F1 Testing: Norris straps on softer tires to end Day 1 on top

Lando Norris strapped on a new set of C4 compound Pirellis with about 30 minutes to go in Day 1 of F1 testing in Barcelona to go fastest at 1m19.951s and then went even faster with 13 minutes left in the day with a time of 1m19.568s to extend his margin over the rest of the field.

Up until Norris strapping on C4s, the Ferraris were 1-2 on medium C3 Pirellis, Charles Leclerc ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. 1m20.165s and 1m20.416s respectively.

The two Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, also on the C3 compound, set times of 1m20.784s and 1m20.929s respectively, to round out the top-5.

#63 George Russell: Mercedes AMG Team F1 during the winter testing days, Barcelona 23-25 February 2022, Formula 1 World championship 2022.

Sebastian Vettel’s 1m21.276s from the morning session remained as the sixth best time, while Yuki Tsunoda’s 1m21.638s put him seventh for the day.

World Champion Max Verstappen spent the afternoon session doing long runs in race trim, which meant his time from the morning session stood as his best, where he finished ninth in the day’s combined standings.

In total, 16 drivers set times today.  the rest will get seat time tomorrow – Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez and G. Zhou.

There were no red flags the entire day, underscoring how well the new cars performed out of the box.

Barcelona Day 1 Testing Final Times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tire
1 Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.568 +0.000s 103 C4
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:20.165 +0.597s 80 C3
3 Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari 1:20.416 +0.848s 73 C3
4 George Russell Mercedes 1:20.784 +1.216s 77 C3
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.929 +1.361s 50 C3
6 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:21.276 +1.708s 52 C3
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:21.638 +2.070s 121 C3
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:21.746 +2.178s 127 C2
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.246 +2.678s 147 C2
10 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22.572 +3.004s 23 C3
11 Alex Albon Williams 1:22.760 +3.192s 66 C3
12 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:22.926 +3.358s 23 C3
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:23.327 +3.759s 67 C2
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:23.379 +3.811s 66 C3
15 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:24.505 +4.937s 20 C2
16 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:25.909 +6.341s 9 C3


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