The first day of test saw the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel take the honours for the quickest time, but it was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who impressed the most as the Mercedes team completed 156 laps, which is over two full race distances, underlining the reliability of the Silver Arrows team.
Not only do we accept that, we embrace it. Mercedes have won 32 of the 38 races in the past two seasons leading many, include Mercedes have won 32 of the 38 races in the past two seasons leading many, including four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, to claim the sport has become predictable and boring for spectators.
Vettel and Hamilton exchanged the fastest times early in the session, with Valtteri Bottas of Williams in third.
McLaren, who a year ago endured a terrible campaign, also lifted the lid on their challenger ahead of Monday’s first winter test.
The US-based Haas team, who are joining F1 this season, had a hard debut, their new vehicle suffering a front wing failure on the main straight while Romain Grosjean was travelling at around 200mph.
“We had the first proper day of testing today, from which we got a first feeling from the auto and the first impression is good, I think the new vehicle is a step forward”, said Vettel.
Hamilton says he was pleased with his morning on the Circuit de Catalunya having enjoyed his time away from the track since winning his third Drivers’ Championship.
Mclaren-Honda made a significant improvement on its disastrous performances in testing last season which set up a hugely disappointing return season to the sport for the Japanese manufacturer.
“So that means we know the vehicle is better than previous year”.
“There is plenty of stuff to get on top of which is normal for a new vehicle”.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner is anticipating a slow start to the season as the team develops its Renault engine.
“I’ve never had a first practice day like it, to jump in the vehicle and not have a single problem”, said Hamilton. “That’s the most important things in these early days”.
“We put in a phenomenal effort through previous year”, said Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monoghan.
“It’s not a secret in four weeks we will be in Australia so yeah that’s why we have a lot of work to do”.
“I believe it will be a transitional year“, said Horner. It doesn’t make any difference to my business.
Bernie Ecclestone recently described F1 as “the worst it’s ever been”, adding, “I wouldn’t spend my money to take my family to watch a race”.
Cameron has called a referendum on Britain’s European membership for June 23 after striking a deal with other EU leaders on Friday for the country to have a special status.