BARCELONA: Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton laid down an early marker forward of the brand new Method One season on Friday when he set the quickest time in pre-season testing in Barcelona.
In an extra increase for Mercedes, Hamilton’s new teammate George Russell got here house in second place.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, simply behind Pink Bull colleague Sergio Perez.
Hamilton, controversially edged out for the 2021 title by Verstappen within the season finale in Abu Dhabi, clocked a greatest time of 1min 19.138 seconds.

“It has been an attention-grabbing few days, it isn’t been the simplest or smoothest operating – now we have some obstacles to beat,” mentioned Hamilton.
“We might at all times need extra laps however I am proud of in the present day’s operating, I bought nearly 100 laps in in the present day which for half a day’s operating, is not too unhealthy.”
Russell, who had topped the morning session, completed with a better of 1:19.233.
Having switched from Williams to Mercedes, Russell insisted the occasions meant little forward of the brand new season which begins in Bahrain on March 20.

“The three days in Barcelona have been extremely intriguing. I do not suppose the lap occasions are very consultant in any respect,” he mentioned.
“We had been prime of the timesheets in the present day on the C5 tyre compound which is extremely robust round Barcelona, however I would not learn a lot into it. The Ferrari and McLaren look robust.”
Like Russell, Verstappen refused to see any vital indications in Barcelona as to how the forthcoming season will play out.
The Dutchman prefers to concentrate on his possibilities in Bahrain the place extra testing will happen earlier than the lights exit at Sakhir in three weeks’ time.
“Every part labored properly within the operating we bought and the automotive felt good, however our morning was considerably interrupted by various crimson flags throughout the session so we could not full all of our deliberate programme,” he mentioned.
“What’s constructive is that the automotive is operating easily, I do not take note of the lap occasions simply but, I’ll look into that once we get into Q3 in Bahrain.”

Friday occasions:
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.138 (94 laps)
2. George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.233 (66)
3. Sergio Perez (MEX/Pink Bull) 1:19.556 (74)
4. Max Verstappen (NED/Pink Bull) 1:19.756 (59)
5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin) 1:19.824 (48)
6. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:19.831 (44)
7. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) 1:20.072 (92)
8. Alexander Albon (THA/Williams) 1:20.318 (94)
9. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams) 1:20.699 (13)
10. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren) 1:20.750 (86)
11. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) 1:20.827 (52)
12. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine) 1:21.242 (12)
13. Guanyu Zhou (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 1:21.939 (41)
14. Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri) 1:22.469 (40)
15. Nikita Mazepin (RAF/Haas) 1:26.229 (9)
16. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:30.433 (10)

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