The winners and losers of F1 testing's opening day

The winners and losers of F1 testing's opening day

Dangerous to draw conclusions after one day of testing? Perhaps, but our resident ex-Formula 1 technical director has pooled plenty of input to get as reliable a steer as possible

There's a lot of truth in the usual sayings about the first day of testing not telling you a great deal about the season to come, but there's always something you can learn if you know where to look. And the opening day of 2018 pre-season testing at Barcelona has given us some hints.

A glance at the timesheets shows Red Bull fastest ahead of Mercedes and Ferrari. But while it would be a bit early to get excited about a three-team battle for the championship, there are some very encouraging signs for the season and there were also a few surprises today, which made it well worth hanging around a very chilly Barcelona to learn a few things.

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