McLaren rookie Lando Norris was fastest on the first day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona, despite finding reliability issues.
Equipped with the C5 tyres – the softest compound in Pirelli’s range – Norris posted a 1m17.709s time to edge Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly off of top spot.
Soon after vaulting to the top of the times, Norris stopped on track for the second time in the day. The first was caused by a hydraulic problem on the MCL34 before lunch.
Both Ferrari and Mercedes’ mileage was hampered, as the Scuderia completed cooling checks in the morning, while Valtteri Bottas stopped on track with an oil pressure problem after just one lap at the start of the afternoon session.
Here is a full round up of how all 10 teams fared on the first day of the second test.
The first day of pre-season testing. Christmas morning for F1 fans, who have been deprived of track action for an entire winter. Having my Twitter timeline engulphed in F1 sights and sounds was simply brilliant.
Simply brilliant is also how Mercedes would describe their first day of official track action in 2017, as for the fourth season in a row, they have exploded out of the blocks. Meanwhile, Red Bull and McLaren endured a baptism of fire as reliability woes serve to provide some early season question marks.
Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT on day one of pre-season testing.