The first day of F1 pre-season testing came and went at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Ferrari looking by far the happiest of the Formula 1 teams following a full day of running as the F1-75 looked almost unbeatable in Catalunya. 

With just 30 minutes to go of the day, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were sitting pretty atop the classification, and it wasn’t until Lando Norris posted a final attempt on the soft C4 tyres – the best Ferrari times were set on the harder C3 – that the two red cars were usurped. 

Behind the top three came the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, with the former just pipping his seven-time champion teammate, while current world champion Max Verstappen tested the Red Bull for the entire day. We also got our first glimpse of the RB18, and it’s unique side-pod design. 

Barcelona testing – Day 1 Results 

Pos.DriverTeamBest TimeTyreTot. Laps
1Lando NorrisMcLaren1:19.568C4103
2Charles LeclercFerrari1:20.165C380
3Carlos SainzFerrari1:20.416C373
4George RussellMercedes1:20.784C377
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:20.929C350
6Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:21.276C352
7Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri1:21.638C3121
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:21.746C2127
9Max VerstappenRed Bull1:22.246C2147
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:22.572C323
11Alex AlbonWilliams1:22.760C366
12Mick SchumacherHaas1:22.962C323
13Lance StrollAston Martin1:23.327C267
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:23.379C366
15Nikita MazepinHaas1:24.505C220
16Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo1:25.909C39

There were a few issues for some of the teams on Day 1, as McLaren, Haas and Alfa Romeo encountered difficulties with the new cars. That said, Alpine will be happy with their day’s running, while Ferrari and Red Bull both spent the whole day on track, along with Mercedes. 

Day 1 Testing – Total Team Laps

TeamTotal Laps
Red Bull147
Aston Martin115
Alfa Romeo32
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea