2018 F1 testing: Ricciardo tops timesheets on Day 1

    McLaren ran into early trouble after a wheelnut problem caused Alonso to lose out on three hours of running.

    Published On Feb 27, 2018 02:46:00 PM

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    2018 F1 testing: Ricciardo tops timesheets on Day 1

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo ended the first day of 2018 Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest time. Ricciardo put Red Bull on top of the lap count, as well as the timesheets, becoming the only driver to breach triple figures with 105 laps complete.

    Cool temperatures and a late rain shower made for a relatively uneventful afternoon of running, with the top four remaining unchanged from the morning. It meant Ricciardo ended the day fastest by 0.178 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who both used medium tyres, with Kimi Raikkonen third for Ferrari on softs.

    Nico Hulkenberg completed a top four split by less than four tenths in the Renault, also using mediums in the morning before handing the car over to Carlos Sainz Jr for the afternoon.

    Renault's RS18 got closest to breaching the 100-lap mark, with Hulkenberg and Sainz managing 99 between them. Sainz was fastest of those whose running was restricted to fifth place in the afternoon, ahead of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, who clocked 25 laps after taking over driving duties from Mercedes team-mate Bottas.

    Fernando Alonso lost three hours of running in the morning due to a wheelnut problem that resulted in his McLaren’s right-wheel detaching itself, sending him into the gravel. He set the fifth fastest time – a 1m21.339s – on a set of super-softs; but later had that effort disallowed for cutting the Turn 14 chicane, near the end of the lap. His second-best lap of 1m22.354s, instead placed him seventh. The Spaniard managed 41 laps in the afternoon, bringing his tally to the day up to 51.

    Brendon Hartley and Lance Stroll were eighth and ninth-fastest, respectively, on the strength of their times from the morning; while Haas man Romain Grosjean made a modest improvement in the afternoon. He was 10th-fastest, ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson.

    Nikita Mazepin did not run at all in the afternoon after a spin in the morning in Force India's VJM11 and ended up 12th-fastest. The team reported that a "sensor issue" hindered its morning running, causing brake cooling problems; and by the time it had the situation resolved, conditions had deteriorated too much.

    Right at the end of the timesheets was Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin, who took over from team-mate Stroll in the afternoon but did not set a representative time.

    Day one times

    POS

    DRIVER

    CAR

    TIME

    GAP

    LAPS

    1

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull/Renault

    1m20.179s

    -

    105

    2

    Valtteri Bottas

    Mercedes

    1m20.349s

    0.170s

    58

    3

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Ferrari

    1m20.506s

    0.327s

    80

    4

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Renault

    1m20.547s

    0.368s

    73

    5

    Carlos Sainz

    Renault

    1m22.168s

    1.989s

    26

    6

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes

    1m22.327s

    2.148s

    25

    7

    Fernando Alonso

    McLaren/Renault

    1m22.354s

    2.175s

    51

    8

    Brendon Hartley

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    1m22.371s

    2.192s

    93

    9

    Lance Stroll

    Williams/Mercedes

    1m22.452s

    2.273s

    46

    10

    Romain Grosjean

    Haas/Ferrari

    1m22.578s

    2.399s

    55

    11

    Marcus Ericsson

    Sauber/Alfa Romeo

    1m23.408s

    3.229s

    63

    12

    Nikita Mazepin

    Force India/Mercedes

    1m25.628s

    5.449s

    22

    13

    Sergey Sirotkin

    Williams/Mercedes

    1m44.148s

    23.969s

    28

     

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