With all six days of 2020 pre-season Formula 1 testing complete, we’ve collated the best times and total mileage stats for the definitive at-a-glance data package.
Keep an eye on The Race over the coming days for the full analysis of these raw figures, starting with Gary Anderson’s assessment of who’s really fastest and his trackside observations, Mark Hughes deciphering the data from the long runs, and our team by team verdict on every contender’s test fortunes and how prepared they are for Melbourne.
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1m15.732s||C5||Fri 1|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1m16.269s||C4||Fri 2|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||1m16.276s||C5||Fri 2|
|4||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1m16.360s||C5||Fri 2|
|5||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m16.410s||C5||Fri 2|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Renault||1m16.433s||C5||Fri 2|
|7||Sergio Perez||Racing Point-Mercedes||1m16.634s||C5||Fri 2|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr||McLaren-Renault||1m16.820s||C4||Fri 2|
|9||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||1m16.841s||C5||Thurs 2|
|10||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||1m16.871s||C5||Fri 2|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||AlphaTauri-Honda||1m16.914s||C4||Fri 2|
|12||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m16.942s||C5||Weds 2|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||1m17.037s||C4||Fri 2|
|14||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri-Honda||1m17.066s||C5||Thurs 2|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m17.091s||C5||Thurs 1|
|16||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-Mercedes||1m17.118s||C3||Thurs 2|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||Williams-Mercedes||1m17.313s||C5||Thurs 2|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m17.469s||C5||Fri 1|
|19||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||1m17.495s||C4||Fri 2|
|20||Alex Albon||Red Bull-Honda||1m17.550s||C2||Weds 2|
|21||Lando Norris||McLaren-Renault||1m17.573s||C3||Thurs 2|
Mercedes ended up with comfortably the fastest time of 2020 Formula 1 winter testing thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s demonstration of raw pace at the end of the first week.
The 1m15.732s Bottas set on the first Friday was the only sub-1m16s lap of the whole test fortnight.
The majority of the other personal best times in the final combined times came from the final day of running.
Exceptions included Alfa Romeo’s race drivers. While reserve Robert Kubica’s Wednesday qualifying simulation in week two put him 12th overall, a muted and occasionally messy second week for Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi left them relying on their week one times in 15th and 18th overall.
Three drivers set their best times on the medium and harder compounds.
Lance Stroll’s personal best for 16th overall was on the mid-range C3, as was Lando Norris’s – which put him at the bottom of the combined times but was regarded as a strong marker of McLaren’s potential as it undertook a conservative programme.
Alex Albon’s disrupted final day is likely to have been the reason he didn’t get to emulate Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen’s soft tyre time attacks. Albon ended up as the only driver whose best time came on a harder compound in 20th overall.
|2||Carlos Sainz Jr||446|
Another good sign for Mercedes on the longevity front – despite the reliability concerns it suffered, when it was running smoothly it could rack up plentiful mileage. That suggests that it could’ve smashed the 1000-lap mark across the six days without its engine woes.
This was in general a high-mileage test for the whole field, in a tribute to just how much reliability standards have improved and what teams can pack into ever-shrinking testing allowances.
Drivers and teams that do have concerns on that front include Williams – hamstrung by bearing the brunt of Mercedes’ problems – the low-key Alfa Romeos and the Haas drivers.