The first official running of the 2016 Formula 1 season is underway at Barcelona, following a flurry of morning launches (Manor, Toro Rosso, Force India, Renault, Sauber, Red Bull) and a busy first four hours thus far.
Sebastian Vettel is the early pacesetter for Ferrari in the new SF16-H at 1:24.939, with Lewis Hamilton next in the Mercedes W07 at 1:25.409.
Hamilton has been the busiest runner this morning, having already completed a race distance of 66 laps, with Valtteri Bottas in the Williams FW38 Mercedes next up at 43 laps.
Haas F1 Team, meanwhile, has had its first official running with Romain Grosjean turning the team’s first 13 laps in the VF-16 Ferrari.
Grosjean had some minor drama with the front wing coming off the car (video below), and told reporters it was a front wing failure, but returned to the pits for repairs. The team is investigating.
Jenson Button posted 35 laps in the new McLaren MP4-31 Honda, a good first amount of running for that team.
Here’s the times from the morning session, with the field on a lunch break now before resuming this afternoon.