Nico Hulkenberg ended the first week of pre-season testing fastest for Renault, while colleague Daniel Ricciardo ended up third on Thursday in Barcelona
The German driver’s lap time of 1m17.393 was enough to secure him first spot, two tenths faster than Toro Rosso driver, Alexander Albon who ended 2nd with a time he had set in the morning. Hulkenberg’s day however ended prematurely because of a problem which forced him to park his car at the side of the track. Albon also completed over 100 laps on thursday.
Mercedes opted once again to split time between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton who ended up fourth and fifth respectively, also putting in their fastest times of the pre-season so far the team having focused on race-pace until today. Between the two Mercedes racked up a total of 112 laps.
Charles Leclerc finished the day in sixth for Ferrari, while Lando Norris made a comeback after having some issues earlier in the session. Norris finished the day in P7 with 131 laps completed for McLaren.
Antonio Giovinazzi lead the pack on laps completed for Alfa Romeo, managing no less than 153 laps with a time good enough for P8. Haas had a much better day, after the reliability issues that had plagued them previously. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen completed a total of 130 laps put together and ended the day in P9 and P10 respectively.
Gasly completed 146 laps for Red Bull which was the most the team has managed to this point. He finished P11 followed by Racing Point’s Lance Stroll in P1.
Meanwhile Williams completed a day for the first time this year, however they only managed 65 laps. Robert Kubica drove in the morning while George Russell took over in the afternoon. However, Russell only managed to complete a disappointing 17 laps.
Testing returns on Tuesday, March 26th in Barcelona and will end on Friday, March 1st.
Foto-credit: Renault F1
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