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F1’s first test at Barcelona: cumulative lap count

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The four days of the first Formula 1 test of 2017 are in the books from the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona and while lap times aren’t particularly important to note, lap counts generally are.

As you’ll note below, some teams and power units were busier than others over the four days.

Mercedes AMG Petronas had the busiest week with its two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, well over 230 laps for the four days – each day equal to or more than the 66-lap race distance for the Spanish Grand Prix. Bottas, in his first official running for Mercedes, was the only driver who ran all four days in a busy week, leading the field with 324 laps completed in his W08 EQ Power+.

Beyond those two, Ferrari was the only other team to get both its drivers over 200 laps; Sebastian Vettel clocked 267 and Kimi Raikkonen 201 in the new SF70H chassis.

Mercedes and Ferrari were the two busiest teams, with 558 and 468 laps completed, respectively. Ferrari, by way of consistent running for all three of its teams – the Scuderia plus customers Haas and Sauber – topped Mercedes in the power unit department with Renault lagging a bit further behind. McLaren Honda had two better days on Wednesday and Thursday after two nightmare ones to start the week.

The breakdown of laps run is below, first by driver, then by team, then by power unit. Laps gathered are from the official F1 postings at the end of the day via the @F1 account on Twitter; note Forix, F1’s primary stat database, gave Toro Rosso a few fewer laps than is listed below.

Table:

D1 D2 D3 D4
Mercedes Mon Tues Wed Thurs Total
44 Lewis Hamilton 73 66 95 234
77 Valtteri Bottas 79 102 75 68 324
Red Bull
3 Daniel Ricciardo 50 70 120
33 Max Verstappen 89 85 174
Ferrari
5 Sebastian Vettel 128 139 267
7 Kimi Raikkonen 108 93 201
Force India
11 Sergio Perez 39 82 121
31 Esteban Ocon 86 86
34 Alfonso Celis Jr. 71 71
Williams
19 Felipe Massa 103 103
18 Lance Stroll 12 98 110
McLaren
14 Fernando Alonso 29 72 101
2 Stoffel Vandoorne 40 67 107
Toro Rosso
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. 51 32 83
26 Daniil Kvyat 102 31 1 134
Haas
8 Romain Grosjean 56 118 174
20 Kevin Magnussen 51 118 169
Renault
27 Nico Hulkenberg 57 42 51 150
30 Jolyon Palmer 53 39 92
Sauber
9 Marcus Ericsson 72 126 198
36 Antonio Giovinazzi 67 84 151
By Team Mon Tues Wed Thurs Total
Mercedes 152 168 170 68 558
Ferrari 128 108 139 93 468
Sauber 72 67 126 84 349
Haas 51 118 56 118 343
Red Bull 50 89 70 85 294
Force India 39 86 71 82 278
Renault 57 53 42 90 242
Toro Rosso 51 102 63 1 217
Williams 103 12 98 213
McLaren 29 40 72 67 208
By Engine Mon Tues Wed Thurs Total
Ferrari 251 293 321 295 1160
Mercedes 294 266 339 150 1049
Renault* 158 244 175 176 753
Honda 29 40 72 67 208

*Renault runs as TAG Heuer with Red Bull and TBC with Toro Rosso

Hartley happy with ‘big progression’ on first day with Toro Rosso

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With 69 laps completed (28 in free practice one and 41 in free practice two) and respectable lap times in both sessions, Brendon Hartley quickly acclimated to a modern day Formula 1 chassis in his first run with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Friday practice for the United States Grand Prix.

The Porsche factory driver has been drafted into the team following a convoluted series of musical chairs that sees Daniil Kvyat back after a two-race absence, Carlos Sainz Jr. now at Renault and Pierre Gasly racing at the Super Formula season finale in Suzuka.

Over the time in the car today, Hartley experienced changeable conditions in FP1 before a more normal FP2, and discovered the new F1 cockpit after a day learning in the garage yesterday.

“A steep learning curve today! It all went pretty smoothly and I kept the car on track without making too many mistakes, so I’m quite happy,” the New Zealander reflected at day’s end.

“I didn’t really know what to expect from today because I just had so much to learn! I think I made quite a big progression throughout the day.

“The biggest difference from what I’m used to is the high-speed grip, it’s incredible here in Formula 1…it was quite an eye-opener! Another challenge are the tires, which are also quite different to what I’m used to. On the other hand, the long-run looks quite positive and I did a good job managing the tires there – the biggest thing I need to work on now is the new tire pace, and I’ll get another crack at it tomorrow morning before qualifying.

“All in all, I’d say it’s all coming together. We’ll now work hard and go through plenty of data tonight and hopefully I’ll make another step forward tomorrow.”

His best lap was 1.1 seconds up on Friday driver Sean Gelael, the Indonesian Formula 2 driver, in FP1 (1:39.267 to 1:40.406, good enough for 14th) and 1.1 seconds off the returning Kvyat in FP2 (1:37.987 to 1:36.761, good enough for 17th). Interestingly, the Gelael/Hartley combination in FP1 marked the second time in three races that Toro Rosso had a pair of drivers in its cars without a single Grand Prix start between them – Gasly’s debut at Malaysia was the other, when he and Gelael were in in FP1.

Coming into Friday’s running, Hartley said he was more ready for this opportunity now than he had been as a teenager. He admitted he’d called Red Bull’s Helmut Marko in the wake of Porsche’s LMP1 withdrawal news earlier this year to say he was game for any chance that might come.

“I’m a lot stronger than I was back then, basically. I wasn’t ready at 18 years old. I like to think I’m ready now,” he said.

“I haven’t driven a single-seater since 2012, but I like to think that Porsche LMP1 has hopefully prepared me well.”

As for the rest of his weekend, it’s been made more complicated by Hartley being assessed a 25-spot grid penalty, even though Hartley had done nothing to accrue the penalties.

The roundabout sequence of driver changes at Toro Rosso saw Gasly replace Kvyat, Kvyat replace Sainz, and now Hartley replace Gasly, as is outlined by NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton below.