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The First 2017 Barcelona Test was the first official test session of the 2017 Formula One season. It took place between 27th February and 2 March 2017 over four days. The circuit is the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Pascal Wehrlein did not participate,[1] after having to recover from injuries he received at the Race of Champions.[2] Antonio Giovinazzi participated for Sauber alongside Marcus Ericsson.[3]

Driver running orderEdit

Team Car Day 1 (Mon) Day 2 (Tue) Day 3 (Wed) Day 4 (Thu) Ref.
Ferrari SF70H Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen [4]
Force India VJM10 Sergio Pérez Esteban Ocon Alfonso Celis, Jr. Sergio Pérez
Esteban Ocon
[4]
Haas VF-17 Kevin Magnussen Romain Grosjean [4]
McLaren MCL32 Fernando Alonso Stoffel Vandoorne Fernando Alonso Stoffel Vandoorne [4]
Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas* [4]
Red Bull RB13 Daniel Ricciardo Max Verstappen Daniel Ricciardo Max Verstappen [4]
Renault R.S.17 Nico Hülkenberg Jolyon Palmer Jolyon Palmer
Nico Hülkenberg
Nico Hülkenberg
Jolyon Palmer
[4][5]
Sauber C36 Marcus Ericsson Antonio Giovinazzi Marcus Ericsson Antonio Giovinazzi [4][3]
Toro Rosso STR12 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Daniil Kvyat Daniil Kvyat
Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Daniil Kvyat
Carlos Sainz, Jr.
[4]
Williams FW40 Felipe Massa Lance Stroll Lance Stroll Not attending [4]
  • * Hamilton was going to participate in the morning session, but after the car suffered an electrical fault that took most of the morning to fix, he decided not to take part, leaving Bottas to use the car in the final minutes before the lunch hour.[5]
  • Massa and Stroll would have taken part on the fourth day,[4] but terminal damage to the car after Stroll's incidents on the third day meant Williams could not compete.[6]

OverviewEdit

ReportEdit

Day 1Edit

At the start of the day, Nico Hülkenberg in the Renault became the first driver to exit the pits and begin their installation laps. Following him out of the pit-lane were Bottas, Massa, Magnussen, Ericsson, Sainz, Pérez and Alonso. After only a single lap, Alonso's McLaren returns to the pit-lane. He immediately gets out of the car to chat with his engineers, the mechanics removing the engine covers from his car. McLaren look to have once again hit trouble. Thereafter the other drivers return to pit-lane after their installation laps, only Bottas in the Mercedes spends some time to set the first flying lap of the day. Only Ricciardo in the Red Bull, Vettel in the Ferrari and Sainz in the Toro Rosso have yet to venture onto the circuit.

A short time later, Ricciardo elects to enter the circuit to set his first lap. After a single installation lap, Ricciardo returns to the pit-lane. The media have taken the time to gather around the Red Bull garage, desperate to get as long a view of the new RB13 for as long as possible as Ricciardo is wheeled back into the garage. As this occurs, Ericsson in the Sauber becomes the first driver to venture onto the circuit for a second time.

There appears to be further trouble brewing at McLaren, the team's Engineering Director, Matt Morris, is taken some considerable time in observing the rear end of the MCL32, the mechanics having dismantled the rear of Alonso's car.

Having earlier been the only driver to set a flying lap on his first run, Bottas once again ventures out on track in his Mercedes, setting further lap times on the medium compound tyre. With Bottas, now on track, he was subsequently joined by the Ferrari of Vettel, who wasted no time in beginning his first flying laps of the day. Bottas setting fastest lap after fastest lap as Vettel continues to acclimatize himself with the circuit. Vettel quickly getting up to speed and setting a 1:24.953 to take the fastest time from Bottas. Bottas subsequently answers with a 1:24.654 to retake the top spot before heading to the pits.

Left alone on the circuit, Vettel continued to lap the circuit and set the pace. After ten laps, Vettel had reclaimed the fastest time with a 1:23.509, before he too returned to the pit-lane. The circuit thereafter falling silent as the team's continued to analyse their data.

Six minutes later, Pérez in the Force India has re-entered the track, quickly being followed out on track by Ricciardo and Ericsson. Pérez completes a single installation lap before once again returning to the track. Ricciardo goes on to set his first timed lap of the day, however his time is a full five seconds slower than Vettel's best time. After his first timed lap, Ricciardo's car grounds to a halt at the Repsol curve at turn four. Hülkenberg had returned to the track, however the red flag is shown to clear away the stricken Red Bull.

