Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in the morning on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona after driving the fastest lap in a Ferrari F1-75 1:20.165 ahead of a lunch break.

Leclerc spent most of the morning part of the first day at the top, after Ferrari did a film day on the same track yesterday and covered 100 kilometers in the new F1-75, and Norris in McLaren set the second fastest time, 13 minutes before the end of the first part of the day, three tenths slower than Leclerc.

The Ferrari driver drove 80 laps in the first part of the day, just as Verstappen (80) in the new RB18, which we had the opportunity to see for the first time today.

Russell surged through to third place for Mercedes in the final hour, driving 75 laps ahead of Hamilton’s takeover in the afternoon of the first day while Vettel was fourth for Aston Martin.

2022 preseason testing Barcelona Pirelli F1 tyres compound Photo Pirelli Edited by MAXF1net
2022 preseason testing Barcelona Pirelli F1 tyres compound Photo Pirelli Edited by MAXF1net

Tsunoda was fifth fastest for AlphaTauri ahead of Verstappen in Red Bull and Alonso was seventh fastest for Alpine with more than a second behind sixth-placed Verstappen.

Latifi was the first to try out the new Williams and finished eighth fastest, more than three seconds behind Leclerc, and Kubica managed to set a meaningful lap time 15 minutes before the end and avoid the last place which Mazepin took for Haas.

Sainz will take over F1-75 from Leclerc in the afternoon, Hamilton will replace Russell in Mercedes, Stroll will take over from Vettel in Aston Martin, Albon will replace Latifi in Williams, Bottas will take over Alfa Romeo from Kubica and Schumacher will replace Mazepin in Haas.

The test continues at 14:00 local time and lasts until 18:00.

DAY 1 MORNING RESULTS

1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:20.165 80 C3
2 Lando Norris McLaren 1:20.474 50 C3
3 George Russell Mercedes 1:20.784 77 C3
4 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:21.276 52 C3
5 Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri 1:21.638 43 C3
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.246 80 C2
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:23.317 54 C3
8 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:23.379 66 C3
9 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:25.139 9 C2
10 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:25.909 20 C3

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2022 AlphaTauri AT03 Tsunoda soft Pirelli Barcelona testing Day 1 Photo AlphaTauri
2022 AlphaTauri AT03 Tsunoda soft Pirelli Barcelona testing Day 1 Photo AlphaTauri
2022 Haas VF-22 Barcelona testing Day 1 Mazepin side rear shot Photo Haas
2022 Haas VF-22 Barcelona testing Day 1 Mazepin side rear shot Photo Haas
2022 McLaren MCL36 Norris Barcelona test Day 1 side shot Photo McLaren
2022 McLaren MCL36 Norris Barcelona test Day 1 side shot Photo McLaren
2022 Ferrari F1-75 Barcelona Day 1 Leclerc Turn 5 Photo Ferrari
2022 Ferrari F1-75 Barcelona Day 1 Leclerc Turn 5 Photo Ferrari
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot tunnel entrance strakes Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot tunnel entrance strakes Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 shakedown Silverstone February 22 side shot Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 shakedown Silverstone February 22 side shot Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot Turn 5 Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot Turn 5 Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot exit kerb Photo Red Bull
2022 Red Bull RB18 pre-season test Day 1 Barcelona February 22 side shot exit kerb Photo Red Bull
2022 Ferrari F1-75 shakedown Barcelona Photo Ferrari
2022 Ferrari F1-75 shakedown Barcelona Photo Ferrari
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