Testing Day One – Live

Keep up to date with all that's happening at the Circuit de Catalunya

Testing – Formula 1 2018 pre-season testing has begun. Stay with us for live updates throughout the first day.

18:00 – Chequered flag, that’s it for the day. It’s cold, damp, and we haven’t really seen any significant time sheets changes from this morning. Our full report and results will be live shortly.

  1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:20.179 (Medium)
  2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.349 (Medium)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.506 (Soft)
  4. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:20.547 (Medium)
  5. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:21.339
  6. Carlos Sainz Renault 1:22.168
  7. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22:327
  8. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:22.371 (Soft)
  9. Lance Stroll Williams 1:22.452
  10. Romain Grosjean Haas 1:22.578
  11. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:23.408
  12. Nikita Mazepin Force India 1:25.628
  13. Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:44.148

17:50 – Mercedes have thrown in the towel now too.

17:45 – Sauber have decided to call it a day now too, with Marcus Ericsson parking up nice and warm in the garage.

17:35 – The rain has properly picked up now, and Alonso has headed out on the full Wets.

17:25 – We’ve seen Daniel Ricciardo on track in the Red Bull, equipped with the Intermediates to deal with the damp and cold. It’s been a damp squid of an afternoon (one for you IT Crowd fans), with little running compared to this morning. Haas have announced they’re done for the day:

17:00 – Still quiet, although Alonso & Sainz have been out on track. Sainz is up to P6 in the Renault, while Sirotkin has continued to put in some slow laps – still haven’t seen a proper time from him today.

16:00 – The track has fallen silent for now, with no cars on track. It’s gone very chilly, just 7 degrees celsius now. It might be an indication that the temperatures are just gone a little too cold for any representative running right now?

15:50 – Just over two hours left in today’s running, and it’s all very steady out there. Lewis Hamilton has popped in a time good enough for P6 and is out on a set of Soft tyres. Raikkonen & Sirotkin have been out there too putting up some miles, although we’re still yet to see a time from the Russian.

Mercedes Hamilton
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15:10 – Sergey Sirotkin continues to put in laps, but is going through the pits every time, so we’re not getting any laptimes from him. Carlos Sainz has headed out on track in the Renault, having taken over from Hulkenberg, while Hamilton seems to be slowly acclimatising to his new office by putting in some steady laps.

15:00 – Alonso has just gone P5, with a time set on the SuperSofts and 1.1 down on Daniel Ricciardo’s leading time.

14:55 – Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Brendon Hartley & Lewis Hamilton are all on track at the moment, with only Ricciardo setting times anywhere near the pace. Alonso is presumably out to make up for lost mileage from this morning.

14:30 – Well, technically lunch is over. But it’s been very slow to get going again. Odd, considering there is rain in the air…

Williams have sent Sergey Sirotkin out for his first laps in the new car, he’s taken over for the afternoon from Lance Stroll. Lewis Hamilton is also on duty for the afternoon, taking over from Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes.

13:00 –  Pretty frantic last few minutes of the morning session, as Kimi Raikkonen first took back fastest spot with a time on the Soft tyres, a 1:20.5. This was then beaten by Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes, intriguingly on the Medium tyres, a 1:20.349. Then, Daniel Ricciardo plumped in a 1:20.1 on the Medium tyres – Red Bull Racing having had a relatively quiet morning up until that stomper.

Lunchtime now, check out our full report and results from the morning!

12:25 – Here’s the current order after that flurry of fast times from Ferrari and Renault:

  1. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:20.863
  2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.970
  3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:21.843
  4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:22.086
  5. Lance Stroll Williams 1:22.452
  6. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:22.661
  7. Romain Grosjean Haas 1:23.092
  8. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:24.202
  9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.353
  10. Nikita Mazepin Force India 1:26.940

12:20 – Just as we say that, Raikkonen is pipped by Hulkenberg – the Renault resumes top spot with a 1:20.8.

12:15 – 1:20.970 from Kimi Raikkonen sees Ferrari take over at the front. That puts him 0.3 clear of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, with Bottas’ Mercedes a further 0.5 back.

We’ve finally seen some times from Sauber, Marcus Ericsson remains P10 with a 1:28.446.

Testing Ferrari
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11:50 – Green flag, we’re back underway and Marcus Ericsson is straight out on track in the new Sauber. We’re yet to see a time from him today.

Sauber testing
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11:35 – Red flag. Nikita Mazepin has stopped on track at Turn 4. He’s spun off and is beached in the gravel, facing the wrong way.

11:20 – 

11:10 – A new fastest man – Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault. He’s gone 0.5 seconds faster than Bottas’ Mercedes on the same Medium compound tyres, setting a 1;21.326.

11:00 – 1:21.843 from Bottas, cementing the Mercedes in P1. Hulkenberg has improved in P2 as well, and is 0.4 off the Mercedes.

Romain Grosjean is now P3 in the Haas, with Daniel Ricciardo P4 for Red Bull.

The only driver yet to set a time is Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber, although we have seen the Swede out on track.

10:50 – We’ve seen a new fastest time. 1:22.4 from Valtteri Bottas, set on the Medium compound Pirellis.Nico Hulkenberg is P2 in the Renault, 0.4 back from the Mercedes.

10:40 – Based on Fernando Alonso examining his right rear wheel and holding a wheel nut, we’re sticking with our assumption his wheel fell off!

Leading the way, mileage wise, right now is Brendon Hartley in the Toro Rosso Honda. He has completed 18 laps so far. Toro Rosso held a press conference earlier to explain how the relationship with Honda has been. According to team boss Franz Tost, ““We have a really fantastic working relationship with Honda… there was absolutely no problems from the communications side”.

10:20 – Fernando Alonso has been off in the McLaren. He’s out of the car and is fine, it looks like he may have lost his right rear wheel. The red flags were shown for a brief period to allow the car to be safely retrieved.

Valtteri Bottas is currently fastest with 15 laps on the board. We’ve also seen times from Kimi Raikkonen, Brendon Hartley, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

Leanne Boon/Octane Photographic Ltd.

10:00 – Welcome along to Day 1 of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. It’s been a busy morning so far, with our first look at the new (and very pink) Force India VJM11, and the Toro Rosso STR13.

It’s quite a chilly morning, just 4 degrees celsius, with snow possibly on the way over the next day or two.

On track this morning, we have:

Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen

McLaren – Fernando Alonso

Red Bull Racing – Daniel Ricciardo

Toro Rosso – Brendon Hartley

Force India – Nikita Mazepin

Williams – Lance Stroll

Mercedes – Valtteri Bottas

Renault – Nico Hulkenberg

Haas – Romain Grosjean

Sauber – Marcus Ericsson


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