The session is stopped for fifteen minutes, Magnussen who was preparing to return to track in his Haas before the red flag, eagerly awaits the restart. Concerning the McLaren worries, Matt Morris attempts to defuse the situation by stating to Autosport's Ben Anderson that it was simply an engine mapping problem on the Honda engine.

A frustrated Daniel Ricciardo has returned to the pit-lane in the back of a recovery 4x4, he immediately returns to the pits to debrief with his engineers. His teammate, Max Verstappen appears unconcerned, sitting in the garage and laughing with his father Jos.

With the resumption of the green flag, both Vettel and Hülkenberg return to the track. Toro Rosso had waited a long time for their initial runs, finally opting to send Sainz out of the pits when the green flag was brought out once again. Autosport's Lawrence Barretto then reveals a disaster at McLaren, the Honda engine problem appears to be an oil systems issue which would take several hours for the team to resolve. Poor reliability continuing to plague the McLaren team.

Bottas who had been putting in a number of quick laps, returned to the pits for a quick rear wing adjustment before being sent straight back out onto the circuit. Hülkenberg meanwhile begins to edge closer to the third fastest time set by Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Magnussen has now joined Bottas, Vettel and Hülkenberg out on track. Red Bull meanwhile confirm a 'sensor issue' was responsible for Ricciardo stopping his car out on track.

After eighteen laps out on track, pace setter Vettel returns to the pits. After a total of nineteen laps, Bottas also returns to the pit-lane. Magnussen completes another installation lap before returning to the pits, whilst the Renault of Hülkenberg has also returned to the pits. The Renault mechanics removing the front wing section of the car, undergoing set-up changes to the car. Team boss, Cyril Abiteboul notes to Ben Anderson that "everything is fine. We'll see".

Massa in the Williams now has the track to himself, he sets a time strong enough to put him third fastest, behind Vettel and Bottas. In the Sauber garage, Marcus Ericsson had stood for awhile in the pit-lane as his mechanics prepared his car, now finally ready, Ericsson hops into his car to join Massa out on track for an installation lap. An hour and a half into the session, Pérez in the Force India finally sets his first flying lap. Haas, Sauber, Toro Rosso and McLaren have yet to set a flying lap.

Once Massa and Pérez return to the pits, the track is left briefly empty before Bottas returns to the track on soft tyres. As he goes past the start / finish straight for his first flying lap, the mechanics give him the pit signal 'L18'. This implying that Bottas was beginning a long stint, Mercedes therefore becoming the first team of the year to attempt a long run. Hülkenberg and Pérez both rejoin the track, Hülkenberg improving his time to go fifth fastest. Bottas has also set the new benchmark with a 1:23.607. Hülkenberg also further improving his best time. Vettel, still running the mediums has returned to the track, as has, Ericsson in the Sauber. Ericsson setting his first lap time to go seventh fastest.

Commenting on the failure by McLaren-Honda, Gary Anderson notes "Losing a big part of a day is time you will never recover, and by the time the McLaren runs again, most of its rivals will have built up a lot of mileage. We've seen a lot of finger problems for McLaren and Honda during the past few years, and maybe this is the same again. Not a good start to testing."

Meanwhile on track, Pérez had briefly taken the third fastest time, before Massa responds and sets a new benchmark for third place. Massa is still 2.4 seconds off the pace of the Mercedes and Ferrari being run by Bottas and Vettel respectively.

Bottas meanwhile was setting steady lap times on his long run stint, he was not lapping as fast as his earlier stints, however the Mercedes driver had continued to complete more laps than any of the other cars. Massa is also making a steady improvement to his time. However Magnussen has encountered troubles, the Haas driver stopping his car at the entrance of the pit-lane. His mechanics having to wheel his car down the garage and back to his pit garage.

As Pérez and Massa returned to the pits, Bottas was once again left as the only car on track. The Mercedes returning to the pits after an 18 lap stint, Bottas having completed a total of 39 laps so far that day. Returning to the track is Hülkenberg, whilst Sainz also ventures onto the circuit. The Toro Rosso finally setting his first lap of the day to go sixth fastest.

