Mercedes and McLaren set the fastest times during pre-testing in Barcelona with George Russell and Lando Norris using the softer C5 and C4 compounds, Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz only ‘pushed’ with the C3 midsize at equal to Max Verstappen signing the third and fourth absolute performances. Above all, the F1-75 has you covered over 300 laps proving to be very reliable and it is this aspect that the team principal of the Scuderia di Maranello Mattia Binotto underlined expressing great satisfaction for this start of 2022 anticipating that the F1-75 will not change much look in Bahrain in two weeks when it will go in search of performance.
“The Ferrari seems very strong to me, especially in the race pace”he has declared Lando Norris during today’s press conference, while box-mate inside McLaren Daniel Ricciardo pointed out that from his point of view Mercedes and Red Bull have hidden in these three days of Montmelò. The British driver, freshly renewed until 2025, said he can’t wait to race on a track with fast corners to be able to follow the other cars more easily without losing a lot of downforce: “I think in circuits with fast corners we will have fun because following the cars will be easier so racing could be more fun for us drivers”.
The overall balance of these first days of testing in 2022 is obviously positive for Lando Norris, who does not want to give too much weight to the first rankings that emerged from the Catalan circuit: “It was a great start, but I don’t think we are ahead of the others. We have worked on our program and I was not expecting reliability problems ”.
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