February 27, 2017 – The new Formula 1 season unofficially kicked off as the first day of the first 2017 pre-season test took place today on Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Three time world champion Lewis Hamilton was the quickest of all in the new Mercedes W08 EQ Power+, clocking 1m21.765s on the yellow soft tyres, which was a tenth quicker than what Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel had managed on the white medium tyres.

Mercedes were also the leading team in terms of lap count, with Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas managing 152 laps combined.

It was a bad day for McLaren who missed the morning session due an oil system problem, while a sensor issue brought Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull to a stop. Both teams were able to run in the afternoon.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps Tyres
1 Hamilton Mercedes  1:21.765 73 S
2 Vettel Ferrari  1:21.878 128 M
3 Massa Williams  1:22.076 103 S
4 Magnussen Haas  1:22.894 51 S
5 Ricciardo Red Bull  1:22.926 50 S
6 Bottas Mercedes  1:23.169 79 S
7 Perez Force India  1:23.709 39 S
8 Sainz Toro Rosso  1:24.494 51 M
9 Hulkenberg Renault  1:24.784 57 M
10 Alonso McLaren  1:24.852 29 S
11 Ericsson Sauber  1:26.841 72 M

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