Lando Norris set the fastest time on the first day of pre-season testing for McLaren after Charles Leclerc led after the first part of the day at Ferrari while Red Bull, with their new RB18, completed the picture of the new generation of F1 cars for 2022.

Norris was the only McLaren MCL36 to drive under 1:20, half an hour before the end of the day, setting a time 1:19.568 on a C4 Pirelli tyre, driving 103 laps in a car he first tested yesterday on the same track during shakedown.

Leclerc spent most of the morning part of the first day at the top and finished the fastest with a time of 1: 20.165 on C3 tyres which at the end of the day was enough for him to finish second ahead of team mate Sainz.

The Spaniard drove 73 laps in the afternoon and finished third fastest (C3), which with Leclerc’s 80 laps, Ferrari holds the first place among the teams in the number of laps driven on the first day (153), ahead of Red Bull (147).

Russell set the fourth fastest time for Mercedes in the morning before F1 W13 was taken over by Hamilton in the afternoon as he finished fifth with 27 laps less than his new teammate due to some front suspension work.

2022 McLaren MCL36 Norris Barcelona test Day 1 side shot hard C1 Pirelli Photo McLaren
2022 McLaren MCL36 Norris Barcelona test Day 1 side shot hard C1 Pirelli Photo McLaren

Vettel was faster than two Aston Martin drivers in sixth place ahead of Tsunoda in AlphaTauri who drove 121 laps, and Alonso was even more successful with 127 laps for Alpine in eighth place.

Verstappen drove the most laps of all drivers (147) on the way to the ninth fastest time in the new Red Bull RB18, which was shown to the public for the first time today and has a rebranded Red Bull RBPTH001 (Red Bull Powertrains Hybrid) power unit due to Honda’s withdrawal from Formula 1.

Bottas had problems with the reliability of the new Alfa C42 in the afternoon, which kept him in the garage for a long time and limited him to only 23 laps, and the Finn finished tenth fastest ahead of F1 returnee Albon in Williams.

Schumacher also drove just 23 laps in Haas VF-22 and finished 12th ahead of Stroll, Latifi and Mazepin. The last was Kubica, who had even more problems than Bottas and drove only nine laps, which puts Alfa in last place in the number of laps (32) ahead of Haas (43), while everyone else drove more than 100 laps.

The test continues tomorrow at 9 a.m local time (GMT+1).

DAY 1 RESULTS

1 Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.568 C4 103
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:20.165 C3 80
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.416 C3 73
4 George Russell Mercedes 1:20.784 C3 77
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.929 C3 50
6 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:21.276 C3 52
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:21.638 C3 121
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:21.746 C3 127
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.246 C2 147
10 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22.572 C3 23
11 Alex Albon Williams 1:22.760 C3 66
12 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:22.926 C3 23
13 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:23.327 C3 67
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:23.379 C3 66
15 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:24.505 C2 20
16 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:25.909 C3 9

NUMBER OF LAPS – TEAMS

1 Ferrari 153
2 Red Bull 147
3 Williams 132
4 Mercedes 127
5 Alpine 127
6 AlphaTauri 121
7 Aston Martin 119
8 McLaren 103
9 Haas 43
10 Alfa Romeo 32

NUMBER OF LAPS – ENGINE MAKES

1 Mercedes 481
2 Red Bull 268
3 Ferrari 228
4 Renault 127
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
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