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Mercedes: A lot to try and cram into six days of F1 testing

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Formula 1 World Champion team Mercedes began their 2022 campaign with a solid start, their drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in the top five also combining for handy hassle-free mileage on day one of testing in Barcelona.

New boy Russell was first up, taking the W13 out in clear conditions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to bank solid mileage as the team worked through its scheduled testing programme.

Hamilton took the baton for the afternoon session, completing 50 laps focused on characterising the W13 and better understanding how it rides and handles.

Russell ended the day fourth fastest, a second and a bit shy of Lando Norris in the Mercedes powered McLaren; Hamilton was fifth, a tenth and a bit slower than his new teammate.

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Shovlin: From a pace point of view it’s too early to say where anyone stands

Mercedes trackside boss Andrew Shovlin summed up his team’s first day in Spain: “We got through a lot of work today and both drivers have been able to give us their initial impressions of the W13.

“Overall the day has been surprisingly straightforward although looking up and down the pitlane, you can see how high the reliability standards are and most teams seemed to be running their programmes without issue.

“There really is a lot to try and cram into the six days of winter testing when you consider how different the car and the regulations are. Nevertheless, we have made good progress on understanding the aerodynamics and the tyres, while at the same time getting nearly 600km under our belts.

“From a pace point of view it’s too early to say where anyone stands, we’ve also got a few wrinkles to iron out in terms of balance and performance before really trying to put times on the board.

“However, our overall feeling from today is a good one and we’re looking forward to making more progress tomorrow,” added Shovlin.