Formula One is back! Following what seemed like an extremely long winter break the teams roared to life for the first time in 2016 as winter testing got underway at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya. Despite a brief rain shower this morning there was plenty of on track action throughout the day.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the SF16-H ended the day fastest with a time of 1m 24.939s with the German completing 69 laps.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in the Mercedes W07 setting a fastest time of 1m 25409s on his way to completing 156 laps, the most of any driver during the opening day of action.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in the TAG-HEUER badged RB12. The Australian completed 87 laps with a fastest time of 1m 26.044s and ended the day just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas who completed 80 laps in the FW38.
Sahara Force India Formula One Team development driver Alfonso Celis making his Formula One debut was very impressive as he completed 58 laps and ended the day in fifth place just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button who had a great day for the Woking based outfit as the 2009 world champion racked up 84 laps.
Carlos Sainz ended his first day in seventh place with the Spaniard completing 55 laps with a fastest time of 1m 27.180s ending the day just ahead of the Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson who completed 88 laps.
Pascal Wehrlein making his debut for the Mercedes powered Manor Racing Team ended the day in ninth place completing 54 laps in the MRT05.
It was a historic day for the Haas F1 Team as Romain Grosjean completed the first laps at full pace for the American team. The Frenchman completed 31 laps and ended the day just ahead of his former team mate Jolyon Palmer who rounded out the time sheets in 11th place for the Renault F1 Team.
Testing continues tomorrow.