Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team fastest on first day of Formula One winter testing

NEW rules. New cars. Same result. Mercedes dominated the first day of Formula One pre-season testing, sending a message that the overhaul of regulations may not derail the three-time defending champions.

While Lewis Hamliton aimed for speed, new teammate Valtteri Bottas went for distance as they shared time behind the wheel of the revamped silver arrow. Hamilton took over driving in the afternoon and clocked the day’s fastest lap, bettering Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari by 0.113 seconds.

In four hours of driving before lunch, Bottas outworked the rest of the field with 79 laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. That total surpassed the 66 laps of the Spanish Grand Prix at the same venue.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day one of Formula One winter testing.
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day one of Formula One winter testing.Source: Getty Images
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing talks to the media at Circuit de Catalunya.
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing talks to the media at Circuit de Catalunya.Source: Getty Images

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