Hamilton quickest in opening testing day

By on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The first of two days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir began on Tuesday, with all 10 teams competing in the 2017 Formula One Championship being present.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time (1:31.358) with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson recording the most laps (106).

"Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work", Hamilton concluded.

"Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of the car so that we can improve our long runs – particularly during the race and on the SuperSoft compound. We came here with a specific goal, so it was positive to get on top of that with the team. Sochi is a smoother track and less abrasive on the tyres, so they can go quite a long way. Hopefully we can rely on the pace of our car there rather than our use of the tyres."

1.       L. Hamilton Mercedes Grand Prix      01:31.358      97
2.  A. Giovinazzi Ferrari 01:31.984      93
3.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 01:32.349      45
4.  R. Grosjean Haas F1 01:32.452      87
5.  F. Massa Williams 01:32.509      56
6.  N. Hulkenberg      Renault 01:33.624      74
7.  L. Stroll Williams 01:33.729      35
8.  S. Gelael Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:33.885      78
9.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:33.984      89
10.  A. Celis Jr. Force India F1 01:33.939      71
11.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:34.550      106
12.  O. Turvey McLaren 01:35.011      17

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