Ferrari showed strong vitality with Charles Leclerc hitting the clock in the fastest lap during the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona

Charles LeClerc in F1-75 on Day One of Pre-Test
Charles LeClerc in F1-75 on Day One of Pre-Test

Ferrari’s Monégasque racer, Charles Leclerc stood out at the first stage of pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today as he took first place in training this morning.

Leclerc was traveling on hard tires at the two o’clock mark today until he switched to medium C3 tyres, which gave him a time improvement of more than half a second to finish today’s test session at 1:20: 165.

Lando Norris also created some headwinds by placing the MCL35 second, only three-tenths slower than the LeClerc. Newly promoted Mercedes driver George Russell was the last driver to enter the 1m20 group in the morning session.

How good was Ferrari on Day 1 of the previous test session?

Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas stood out in today’s test with their outstanding speed with Red Bull Racing and McLaren also showing the spirit.

Ferrari finished the first day of pre-testing in Barcelona with an impressive total of 153 laps. To be fair, the arrival of Ferrari today has given the Tifosi hope a successful Formula 1 season ahead so the Italy-based team can get back on track to victory.

LeClerc’s teammates, Carlos Sainz Jr. hit the second best time in the pre-afternoon test session with a spectacular time of 1:20:416.

Today’s successful start is giving Ferrari fans hope in the Charles LeCllerc and Carlos Sainz Jr duo that will bring Ferrari back to compete for the constructors’ championship this season.

Red Bull Racing makes a head start with its RB-18

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

Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes took the first three places in today’s test with Red Bull Racing placing fourth close to its RB18 competitor.

Newly crowned world championship winner Max Verstappen appeared to have had an easy contest with the RB18 and finished testing in sixth place on Hard C2 tyres.

AlphaTauri’s 21-year-old Yuki Tsunoda took fifth place today ahead of the defending champion.

It should be noted, however, that the RB18 looked fantastic on track today, which is surprising considering the strong response it received after the launch event.

Also read: “We are free to fight,” Charles Leclerc hinted at Ferrari duo competing in 2022

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