wise, but we gathered good characteristic data and achieved another 100 laps of reliable running of the new car.
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BARCELONA TEST 01 – DAY 2

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Tuesday, 27th February 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Driver: Pierre Gasly - Car: STR13-02
Best time: 1:21.318 - Laps: 82

Pierre Gasly (Car 10):

“Conditions were really tricky today so we didn’t run as much as we could have done. This afternoon was the first time I drove a Formula 1 car in “snow conditions”, so it was quite epic! In terms of work, we got some good laps and more understanding about the car and the engine. We had some interesting tests, so overall I’m happy about today. The first feeling is positive, I felt comfortable with the car - It’s consistent from one corner to another, between the low speed, medium speed and high speed. I still have a lot of work to do and I think we have some good directions overall. We didn’t do any qualifying runs or pushing laps, as our aim was more completing many laps and this is what we achieved, even if we changed the run plan because of the weather. This morning we started really late but I think overall we maximised the time we had on track and we did the best we could do with the conditions.”
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2018 Barcelona Test No. 1: Day 1 Recap

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Feb 26, 2018

Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps Completed: 55 laps
Distance Completed: 256.025 kilometers (159.086 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:22.578 (10th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:20.179 by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull
Most Laps: 105 laps by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull

Romain Grosjean opened up testing for Haas F1 Team on a cold and overcast Monday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. The Frenchman ventured onto the 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track at 9:10 a.m. local time and when the day was complete, Grosjean had racked up 55 laps behind the wheel of the Ferrari-powered Haas VF-18 to log 256.025 kilometers (159.086 miles).
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2018 Pre-Season Test, Day One

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26 February 2018

Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with both Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz taking turns behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.18.

Nico put in 73 laps in the morning, running reliably to complete his full programme, with a best lap time of 1min 20.547secs. Carlos ran in the afternoon, to a more limited programme due to increasingly inclement weather. He posted 26 laps with a best time of 1min 22.168secs. Today was the R.S.18’s second track appearance, following a promotional filming day on Saturday February 24, also in Barcelona.
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BARCELONA TEST: DAY 1

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"We're happy with the learning we're doing from our new package"

DAY ONE OVERVIEW
Date Monday 26 February 2018
Driver Fernando Alonso
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles 51/237km/147miles
Best laptime 1m22.354s


PROGRAMME
A challenging day for McLaren as the team got an early glimpse of the MCL33’s potential in an interrupted first day of pre-season testing.

Fernando began the session promptly at the start of the day’s running, but only managed to complete six laps before a wheel nut issue led to Fernando being pitched into the gravel minus his rear right wheel.

The associated repairs to what was ultimately a relatively minor issue took some time to complete on the first day of testing where spare parts are naturally at a premium. The car was ready shortly before the lunch break and Fernando managed to get out on track for a couple more laps before the morning’s running concluded.

The scheduled test programme for today included set-up changes and more garage time, after which weather conditions had become less than favourable – the temperature dropping dramatically and the track becoming increasingly wet. The team opted to continue running in order to gather essential data, albeit with a more limited programme than would have been possible in the dry.

Fernando completed a total of 51 laps and clocked the seventh fastest time of the day. [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test - “The only problem was the weather”

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A cold debut for the SF71H with Kimi at the wheel

Montmelò, 26 February –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.
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Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 1

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26.02.2018

The first day of testing ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Championship was productive for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson was behind the wheel of the new C37, focusing on completing aerodynamic and mechanical tests. The Swede was able to get a first impression of the team’s new car, completing 63 laps overall.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: cloudy and dry/rainy; air 7° – 8°C, track 10° – 18°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 63 laps, 293.265 km
Fastest lap: 1:23.408 min (P11, soft tyres)
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Pre-Season Testing

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26 February 2018
2018 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 1
The Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ hits a very cold track on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona

Date: Monday 26 February 2018
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 58, Lewis 25, Total 83
Distance Covered: Valtteri 270 km, Lewis 116 km, Total 386 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:20.349, Lewis 1:22.327


Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed the majority of its planned programme on the first day of 2018 pre-season testing, gathering valuable aero and tyre data. Owing to cold temperatures throughout the day and rain after the lunch break the team decided to cut the running short midway through the afternoon. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took turns at the wheel of the all-new F1 W09 EQ Power+, completing a total of 83 laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Valtteri was the first behind the wheel in the morning session, completing the programme the team had planned
Lewis session in the afternoon was cut short as the weather changed for the worse and made it tricky to run representative configurations
Today's programme focused on aerodynamic data collection and runs to improve the understanding of the 2018 Pirelli tyres
Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 833km
Tomorrow, Lewis will drive the F1 W09 EQ Power+ in the morning with Valtteri behind the wheel in the afternoon session
Rights-free imagery of the morning run is now available on our media site; images of the afternoon to follow shortly
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Barcelona Test One – Day One

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26/02/2018

Driver: Lance Stroll (AM), Sergey Sirotkin (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Cold and dry (AM), Cold and wet (PM)
Temperatures (min-max): Air 6-13ºC / Track 7-16ºC

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Overall it was a good day. We had a bit of a cautious start as, despite having a filming day yesterday, we still had many parts of the car that we wanted to monitor. Lance got going properly around 11am, so had a couple of hours proper running before lunch and completed a total of 46 laps. We weren’t pushing too hard today as it was more about systems checks, but we are relatively happy with the car. Sergey took over driving duties for the afternoon. We did a number of aerodynamics tests in the early part of the session, but by time he was going out for proper runs we had lost track conditions as the temperatures plummeted. We weren’t alone in not being able to switch the tyres on; no matter how hard he pushed on the out-lap, the tyre was going away from him. It then began to rain, which did give us the opportunity to run the intermediate and extreme wet tyres, before ending the day with a practice start. So, it was a bit of a frustrating day for Sergey but overall, we have had very good reliability with a total of 74 laps on the car. We also have a lot of data to understand and build on our programme for the rest of the week. Thank you to all the team, both in Barcelona and back at Grove and Brixworth, for the incredible work they have done to get the FW41 here for its first day of testing. We hope this is the beginning of a strong season for the team.
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PRE-SEASON TEST 1, BARCELONA – DAY ONE

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26 February 2018

Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB14
Laps: 105
Best time: 1:20.179
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: D. Ricciardo (1:20.179)

After taking to the track for the first time last week in its one-off ‘Disruptobull’ livery for a filming day at Silverstone, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s 2018 challenger, the RB14, today returned to its familiar racing colour scheme as testing for the new Formula 1 season got underway at a cold (and late in the day, pretty wet) Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. And after 105 trouble-free laps, Daniel Ricciardo ended the day at the top of timesheet with a best lap of 1:20.179, set in the morning session on medium-compound Pirelli tyres.
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PRE-SEASON TESTING DAY 1

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Sahara Force India launched its 2018 season today with Development Driver Nikita Mazepin the first to experience the VJM11 in Barcelona.

NIKITA MAZEPIN - VJM11-01

Laps: 22 laps
Best time: 1:25.628
Position: P11 of 12
Mileage: 102km

Nikita Mazepin: “We didn’t complete a huge number of laps today, but that’s often the case with a new car. The laps we did complete were positive: the car felt pretty similar to last year but has clearly taken some good steps forward. I felt very comfortable with the halo, but I lowered my seating position compared to last year and the visibility was good. We lost some of the afternoon resolving a sensor issue and then the weather deteriorated, which kept us in the garage.” [Read More!]
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BARCELONA TEST 01 – DAY 1

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Monday, 26th February 2017

Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Driver: Brendon Hartley - Car: STR13-02
Best time: 1:22.371 - Laps: 93

Brendon Hartley (Car 28):

“It was a really positive day. We had no issues at all but we stopped early because of the weather, it was almost icy conditions out there. Everything felt pretty good from out of the box, we had some test items that we didn’t get to complete because of the weather, but getting through 93 laps on the first day of testing was a great start to the campaign with the new Toro Rosso-Honda (partnership). Balance-wise, we were pretty comfortable straight away but I still think there’s potential to unlock. I’m really happy with how the day went, I think everyone probably struggled with tyres, but doing one corner slow the tyres drop out of the window and it was almost like an ice-skating rink. It’s quite a challenging day to get the tyres working in the window all the time. I think we learnt a lot and set ourselves up nicely for the rest of the test, probably more so next week when the weather gets a bit better. The driveability of the engine is one of the best I’ve driven in a Formula 1 car, so it was really positive in all aspects. Absolutely no complaints from me. “
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