Day 2Edit

Day 3Edit

Day 4Edit

Best timesEdit

By dayEdit

Day Driver Team Car Tyres Time
Feb 27 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:21.765
Feb 28 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:20.960
Mar 1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:19.705
Mar 2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:20.872

By driverEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Days Laps
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:19.705 1, 2, 3, 4 324
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:19.952 1, 3 267
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:20.872 2, 4 201
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:20.983 1, 2, 3 234
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:21.153 1, 3 120
6 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault R.S.17 P 1:21.396 2, 3, 4 143
7 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:21.769 2, 4 174
8 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault R.S.17 P 1:21.791 1, 3, 4 150
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:21.824 1, 3 198
10 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes FW40 P 1:22.076 1 103
11 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.118 3, 4 174
12 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.204 1, 2 169
13 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes FW40 P 1:22.351 2, 3 110
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:22.401 2, 4 151
15 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:22.509 2, 4 86
16 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:22.534 1, 4 121
17 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:22.576 2, 4 107
18 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:22.598 1, 3 101
19 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:22.956 2, 3, 4 100
20 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:23.540 1, 3 83
21 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:23.568 3 71

Most laps by a driver: Finland Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 324.

Most laps by a team: Germany Mercedes, 558.

Most laps in a day: Germany Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 139 (day 3).

TimesEdit

Day One, 27 FebruaryEdit

Source: [7]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:21.765 73
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:21.878 +0.113 128
3 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes FW40 P 1:22.076 +0.311 103
4 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.894 +1.129 51
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:22.926 +1.161 50
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:23.169 +1.404 79
7 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:23.709 +1.944 39
8 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:24.494 +2.729 51
9 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault R.S.17 P 1:24.784 +3.019 57
10 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:24.852 +3.087 29
11 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:26.841 +5.076 72

Day Two, 28 FebruaryEdit

Source: [8]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:20.960 108
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:20.983 +0.023 66
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:22.200 +1.240 89
4 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.204 +1.244 118
5 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:22.509 +1.549 86
6 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:22.956 +1.996 68
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:22.986 +2.026 102
8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault R.S.17 P 1:24.139 +3.179 53
9 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:24.617 +3.657 67
10 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:25.600 +4.640 40
11 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes FW40 P 1:26.040 +5.080 12

Day Three, 1 MarchEdit

Source: [9]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:19.705 75
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:19.952 +0.247 139
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:21.153 +1.448 70
4 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault R.S.17 P 1:21.396 +1.691 51
5 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault R.S.17 P 1:21.791 +2.086 42
6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:21.824 +2.119 126
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:22.090 +2.385 95
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.118 +2.413 56
9 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes FW40 P 1:22.351 +2.646 98
10 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:22.598 +2.893 72
11 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:23.540 +3.835 32
12 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:23.568 +3.863 71
13 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P 1:23.952 +4.247 31

Day Four, 2 MarchEdit

Source: [10]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari SF70H P 1:20.872 93
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 P 1:21.769 +0.897 85
3 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault R.S.17 P 1:21.778 +0.906 39
4 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari VF-17 P 1:22.309 +1.437 118
5 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C36 P 1:22.401 +1.529 84
6 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes VJM10 P 1:22.534 +1.662 82
7 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MCL32 P 1:22.576 +1.704 67
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ P 1:23.443 +2.571 68
9 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault R.S.17 P 1:24.974 +4.102 51
10 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Renault STR12 P no time 1

NotesEdit

  1. "Injured Wehrlein forced to miss first test". Formula1.com (FOM). 17 January 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/2/f1-2017-wehrlein-injured-out-miss-first-test.html. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. "Wehrlein suffers scary Race of Champions crash as Vettel wins again". Formula1.com (FOM). 23 January 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/1/wehrlein-suffers-scary-race-of-champions-crash-as-vettel-wins-ag.html. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Giovinazzi to test for Sauber in place of Wehrlein". Formula1.com (FOM). 24 February 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/2/giovinazzi-to-test-for-sauber-in-place-of-wehrlein.html. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 "Driver line-ups for opening Barcelona test". GPupdate.net. 26 February 2017. http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/349813/driver-line-ups-for-opening-barcelona-test/. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "As it happened: Day 4 of 2017 testing from Spain". formula1.com. 2 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/features/2017/3/barcelona-day-4---the-latest-from-testing-in-spain.html. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. "Williams forced to sit out final day". Formula1.com (FOM). 2 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/williams-forced-to-sit-out-final-day.html. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. "Hamilton tops opening day of testing in Spain". formula1.com. 27 February 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/2/hamilton-tops-opening-day-of-testing-in-spain.html. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  8. "Raikkonen and Ferrari head second day of 2017 testing". formula1.com. 28 February 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/2/raikkonen-and-ferrari-head-second-day-of-testing.html. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. "Bottas fastest, Stroll hits the wall on day three". formula1.com. 1 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/bottas-fastest--stroll-hits-the-wall-on-day-three.html. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. "Raikkonen quickest on 'wet' final day in Barcelona". formula1.com. 2 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/raikkonen-quickest-on-wet-final-day-in-barcelona.html. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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