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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

Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

IndyCar Harvest GP practice
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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.