FER­RARI LANDS FIRST STRIKE THE REST OF THE GRID MANOR RAC­ING

Scud­e­ria fastest on first day of run­ning as Vet­tel tops times Manor Rac­ing’s new MRT05 is the best car the team has yet pro­duced, ac­cord­ing to its bosses.the car will run worksspec Mercedes en­gines and a Wil­liams trans­mis­sion for this year as well as a ra

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook TEST­ING TIMES Track: Cir­cuit de Catalunya Date: Feb 22 Weather: Cloudy, mostly dry Pho­tos: LAT

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel led the way fol­low­ing the first day of F1 pre-sea­son test­ing at the Cir­cuit de Catalunya, but Fer­rari lagged well be­hind Mercedes in the over­all mileage count.

Four-time world cham­pion Vet­tel put the Scud­e­ria’s new SF16-H ma­chine top with his 1m24s lap on Mon­day morn­ing, but reign­ing cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton had com­pleted 156 laps in his new F1 W07-hy­brid ma­chine just be­fore Mo­tor­sport News closed for press in the evening. Vet­tel in com­par­i­son com­pleted just 69 laps dur­ing a leisurely start for Fer­rari.

The re­sult mir­rors the first day of test­ing at the same venue last year, with Fer­rari fastest and Mercedes top of the mileage chart.

Red Bull Rac­ing fin­ished the first day third in the times, with Daniel Ric­cia­rdo just over a se­cond adrift of Vet­tel. Wil­liams’ Valt­teri Bot­tas was

Vet­tel topped the times, but not the lap counter

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