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F1 Pre-Season Testing 2018: Times and Wednesday Analysis from Barcelona

F1 Pre-Season Testing 2018: Times and Wednesday Analysis from Barcelona

This week marks the official return of Formula 1 with pre-season testing kicking off today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The start was delayed for more than three hours because the medical helicopter was unable to fly in the poor conditions after overnight snow. Alonso's 11 laps, which nearly seem mighty compared to what everyone else accomplished, were done nearly entirely in sets of one, and only on the full wet tires.

"With the weather conditions being up and down and the loss of track time we had on Monday, it made sense to keep Valtteri in the vehicle", said Hamilton, who managed only 25 laps on the opening day.

As temperatures climbed slowly above freezing in the afternoon, the early snow and sleet turned to heavy rain, but Ricciardo's mishap emphasised why running was so restricted - teams wanted to avoid risking damaging their cars.

The unusually cold conditions near Barcelona have hindered the teams' ability to learn much about their new cars throughout the week, with the track lacking enough grip for proper runs.

The season starts on March 25 with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Snow also affected the end of the second day of testing on Tuesday. We will never race in this circumstance, and the only thing you do is risk the vehicle.

Force India's Sergio Perez has yet to test the team's VJM11, so it's likely the Qilverstone-based outfit will entrust the Mexican with its day's programme. We look ahead at what to expect over the next four days as the teams get down to action with their fingers firmly crossed in the hope their expectations are realised.

"The big teams do a lot more work in testing so they lose as much as us". It should be warmer for Thursday's final session, but more rain was expected.

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