Mercedes AMG Petronas reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein picked up right where the the team’s race drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, left off at the end of this weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
The young German set a best time of 1:11.005 in the W06 to lead the first of two days of the Austrian in-season test, primarily comprised of young and reserve drivers.
Fellow Mercedes-powered driver Esteban Ocon, sitting in at Force India, was second with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen third.
Much of the day was halted by rain, and there wasn’t a ton of running. The session was extended to account for the lost time.
One driver who had a rough inaugural outing was Ferrari Driver Academy youngster Antonio Fuoco, who crashed on debut.
The 19-year-old Italian, in his first day in an F1 car, went off at Turn 1. The car was brought back to the paddock on a flatbed. Still, he completed 71 laps of running and ended fourth on the day.
Susie Wolff completed 39 laps for Williams, as the team premiered a new aero component in front of the rear wheel assembly.
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