Hamilton fastest on Day 1 testing at Bahrain

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 97 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit, as the first in-season test of 2017 kicked off in Bahrain on Tuesday.

Lewis Hamilton was behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day top of the timesheets, clocking a 1:31.358 on the Soft compound Pirelli tire late in the afternoon.

  • Today's program focused on evaluating new parts to be introduced over the next few races, aerodynamic analysis and setup work to address issues with poor rear grip in Sunday's race
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,402km
  • Valtteri will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow for the second and final day of the test

Lewis Hamilton
Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work. Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tires and also the rear of the car so that we can improve our long runs – particularly during the race and on the SuperSoft compound. We came here with a specific goal, so it was positive to get on top of that with the team. Sochi is a smoother track and less abrasive on the tires, so they can go quite a long way. Hopefully we can rely on the pace of our car there rather than our use of the tires.

Sebastian Vettel was running a separate test for Pirelli, hence he is listed with the Pirelli team, not Ferrari.

Pos. Driver Team Best Time Best / Total Laps
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:31.358 89 / 97
2. A. Giovinazzi Ferrari 1:31.984 91 / 93
3. D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:32.349 42 / 45
4. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:32.452 71 / 87
5. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:32.509 31 / 56
6. N. Hulkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team 1:33.624 25 / 74
7. L. Stroll WILLIAMSMARTINI RACING 1:33.729 31 / 35
8. S. Gelael Toro Rosso 1:33.885 69 / 78
9. S. Vettel Pirelli 1:33.894 81 / 89
10. A. Celis Jr Force India F1 Team 1:33.939 64 / 71
11. M. Ericsson Sauber F1 Team 1:34.550 92 / 106
12. O. Turvey McLaren 1:35.011 13 / 17

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