Formula One: 2016 Barcelona 1st Test Recap

f1-2016-barcelona-test-vettel-rosbergThe 2016 challengers for the Formula One World Championship turned their first wheels in anger around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for one of two pre-season tests ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. While the whole picture can be gleaned from testing, we probably did somethings in terms of pace and reliability.

Day 1 (February 22)

f1-2016-barcelona-test-vettel-ferrariMuch like last season, Ferrari was fastest out of the blocks but Mercedes demonstrated a lot of reliability. Hamilton ran 156 laps which is over two race distances on the first day of running. Speaking of reliability, Jenson Button ran 84 laps which was 5th most on the day and a considerable improvement on the prior year for McLaren Honda.

Haas F1 ran the fewest laps of the day with only 31. It was six fewer than Renault though Romain Grosjean was one second faster than Jolyon Palmer.

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.939
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:25.409
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:26.044
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:26.091
  5. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:26.298
  6. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:26.735
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:27.180
  8. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:27.555
  9. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:28.292
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:28.399
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:29.356

Day 2 (February 23)

f1-2016-barcelona-test-ricciardo-red-bullThe second day was noteworthy for a couple of reasons. The new Pirelli ultra-softs (Pirelli’s new purple-sidewalled tyres) were run for the first time on a 2016 Formula One car. Sebastian Vettel set his fastest time of the day on ultra-softs which was eight-tenths faster than Sergio Perez who was the fastest on super-softs.

The other noteworthy story today was that all but Renault ran longer than a race distance, including newcomers Haas. Jolyon Palmer had an engine failure which resulted in only 42 laps run. Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, logged 172 laps which is just over two-and-a-half race distances.

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.810
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:23.525
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.650
  4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.867
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:25.237
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:25.524
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.648
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:25.925
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.082
  10. Jolyon Plamer – Renault – 1:26.189
  11. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:26.539

Day 3 (February 24)

f1-2016-barcelona-test-grosjean-haasWhile the new Haas VF-16 might be a little conservative compared to the other cars on the grid, it does seem to have some pace. Romain Grosjean took it to second-fastest on soft tyres. He was outpaced by the Force India of Hulkenberg who set his quick time on the super-softs.

Rio Haryanto made his Formula One debut for Manor, making him the first Indonesian F1 driver. He was the slowest on the day by nearly 1.3 seconds as he learned the ropes of his new MRT05. After two days of solid running, McLaren faltered today with only 51 laps run on the day.

  1. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:23.110
  2. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.874
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.977
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:26.014
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:26.084
  6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:26.239
  7. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:26.392
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.421
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:26.497
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.712
  11. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:26.919
  12. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:28.249

Day 4 (February 25)

f1-2016-barcelona-test-alonso-mclarenMuch like the second day’s running, Ferrari and Red Bull were fastest on the power of ultra-soft tyres. Like the second day, Ferrari was eight-tenths faster than the Red Bull showing their raw speed advantage. Mercedes continued with their reliability program that saw Rosberg set his fast time on medium compound tyres.

Meanwhile, McLaren’s strong start to testing fell into a return to form. A coolant leak resulted in Fernando Alonso being limited to three laps and no time logged.

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.477
  2. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:24.293
  3. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:24.840
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:25.263
  5. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:25.393
  6. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:26.053
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:26.187
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.295
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.483
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:27.802
  11. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:28.266
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – No Time

f1-2016-barcelona-test-hamilton-mercedesNo Mercedes wasn’t the fastest team at the test but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t still ahead of everyone else. They ran over 1,000 km more than any other team at the test. That’s some three race distances more than any other team there. Four teams actually ran less than half of what Mercedes did.

The big surprise on the week was that Haas F1 isn’t completely out of their depth. They ran more miles than McLaren and Manor and had the 7th fastest time among the ten teams that brought their 2016 cars (Sauber ran their 2015 challenger). They might not be destined for an 11th row lockout just yet.

Best Times of the Week

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.810
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:23.110
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.477
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:23.525
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.650
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:24.293
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:24.840
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.867
  9. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:25.237
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:25.263
  11. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:25.393
  12. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:25.409
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber – 1:25.524
  14. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.648
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.874
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:25.925
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:26.053
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.082
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:26.189
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:26.239
  21. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.483
  22. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:26.735
  23. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:28.249

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