Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas set two fastest times on the first day of Barcelona’s first Test and drove 151 laps together, but Max Verstappen gave Red Bull 161 laps to complete most laps out of all the teams.

The teams have two less days of testing this year than they did last year, but they all came well prepared and none completed less than 100 laps, which is one and a half distance of the whole race in Spain.

Hamilton drove the fastest time 1:16.976 in the afternoon, 1.1 seconds faster than Vettel on day one last year, using the second-hardest C2 component of the five compiunds available.

Bottas was second fastest using the C3 Pirelli tyres, and Perez, who was fastest for much of the morning part, finished third for Racing Point, which just today showed a new RP20 that is very similar to last year’s Mercedes.

Verstappen had a great day for Red Bull with the most laps of all drivers (161), but also had two spins in the last sector. He finished fourth fastest on the C3 tyres.

Kvyat was fifth fastest for Alpha Tauri Honda (116 laps) and Sainz in McLaren led three cars with Renault engines, finishing sixth in front of Renault drivers Ocon and Ricciardo, who drove 118 laps together.

Williams had an encouraging first day in Barcelona after Russell was first on the track of all drivers, setting the ninth fastest time, just 1.1 s behind the fastest Hamilton.

Stroll was 10th for Racing Point and Leclerc 11th for Ferrari, replacing Vettel, who was supposed to be driving the first day but was not feeling well.

Latifi drove 10 laps less than his team-mate Russell, but helped Williams who completed a total of 136 laps, finishing 12th fastest, 0.004 s ahead of Kubica in Alfa Romeo.

Magnussen was 14th fastest for Haas, which has the slowest time of the day, with Giovinazzi in Alpha at 15th and last of all drivers, 1.5 s behind Magnussen.

DAY 1 RESULTS

1 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:16.976
94
C2
2 Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:17.313
79
C3
3 Sergio Pérez
Racing Point RP20 / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:17.375
58
C3
4 Max Verstappen
Red Bull RB16 / Honda RA620H
1:17.516
168
C3
5 Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri AT01 / Honda RA620H
1:17.698
116
C2
6 Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren MCL35 / Renault E-Tech 20
1:17.842
161
C2
7 Daniel Ricciardo
Renault R.S.20 / Renault E-Tech 20
1:17.873
56
C2
8 Esteban Ocon
Renault R.S.20 / Renault E-Tech 20
1:18.004
62
C3
9 George Russell
Williams FW43 / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:18.168
73
C3
10 Lance Stroll
Racing Point RP20 / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:18.282
52
C2
11 Charles Leclerc
Ferrari SF1000 / Ferrari 065
1:18.289
132
C3
12 Nicholas Latifi
Williams FW43 / Mercedes F1 M11 EQ Performance
1:18.382
63
C4
13 Robert Kubica
Alfa Romeo C39 / Ferrari 065
1:18.386
59
C3
14 Kevin Magnussen
Haas VF-20 / Ferrari 065
1:18.466
106
C3
15 Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo C39 / Ferrari 065
1:20.096
79
C3

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