Hülkenberg Tops Final Day Of First Test But Causes Red Flag

Nico Hülkenberg topped the final day of the first test at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona but only completed 24 laps for Renault Sport Formula One Team.

The German only drove in the afternoon after team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was in the cockpit of the R.S.19 in the morning. The Australian only completed 34 laps though as the team struggled with technical issues with Hülkenberg causing a red flag after his fastest time.

Alexander Albon and Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda continued to impress as the Thai driver finished second quickest with the two Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton fourth and fifth as Mercedes started to show of the potential pace in the W10.

Charles Leclerc had a trip through the gravel but was sixth fastest as he racked up 138 laps in the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow.

Lando Norris - Pre-season Test

Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lando Norris stepped up his preparation for his first season in the sport and finished seventh fastest but spun off at turn five early in the morning but the team got him back out as he racked up over 100 laps in the McLaren F1 Team.

Antonio Giovinazzi stopped twice in the last ten minutes but did complete the most amount of laps in his Alfa Romeo Racing on the final day of the opening test.

The two Rich Energy Haas F1 Team cars rounded out the top ten as they clocked over 100 laps between them

Pierre Gasly was eleventh on the timing sheets with Lance Stroll, who went for a spin going into the final chicane in twelfth.

Robert Kubica - Pre-season Test

Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd – Robert Kubica got his first taste of the FW42

ROKiT Williams Racing had their first full day of the test as Robert Kubica made his first appearance ahead of his comeback to Formula 1. He was bottom of the timing sheets with team-mate George Russell ahead of him as the two completed 65 laps for the team.

The second and final pre-season test begins next week.

POS NO. DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 27 Nico Hülkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team 1.17.393 24
2 23 Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1.17.637 +0.244 136
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault Sport Formula One Team 1.17.785 +0.392 34
4 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1.17.857 +0.464 57
5 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1.17.977 +0.584 58
6 16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1.18.046 +0.653 138
7 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1.18.431 +1.038 132
8 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing 1.18.511 +1.118 154
9 8 Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 1.18.563 +1.170 64
10 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 1.18.720 +1.327 66
11 10 Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.18.780 +1.387 146
12 18 Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team 1.19.664 +2.271 72
13 63 George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing 1.20.997 +3.604 17
14 88 Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing 1.21.542 +4.149 48

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