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F1 Testing, Day One: Lando Norris forward of Ferrari as 2022 period begins with McLaren on prime

Final Up to date: 23/02/22 5:36pm


Craig Slater updates the main stories from the first day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Craig Slater updates the primary tales from the primary day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Craig Slater updates the primary tales from the primary day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Lando Norris set the tempo for McLaren on the opening day of pre-season testing, ending forward of Ferrari because the favoured groups all made sturdy begins to Formulation 1’s new period within the much-changed 2022 vehicles.

Bringing an finish to years of anticipation over the revolutionary guidelines overhaul, it was an interesting first day in Barcelona and one which appeared set to be topped by Ferrari as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz stuffed the highest two positions deep into Wednesday, having swapped over at lunch.

However Norris, who had the entire day within the McLaren, discovered his quickest laps within the closing levels and ultimately set the tempo with a 1:19.568 – greater than half a second away from Leclerc.

Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the first day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the primary day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the primary day of F1 testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The time was solely a second down on the quickest lap from first observe in Barcelona a yr in the past, a faster-than-expected outcome given the vehicles have been fully redesigned in a bid to enhance wheel-to-wheel racing.

New Mercedes team-mates George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, again in an official F1 session for the primary time since his crushing and controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi GP defeat, have been fourth and fifth, with Hamilton having spent his morning maintaining a eager eye on Russell as rival vehicles.

Lewis Hamilton takes a look at the new Red Bull as he wanders down the pitlane at pre-season testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Lewis Hamilton takes a take a look at the brand new Crimson Bull as he wanders down the pitlane at pre-season testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Lewis Hamilton takes a take a look at the brand new Crimson Bull as he wanders down the pitlane at pre-season testing from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

A type of was Max Verstappen, whose Crimson Bull automotive lastly broke cowl and appeared aggressive regardless of his remaining place of ninth.

Verstappen, donning the #1 on an RB18 that featured a number of improvements, appeared comfy and racked up 147 laps by the day, greater than any particular person driver and solely behind Ferrari’s cumulative group complete of 153.

Extra to observe.

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