Barcelona Day 1: Early trouble for Red Bull


Red Bull, who unveiled their new car on Sunday – the RB13 – hit trouble on the opening morning of the first Formula 1 pre-season test of the 2017 season in Barcelona.

Daniel Ricciardo completedu only a handful of laps before his car stopped on the Circuit de Catalunya at turn four.

The Australian hitched a lift to the pit lane while his Red Bull was towed to the garage on the back of a pick-up truck.

The problem comes in the wake of Toro Rosso also encountering issues with their Renault power unit, which also powers Red Bull albeit a TAG Heuer badged version of the engine, during their filming day at Misano last week.

The team attributed the problem to a sensor issue, which the team appeared to resolve in time for the afternoon session.

Barcelona Test Day 1, Morning – Best Lap Times

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:22.791ss1m22.791s62
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1:23.169ss0.378s79
3Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1:23.709ss0.918s39
4Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1:25.552ss2.761s39
5Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1:25.632ss2.841s18
6Nico HulkenbergRenault1:26.319ss3.528s22
7Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1:26.404ss3.613s15
8Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1:26.865ss4.074s32
9Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1:28.712ss5.921s4
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1