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Barcelona pre-season test 2022

Which teams completed the most laps on the first 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 first day of testing in Barcelona?

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Although Lando Norris set the pace on the opening day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he took his McLaren around the track in 1m19.568s on the Soft (C4) tyre, McLaren were actually one of the teams to accumulate the least mileage over the day.

With sheer lap count being a primary goal of pre-season testing as teams strive for mileage to better understand their new cars, there were a few clear winners on the opening day of action.

Ferrari finished in second and third place on the timing sheets, but their cumulative 153 laps between Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc has given the engineers plenty of useful data to pore over.

Red Bull were in second place, with 147 laps in total completed by Max Verstappen, as the Dutch driver kicked off his World Championship defence by putting in a full day behind the wheel.

Williams, underlining how far they have come in recent seasons after their testing troubles of three years ago, achieved the third highest lap count as Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon delivered 132 laps of Montmelo between them.

Barcelona F1 testing lap count by team (Day 1 - Wednesday)

Team Laps
Ferrari 153
Red Bull 147
Williams 132
Mercedes 127
Alpine 127
AlphaTauri 121
Aston Martin 119
McLaren 103
Haas 43
Alfa Romeo 32

Verstappen the most productive driver

In terms of the individual lap charts, Verstappen led the way as one of only four drivers to complete a full day at the wheel.

Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso (after some confusion as to who was driving the Alpine) and Norris all spent the day on track and unsurprisingly join Verstappen towards the top of the rankings.

Charles Leclerc completed the most laps (80) out of the drivers who spent half a day at the wheel, while George Russell, Sainz, Lance Stroll, Albon and Latifi also completed race distances at the venue.

Barcelona F1 testing lap count by driver (Day 1 - Wednesday)

Driver Laps
Max Verstappen 147
Yuki Tsunoda 127
Fernando Alonso 121
Lando Norris 103
Charles Leclerc 80
George Russell 77
Carlos Sainz 73
Lance Stroll 67
Alexander Albon 66
Nicholas Latifi 66
Sebastian Vettel 52
Lewis Hamilton 50
Mick Schumacher 23
Valtteri Bottas 23
Nikita Mazepin 20
Robert Kubica 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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