The 2021 Formula 1 Championship is taking form as the teams fielded their 2022 cars for the official Barcelona pre-season test, with Charles Leclerc setting the fastest lap in the morning session.

The first pre-season test of the 2022 Formula 1 season began on Wednesday morning in Barcelona, with all ten teams testing their new vehicles.

The teams were greeted by chilly but sunny conditions at the start of the three-day event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which F1 refers to as a lower key, pre-testing track session before the formal pre-season test in Bahrain.

Charles Leclerc set the early pace for Ferrari, posting a record of 1:21.718 on the C2 Hard compound tyre, half a second faster than Max Verstappen (also on C2 Hards), who debuted the’real’ RB18.

Red Bull was the point of attraction after their RB18 was spotted for the first time after launching a dummy car and discreet shakedown at Silverstone last week. The RB18 aroused eyebrows when it emerged from the garage, with a completely different design compared to the car at its official launch.

Over the opening hours of track action, Ferrari and Red Bull were the most productive teams, with Leclerc and Verstappen clocking 37 and 40 laps respectively, recording the longest distance covered by the new cars.

Lando Norris in the McLaren MCL36 was the third fastest, while the new Mercedes driver, George Russell finished fourth after his first runs in the all new W13.

Russell’s teammate, seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, inspected the pit lane to get an early look at what the competitors had been up to during the winter.

As the field gathers first data with their new cars, Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), and Nikita Mazepin (Haas) set lap times in the morning session.

Robert Kubica, an Alfa Romeo reserve, was the least productive of the drivers in action, completing four laps without setting a time.

2022 F1 BARCELONA PRE-SEASON TESTING – DAY 1 – MORNING SESSION

 
POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIMELAPS
1Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1m20.165s57
2George RussellGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m20.784s57
3Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m21.173s37
4Max VerstappenNEDOracle Red Bull Racing1m22.246s65
5Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri1m22.692s23
6Fernando AlonsoESPBWT Alpine F1 Team1m23.317s33
7Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team1m23.328s31
8Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m23.379s47
9Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m26.455s13
10Robert KubicaPOLAlfa Romeo F1 Team OrlenNo Time Set4
11Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 TeamNo Time Set0
12Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 TeamNo time set0
13Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauriNo time set0
14Sergio PerezMEXOracle Red Bull RacingNo time set0
15Lance StrollCANAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One TeamNo Time Set0
16Alexander AlbonTHAWilliams RacingNo Time Set0
17Esteban OconFRABWT Alpine F1 TeamNo time set0
18Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One TeamNo Time Set0
19Carlos SainzESPScuderia FerrariNo Time Set0
20Valtteri BottasFINAlfa Romeo F1 Team OrlenNo Time Set0

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