F1 Testing: Kubica fastest in morning on Day 1 of second test

Robert Kubica set the fastest time in the morning session of the opening day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona.

The Alfa Romeo driver set a best time of 1m16.942s on the soft compound tyre to set the best time of the session, nearly six tenths faster than the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly, in a surprise headline for the first day of the final week of testing.

Although Gasly ended the morning with the second fastest time, he had a disruptive start to the day, only completing 25 laps after losing a lot time in the garage due to an issue with his car early on.

It transpired that the problem was a loose pipe, but when he finally got going, he set a time of 1m17.540s, putting him just 0.012s ahead of the Red Bull of Alex Albon.

Albon also had a difficult morning after an issue with the RB16 kept the car confined to the garage for a large part of the session, with Albon only managing to complete 29 laps.

Lewis Hamilton had a more productive morning in his Mercedes, completing a total of 88 laps, setting a best time of 1m17.562s in the process, which was good enough for fourth.

The Racing Point of Lance Stroll was fifth fastest, just over two tenths down on Hamilton’s Mercedes, while Sebastian Vettel was sixth on the timesheet.

Vettel also had a strong morning, completing 84 laps in his Ferrari, although he had a harmless spin mid-way through the session.

His best time was a 1m118.113s, a tenth faster than the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

The McLaren of Carlos Sainz was eighth fastest, having completed 46 laps, while Nicholas Latifi was ninth fastest in his Williams FW43.

Latifi had racked up 48 laps with just over an hour to go but a suspected engine issue caused him to pull off the track on the back straight, and triggered the only red flag of the session.

Romain Grosjean had the slowest time in his Haas, with a best lap of 1m18.670s, having completed 42 laps.

Day 1 Morning Results

Position Driver Team Time
1 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1m16.942s
2 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0.598
3 Alexander Albon Red Bull +0.608
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.620
5 Lance Stroll Racing Point +0.845
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.171
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault +1.272
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren +1.279
9 Nicholas Latifi Williams +1.358
10 Romain Grosjean Haas +1.728