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Pre-season F1 testing: The complete data rundown

by Matt Beer
3 min read

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.

Combined times

Pos Driver Car Time Tyres Day
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.

Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Barcelona F1 testing 2020

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.

Mileage stats

By driver

Pos Driver Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton 466
2 Carlos Sainz Jr 446
3 Charles Leclerc 442
4 Sergio Perez 441
5 Valtteri Bottas 437
6 Max Verstappen 414
7 Sebastian Vettel 402
8 Romain Grosjean 399
= Daniil Kvyat 399
10 George Russell 394
11 Esteban Ocon 376
12 Pierre Gasly 370
13 Daniel Ricciardo 367
14 Alex Albon 366
15 Lando Norris 356
16 Nicholas Latifi 343
17 Lance Stroll 341
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 323
19 Kimi Raikkonen 300
20 Kevin Magnussen 250
21 Robert Kubica 112

By car

Pos Car Laps
1 Mercedes 903
2 Ferrari 844
3 McLaren 802
4 Racing Point 782
5 Red Bull 780
6 AlphaTauri 769
7 Renault 743
8 Williams 737
9 Alfa Romeo 735
10 Haas 649

By engine

Pos Engine Laps
1 Mercedes 2422
2 Ferrari 2228
3 Honda 1549
4 Renault 1545

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.

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes stops Barcelona F1 testing 2020

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.

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