Vettel fastest as teams experiment with new components in Spain test

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Times aren’t usually as intriguing as new elements and components on a test day, and such was the case again on Tuesday for the first of two days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel primarily focused on short runs and led the way on the timesheets with a best time of 1:23.220.

“I think it is a unique chance having the opportunity right after the GP to test at the same track, more or less on the same conditions,” Vettel said, via the official Formula 1 website.

Vettel was also one of three drivers to clock more than 100 laps in the session, with Nico Rosberg leading the way in the lap chart department at 119 laps in the Mercedes W07 and Renault rookie Esteban Ocon clocking in 105 laps.

Jenson Button was third on the day for McLaren and led the morning session.

Williams Martini Racing raised eyebrows with radical front and rear wings on the FW38 chassis, where test driver Alex Lynn took the reins for the day.

Beyond Lynn and Ocon, Scuderia Toro Rosso (Pierre Gasly) and Sahara Force India (Alfonso Celis Jr.) also fielded young drivers in the opening day of the test.

Meanwhile down at Haas F1 Team, Romain Grosjean rolled out a new VF-16 chassis to attempt to sort whatever balance issues have been plaguing him. The Frenchman went off post-race after another challenging Grand Prix, which was a far cry from the beyond surreal start to his season when he finished sixth and fifth in succession in Australian and Bahrain.

Times from the first day of running are below.