The German pilot Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was the fastest on Monday in the first day of official pre-season training at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a time of 1: 18.161 to which just approached a surprising Carlos Sainz, because the Spanish was second in its premiere with an exciting McLaren, being also highlighted the good start of the Haas.
Some teams unveiled their new car and presented the team this Monday, as Alfa Romeo, Haas or Racing Point, in the 'pit lane' of a track that finally gave the green flag to the 'test' and the new season in the Great Circus of the Formula 1, who already wanted to take action.
As usual, it does not do much to look at the times on a first day of pre-season training, but at Ferrari they will be satisfied with the first appointment between Sebastian Vettel and his 'SF90'. The German was quick, with several compounds, and also accumulated information with his 168 laps, being the pilot more rolling.
In each team the work was different but aimed at bringing the cars to the best version, the one that can take them to their objectives. And if at Ferrari they put their car at the top of the timesheets, at Mercedes the current champion started the day, Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas to add between 147 laps.
Significant that Ferrari has rolled more than 'silver arrows', and faster. But nothing worrisome, since in Mercedes they did not look for a fast lap, as it shows that Bottas is eighth and Hamilton ninth in this first touchdown.
A few absences at the top taken by the Spanish Carlos Sainz, who had a great premiere with his MCL34. Second, being together with Vettel the only one to shoot at 1:18 in Montmeló, The Spaniard opens his love affair with McLaren, in a year that in Woking hopes to be the one of change and the definitive leap forward. At the moment, there was nothing to regret at the level of technical or mechanical problems.
Yes Kimi Raikkonen had them, author of two of the red flags of a fairly quiet day, with good weather and ideal temperature to shoot. The Finn, for the first time in years without defending Ferrari but Alfa Romeo, was fifth but with those two stoppages to his credit.
Who also premiered and without much luck was Daniel Ricciardo with Renault, last in the time table although only three thousandths of Nico Hülkenberg, his partner in the gala house. For its part, the new Red Bull Honda, piloted by Max Verstappen, was fourth behind Romain Grosjean (Haas).
Times of the day
- Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) 1: 18.161.
- CARLOS SAINZ (ESP / McLaren) 1: 18.558.
- Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas) 1: 19.159.
- Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull) 1: 19.426.
- Kimi Raikkonen (END / Alfa Romeo) 1: 19.462.
- Daniil Kvyat (RUS / Toro Rosso) 1: 19.464.
- Sergio Pérez (MEX / Racing Point) 1: 19.944.
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 20,127.
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 20.135.
- Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault) 1: 20.980.
- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) 1: 20.983.