F1 News: McLaren’s Fernando Alonso tops Silverstone test

F1 News: McLaren’s Fernando Alonso tops Silverstone test

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso once again put McLaren on top of the race on the opening day of F1’s second in-season test at Silverstone.

The Spaniard led for much of the three-and-a-half hour race session and ended the race with 1.5 seconds ahead of Mercedes development driver Esteban Ocon, who was making debut for F1 championship leader Mercedes.

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Alonso’s benchmark time of 1m 31.290s came during the third hour of running, placing him 1.543s clear of Mercedes’ Esteban Ocon.

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Mercedes’ Esteban Ocon was, however,  the most productive driver of the Silverstone test, clocking up 80 laps of the Northamptonshire circuit, which about three times than its nearest rival Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso.

Alex Lynn took third for the Williams F1, the GP2 driver lapping just over three seconds behind Alonso and just 0.013s quicker than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Williams F1 reserve driver Alex Lynn came home a distant third just ahead of current GP3 Series championship leader Charles Leclerc, who made his official Formula 1 debut with Haas during practice at the weekend.

Force India’s Nikita Mazepin ended fifth well ahead of Carlos Sainz who completed 91 laps for Toro Rosso.

Santino Ferrucci, who made his F1 test debut for Haas, was seventh for Haas F1, and scored his first points of the season last weekend.

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Pascal Wehrlein, who is performing tyre development work for Pirelli, spent the entire day in a 2014-spec Mercedes. Wehrlein completed 48 laps for the Italian tyre manufacturer and ended the day eighth overall.

Completing the timesheets were Manor’s Rio Haryanto, who ended the day as the lowest of the four full-time drivers participating in proceedings, Renault’s Sergey Sirotkin and Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly, whose car was equipped with a Halo cockpit protection device for his installation laps.

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