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F1 testing round-up: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two

Autosport logo Autosport 10/03/2018 Scott Mitchell
Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two © LAT Images Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two

Sebastian Vettel broke the unofficial Barcelona lap record as Ferrari dominated the times in 2018 Formula 1 pre-season testing.

A weather-disrupted opening test, topped by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, piled more work on the 10 F1 teams for the final four days before the season opener in Australia at the end of this month.

Vettel fired a statement of intent on Thursday with a 1m17.182s that shattered the previous fastest lap of the Spanish Grand Prix circuit by 1.2 seconds.

His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen added further gloss to Ferrari's week by lapping within a tenth to top the final day of testing on Friday.

Vettel was also the test's busiest driver, completing 425 laps, thanks to Raikkonen needing to forfeit his first morning of the final week thanks to illness.

He was still minded to urge caution though, especially as the four-time double champion team Mercedes focused on long runs and ended up 1.3s off the pace.

"It's the wrong conclusion to look at the time sheet," said Vettel after Thursday. "There's more to it than a good lap."

The Ferraris were well clear of the rest of the pack, surprisingly headed by Fernando Alonso and McLaren.

Alonso stopped twice, in the same place, on Wednesday and Friday as reliability problems plagued the start of the Woking team's first season after ditching Honda for Renault power.

Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two © LAT Images Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two

McLaren had to change the engine after each stoppage but Alonso emerged late on Friday to give the team a reprieve in the closing minutes of the test with the third-best time, 0.6 seconds behind Vettel's best.

It meant McLaren ended up as the fastest Renault-powered team, with Alonso heading Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jr's works entry as all three outfits were covered by three tenths of a second on the time sheets.

Kevin Magnussen was fifth fastest and gave Haas a pre-season boost as the only driver in the overall top six to do his best lap on supersoft tyres while everyone else used the new hypersofts.

Toro Rosso's new relationship with McLaren's exiled partner Honda continued its encouraging start, completing more laps than anyone bar Mercedes and Ferrari over the two weeks.

It is threatening pace as well as reliability, too, with Pierre Gasly firing in a quick lap near the end to demote reigning champion Lewis Hamilton to eighth in the times.

Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two © LAT Images Testing round-up: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two

Mercedes was still bullish at the end of testing, though, after yet again completing the most mileage.

Its final tally of 1040 laps made it the only team to hit four-figures across the two weeks, with Ferrari (929) completing more than 100 laps fewer.

Williams and Force India helped keep Mercedes atop the pile on the engine manufacturers' count too, leading Ferrari 2570 to 2409.

Renault's tally was limited by a combination McLaren's reliability woes, the occasional setback for Red Bull and a gearbox-induced miserable final day for the works team, but the French manufacturer still logged more than 2000 laps.

Honda's improved showing with Toro Rosso is reflected by a final tally of 822 laps, a significant improvement on the 425 it managed last year with McLaren.

2018 winter testing stats

Combined testing times

1.Sebastian VettelFerrari1m17.182sHS
2.Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m17.221sHS
3.Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1m17.784sHS
4.Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1m18.047sHS
5.Carlos Sainz JrRenault1m18.092sHS
6.Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m18.360sSS
7.Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1m18.363sHS
8.Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m18.400sUS
9.Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1m18.412sUS
10.Valtteri BottasMercedes1m18.560sUS
11.Nico HulkenbergRenault1m18.675sHS
12.Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1m18.855sHS
13.Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1m18.949sHS
14.Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1m18.967sHS
15.Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1m19.118sHS
16.Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1m19.189sS
17.Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1m19.244sHS
18.Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1m19.629sSS
19.Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1m19.634sHS
20.Max VerstappenRed Bull-Renault1m19.842sS
21.Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1m19.954sS
22.Nikita MazepinForce India-Mercedes1m25.628sM

Drivers' total testing mileage

1.Sebastian Vettel6431860
2.Valtteri Bottas5841689
3.Lewis Hamilton4561319
4.Pierre Gasly4521307
5.Carlos Sainz Jr4441284
6.Max Verstappen4191212
7.Marcus Ericsson4111189
8.Kevin Magnussen3801099
9.Charles Leclerc3751085
10.Esteban Ocon3721076
11.Brendon Hartley3701070
12.Daniel Ricciardo3641053
13.Sergey Sirotkin3541024
14.Nico Hulkenberg3511015
15.Lance Stroll343992
16.Stoffel Vandoorne336972
17.Sergio Perez317917
18.Romain Grosjean314908
19.Kimi Raikkonen286827
20.Fernando Alonso263761
21.Robert Kubica122353
22.Nikita Mazepin2264

Teams' total testing mileage

3.Toro Rosso8222377
7.Red Bull7832264
8.Force India7112056

Engines' total testing mileage



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