Testing – The first in season test of 2018 has gotten underway at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya.
Following on from Sunday’s race at the venue, the teams have stayed on for two days of in season testing. There are just two official full field tests this year, with these two days in Spain and a further two days at the Hungaroring in the week following the Hungarian round later this summer.
Teams are permitted to run just one car, with driving duties being split between drivers as they see fit. Both championship protagonists Sebastian Vettel & Lewis Hamilton are in action for Ferrari & Mercedes respectively on Tuesday. Ferrari will run their reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi on Wednesday, while Mercedes have chosen to continue their other race driver Valtteri Bottas for Day 2. This means that, as per regulations, Mercedes will be required to run other drivers at the Hungarian test: two out of the four test days for the year must be completed by drivers classified as newcomers.
Red Bull will run Max Verstappen and sim driver Jake Dennis, while Toro Rosso field Sean Gelael and Pierre Gasly.
Aside from the teams testing, Pirelli are also carrying out their own test program. Force India & McLaren will run a second car on each day, carrying out tyre testing for Pirelli, but the teams will not know the specifics of what tyre compound or construction that they are running at any given time.