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Red Bull reveal racing livery as Force India stay pretty in pink

Red Bull reveal racing livery as Force India stay pretty in pink

Alonso caused the first red flag of the day when a "wheel-nut issue" resulted in the MCL33 losing its right-rear wheel and becoming beached in the gravel at the final corner in the first hour.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was four-tenths of a second slower than the Red Bull, despite posting his hot lap using the quicker soft compound.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fastest on the first day of pre-season Formula One testing in Barcelona on Monday (Feb 26). Track temperatures dropped to single figures and the air temperature was only just nudging six degrees Centigrade in the final two hours of running.

Bottas finished just 0.176s behind Ricciardo's lead time - the Finn will hand the Mercedes W09 over to reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton for the afternoon.

The team has also struck a title partnership with British manufacturer Aston Martin, who enjoys significant branding on the new RB14 auto and is known to be considering an entry to F1 as an engine supplier in 2021 should the new regulations prove appealing enough.

According to Accuweather, the weather in Barcelona should not improve in the coming days, with more rain and low temperatures expected.

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Now a Renault engine customer, McLaren was hoping to hit the ground running this year after three seasons of pre-season struggles with former engine partner Honda. You know what it is.

"This has become a bit more flexible, a bit less painful, so we will factor that into the way that we are building the plan for this year in terms of engines in production, and possible engine penalties if we have to, or if we think that this is tactically in our advantage to do so".

That reduced mileage requirement would allow the team to run at higher performance levels for longer, while the additional units would also provide extra opportunities to introduce upgrades.

Bottas put in the second fastest lap. That moved Carlos Sainz, who took over Renault testing duties in the afternoon, to fifth and Hamilton up to sixth. The team completed 93 laps with Brendon Hartley at the wheel and set the eighth fastest time by the end of the session. The Australian bucked that trend and braved the poor conditions to be the only driver to reach the 100-lap mark.

Reserve driver Nikita Mazepin ran into the gravel at Turn 4 after a spin in the morning session and did not complete any more laps after that.

Last year, Ricciardo proved to be the circuit's next best driver after the dominant four of Mercedes and Ferrari.


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