Best of the best from the opening test

Date published: February 21 2019

Formula 1 has spent the past four days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya where Renault may have set the pace but Mercedes completed the most laps.

After months of waiting the 2019 Formula 1 cars hit the track in Spain on Monday for the opening pre-season test.

Four days later Nico Hulkenberg emerged quickest of all with a 1:17.393 as Thursday’s timesheet saw the fastest lap times.

Alexander Albon was second in the Toro Rosso while Ferrari, despite being quickest on Day 1 and 2, were eighth and ninth with Charles Leclerc ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Drivers’ times:
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.393 247 laps C5 compound
Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1:17.637 268 laps C5 compound
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.704 214 laps C5 compound
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:17.762 252 laps C5 compound
Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.785 186 laps C5 compound
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.857 303 laps C5 compound
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.977 307 laps C4 compound
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.046 295 laps C3 compound
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.161 303 laps C3 compound
Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.431 236 laps C4 compound
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:18.511 251 laps C3 compound
Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.558 209 lap C4 compound
Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.563 134 laps C3 compound
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.720 125 laps C3 compound
Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:18.780 238 laps C3 compound
Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:18.787 237 laps C3 compound
Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:19.249 61 laps C4 compound
Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.664 151 laps C2 compound
Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:19.944 97 laps C3 compound
George Russell Williams 1:20.997 40 laps C3 compound
Robert Kubica Williams 1:21.542 48 laps C2 compound

As for the teams, Renault were P1 thanks to Hulkenberg however it must be noted that Mercedes and Ferrari covered the most laps with 610 and 598 respectively.

Williams, who missed Monday and Tuesday’s running, completed the fewest with just 88 laps on the board.

Laps by team:
1. Mercedes 610 laps
2. Ferrari 598 laps
3. Alfa Romeo 507 laps
4. Toro Rosso 482 laps
5. Red Bull 475 laps
6. McLaren 445 laps
7. Renault 433 laps
8. Haas 384 laps
9. Racing Point 248 laps
10. Williams 88 laps

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