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

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.791ss 1m22.791s 62
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.169ss 0.378s 79
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:23.709ss 0.918s 39
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:25.552ss 2.761s 39
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:25.632ss 2.841s 18
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:26.319ss 3.528s 22
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:26.404ss 3.613s 15
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:26.865ss 4.074s 32
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:28.712ss 5.921s 4
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1