Hamilton edges Vettel to top test day one

Barcelona Testing – Lewis Hamilton emerged as the fastest driver as three drivers eclipsed the 2016 testing record on the first day of testing.

To view the morning report, click here.

With times already edging closer to the best laps from last year, Felipe Massa was the first man to break the 2016 barrier.

The Williams man edged under the target time with a 1:22.727. He then beat his own lap time by a further two tenths of a second, which was then eclipsed by Lewis Hamilton, who took over from Valtteri Bottas for the afternoon running and registered a mighty 1:21.765 lap on soft tyres.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who had been troubling the top places of the time sheet all day, set a lap which was just one tenth shy of Hamilton’s despite running on medium-compound tyres. Improvements for Massa put Williams third on a 1:22.076.

A late improvement for Haas saw Magnussen climb to fourth place ahead of a recovering Daniel Ricciardo and Bottas’ morning lap time.

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Daniel Ricciardo managed to complete more laps in the afternoon. The Red Bull driver managed a 1:22.926, but it’s assumed that there is more to come from the RB13.

Force India and Sergio Perez encountered exhaust issues in the second half of the day, managing 39 laps in the morning session and the seventh-best time overall.

Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg completed half-centuries of laps in eighth and ninth place respectively.

Fernando Alonso and McLaren had a better afternoon session, but they managed a total of 29 laps with the help of a newly-fitted power unit, which was required after their issues in the morning session.

Marcus Ericsson completed a solid 70 laps for the Sauber team, but his best lap was five seconds off the pace in these early .Sp5rl!47rs of the first test.

To view the full results of the first day of testing, click here.

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