Ferrari already shows vigour with Charles Leclerc clocking in the fastest lap in first day session of pre-season testing session in Barcelona


Ferrari already shows vigour with Charles Leclerc clocking in the fastest lap in first day session of pre-season testing session in Barcelona

Charles LeClerc in the F1-75 during Day 1 of pre-testing

Ferrari’s Monégasque racing driver, Charles Leclerc stood out at the first phase of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today as he clinched the first spot during the morning session today.

Leclerc was moving on hard tires at the two-hour mark today until he shifted to C3 medium tires which gave him the boost to improve his timing by more than half a second to finish off the testing session today at 1:20:165.

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Lando Norris made some waves too by putting the MCL35 second, only three-tenths slower than LeClerc. Newly promoted Mercedes driver George Russell was the concluding driver to make his way into the 1m20s cohort during the morning session.

How well did Ferrari fare on Day 1 of the pre-testing session?

Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas stood out during testing today with their exceptional pace with Red Bull Racing and McLaren showing spirit too.

Ferrari finished off day one of pre-testing at Barcelona with an impressive total of 153 laps. It is fair to say that Ferrari’s stint today is already making the Tifosi hopeful for a successful Formula One season ahead so that the Italian-based racing team can go back to its winning ways.

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LeClerc’s fellow teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr. clocked the second-best time in the afternoon session of pre-testing with a spectacular timing of 1:20:416.

A successful start today is making Ferrari fans hopeful for the duo-Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz Jr to put Ferrari back in contention for the constructor’s championship this season.

Red Bull Racing making heads turn with its RB-18

Red Bull Racing's RB18 at Catalunya today
Red Bull Racing’s RB18 at Catalunya today

Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes claimed the first three spots at testing today with Red Bull Racing coming a close fourth with its RB18 challenger.

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Recently crowned world championship winner Max Verstappen seemed to have an easy-go with the RB18 and finished off testing at sixth position on Hard C2 tires.

AlphaTauri’s 21-year-old Yuki Tsunoda claimed the fifth spot today ahead of the defending title driver.

However, it is to note that the RB18 looked marvelous on the tracks today which was surprising considering the underwhelming response it got following its launch event.

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Also Read: “We are free to fight,” Charles Leclerc hints at the Ferrari duo getting competitive with each other in 2022

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