The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was the fastest on the first day of official tests of the F1 this week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, fifth overall in training sessions, with a better time of 1:20.396 with which he surpassed the Mercedes ya Red Bull, in a day in which McLaren again had reliability problems.
The day gave of itself and the good clear weather allowed to do the programmed tests although the cars were not yet squeezed. The best time in the total of the five days of testing, counting last week, is still in the hands of the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), but Vettel confirmed that the Ferraris will be in the fight, like last year.
In a final week of training that is key, before the start of the World Cup in Australia, it is expected that the times will decrease and that the data collected will be analyzed and put into practice. But compared to the previous week there was already a significant change for the better at Red Bull, with the Dutchman Max Verstappen third to less than three tenths behind Vettel.
Despite the various tests, and beyond some track exit, there were no accidents to regret, although the red flags flew on several occasions. And they did it in part because of the Belgian's McLaren Stoffel vandoorne, who was stopped on the track in the afternoon and who starred in the first hours due to mechanical problems after four laps.
Previously, the MCL33, which had had four days of work on the Catalan track last week without complications, had also suffered a problem early in the session.
1. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari), 1: 20.396
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes), 1: 20.596
3. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull), 1: 20.649
4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes), 1: 20.808
5. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Toro Rosso), 1: 20.973
6. Kevin Magnussen (DIN / Haas), 1: 21.298
7. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault), 1: 21.432
8. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Renault), 1: 21.455
9. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS / Williams), 1: 21.588
10. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India), 1: 21.643