2018 F1 testing: Ricciardo tops timesheets on Day 1

27th Feb 2018 2:46 pm

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

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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