F1 2020 Pre-Season Testing: Day 1 Statistics

Formula 1 is back. Day 1 of pre-season testing saw Lewis Hamilton lead a Mercedes 1-2, with the team also completing the most laps. Here are all the statistics from the opening day of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The first day of pre-season testing began at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a photo call on the grid. Soon after, it was announced that Charles Leclerc would be taking Sebastian Vettel’s place at Ferrari for the morning session. The under the weather German is expected to return to the cockpit tomorrow. In stark contrast to last year’s testing woes, George Russell was first out on track for Williams.

There were four red flags on the first day of pre-season testing last year, but none this year. The relatively incident-free day saw the drivers complete 1,358 laps in total. There were a few minor hiccups. Daniil Kvyat came to a brief halt on his way out of the garage following a coding issue, Daniel Ricciardo missed the first hour of the afternoon at Renault and Max Verstappen had a couple of spins at the final chicane. Despite his spins, Verstappen was the first driver to reach 100 laps.

Today’s fastest lap, set by Lewis Hamilton, was only 0.755 seconds slower than the fastest lap set over the eight days of pre-season testing last year  (a 1:16.221).

Best Lap Times

  Driver Team Time Tyre
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.976 C2
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.313 C3
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:17.375 C3
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.516 C3
5 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.698 C2
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.842 C2
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.873 C3
8 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:18.004 C3
9 George Russell Williams 1:18.168 C3
10 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:18.282 C2
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.289 C3
12 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:18.382 C4
13 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:18.386 C3
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.466 C3
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:20.096 C3

Laps Complete



  1. Max Verstappen 168
  2. Carlos Sainz 161
  3. Charles Leclerc 132
  4. Daniil Kvyat 116
  5. Kevin Magnussen 106
  6. Lewis Hamilton 94
  7. Valtteri Bottas 79
  8. Antonio Giovinazzi 79
  9. George Russell 73
  10. Nicholas Latifi 63
  11. Esteban Ocon 62
  12. Robert Kubica 59
  13. Sergio Perez 58
  14. Daniel Ricciardo 56
  15. Lance Stroll 52



  1. Mercedes 173
  2. Red Bull 168
  3. McLaren 161
  4. Alfa Romeo 138
  5. Williams 136
  6. Ferrari 132
  7. Renault 118
  8. AlphaTauri 116
  9. Racing Point 110
  10. Haas 106


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