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Barcelona pre-season test 2022

Which teams completed the most laps on the final day of testing?

While fast times make for good headlines, the main aim of pre-season testing is to get a solid understanding of a new F1 car. Which teams accumulated the most laps on the third and final day of testing in Barcelona?

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Mercedes finished off their Barcelona test by setting the benchmark in terms of pace and reliability on the final day.

With Lewis Hamilton and George Russell claiming a 1-2 on the timesheets, their W13 also put in 160 laps of the circuit between the two drivers. This took the Mercedes team to just under 400 laps in total for the three-day test.

McLaren may have had a nondescript day in terms of pace on track, but the Woking-based team logged 138 laps between Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo – a lap count that was only bested by Mercedes.

Ferrari and Red Bull also had strong days, finishing up with 136 and 133 laps respectively.

Five teams failed to put in a full Grand Prix distance on the final day, due to various issues. Alfa Romeo managed 51 laps, as Guanyu Zhou had two on-track stoppages in the morning session.

Aston Martin completed just 48 laps, with Sebastian Vettel breaking down on track before the lunch break – the resulting oil leak proving terminal to the team's programme.

AlphaTauri finished with 40 laps, but it was a driver mistake that cost them track time as Pierre Gasly crashed during the morning session.

Alpine clocked just 12 laps, with Fernando Alonso before suffering a catastrophic hydraulic failure that ruled them out for the rest of the day, while Haas' Nikita Mazepin had only done nine laps of the track when the VF-22 suffered a terminal leak that the team couldn't fix quickly enough to get back on track.

Barcelona F1 testing lap count by team (Day 3 - Friday)

Team Laps (Day 1) Laps (Day 2) Laps (Day 3) Test total
Ferrari 153 150 136 439
AlphaTauri 121 147 40 308
Aston Martin 119 127 48 294
McLaren 103 126 138 367
Alpine 127 125 12 264
Williams 132 108 107 347
Haas 43 107 9 159
Mercedes 127 106 160 393
Alfa Romeo 32 92 51 175
Red Bull 147 78 133 358

Hamilton and Albon the mileage kings on Friday

None of the drivers managed to break into triple-digit lap counts on Friday, with Hamilton and Alex Albon leading the way on 94 laps apiece.

Carlos Sainz was also a strong performer as he put in 92 laps, while Ricciardo managed 86 for McLaren.

For most of the rest of the field, it was a Grand Prix distance or less, with Mazepin doing the fewest laps – just nine.

Barcelona F1 testing lap count by driver (Day 3 - Friday)

Driver Laps
Lewis Hamilton 94
Alex Albon 94
Carlos Sainz 92
Daniel Ricciardo 86
Sergio Perez 74
George Russell 66
Max Verstappen 59
Lando Norris 52
Sebastian Vettel 48
Charles Leclerc 44
Guanyu Zhou 41
Pierre Gasly 40
Nicholas Latifi 13
Fernando Alonso 12
Valtteri Bottas 10
Nikita Mazepin 9

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With F1 pre-season testing getting underway in Barcelona this week, our journalists Dieter Rencken, Mike Seymour and Thomas Maher look ahead to what to expect.

F1 2022 Barcelona pre-season test RN365 News dossier

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