Welcome to the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona.
It's a little bit overcast here this morning, but we're hoping the sun will burn through the cloud as the morning progresses.
Lots of young drivers out today, with Verstappen, Ocon, Stroll, Vandoorne, Kvyat, Magnussen, Palmer and Giovanazzi all driving today. They will be joined by the oldest man in the field, Kimi Raikkonen, as well as both Mercedes drivers.
A new approach to social media from F1's bosses means you will be seeing more videos like this over the next couple of weeks. Teams are now allowed to film small clips from within the paddock and all of them have jumped at the opportunity.
Raikkonen is the first out the pits, followed by Stroll, Giovinazzi and Magnussen.
@MB99999 I think he's better than many expect. He's got the pay driver tag because he is bringing so much money to the team, but he's also the reigning F3 champion. I'm not expecting Verstappen levels of talent, but I don't think he'll embarrass himself either
A bad start to the day for McLaren as Vandoorne's car returns to the pit without power. The marshals come out to give it a push and it is soon greeted by McLaren mechanics. All looks very similar to yesterday.
@Nitish Yep, that seems to be the case. It all depends on the compounds Pirelli brings to each race. So far most of the running has been on softs and degradation has been low. Pirelli were asked to deliver tyres that had low degradation so that drivers can push harder for longer and don't need to save tyres. The downside to that is that there is a chance a lot more races will be one-stoppers. It seems you can't have the best of both worlds.
I should add that Pirelli were between a rock and hard place over the winter. They tested with mule cars last year but only had simulations from the teams to guide their development ahead of yesterday's opening test. In order to make sure we have tyres that can race, it's understandable if they went a bit conservative with the compounds.
@Siddhesh, yep, that's pretty worrying but it's also quite vague. I couldn't say with confidence how difficult that will make it to fix, but the oil tanks and their positioning tend to be a key part of the architecture of these power units.
@Charbel, lower from what most people were saying.
Hamilton sets a 1:26:834 on his first flying lap. Only installation laps so far, so nothing to get excited about.
@Krishna, Possibly later in the season Pirelli will be more aggressive with compound choices, but because they only have the relatively cold weather testing here then they are planning to go conservative for the opening races (again, to make sure we have tyres capable of racing). Barcelona is a pretty intense track for tyres, so if the soft is not degrading that much then the chances are the tyres are much more stable. The big question is whether Pirelli has successfully built a "cliff" into the performance of the tyres, so that performance will fall dramatically once they are taken to a certain amount of laps. If they can do that -- essentially by layering compounds -- then maybe they can put a limit on how far the drivers can go and induce more pitstops without drivers needing to nurse their tyres.
But it's still early days, so we will have to wait and see what the drivers, teams and Pirelli feed back to us over the course of testing.
No sharkfin on the Mercedes this morning, but it shows how quickly that car is developing that they completed 152 laps on the first day and are already bringing new parts at a quick rate to the car.
@browgreg75 A possible option. Seems a bit artificial to me, but then I suppose so is the mandatory pit stop and quick degrading tyres.
@Martijn The cars are only slightly louder than last year. I happily walked around the inside of the circuit yesterday without earplugs, but it's probably a good idea to pack some in case your ears a more sensitive than mine!
@browgreg75 The installation of new engines is always tricky - remember this new Honda is pretty much all new. They also don't want to put another one in only to have the same problem again, so they are also looking for any hints as to how to solve the issue. When it became clear that it would need greater analysis they changed the whole thing, but it's not the work of a moment with these cars and all the power unit components.
@MB99999 It all depends on the compound being used. But the first year in Russia the teams said it would be very possible - they were actually experiencing negative degradation when the car gets quicker as the fuel load goes down and the tyres hold on. With this year's tyres it might be possible, but we are only on the first day of testing and perceptions about these things do tend to change. Remember in 2005 the tyres had to last a whole race by regulation.
Good news McLaren and Honda fans! Vandoorne is back on track, so hopefully that was a minor glitch this morning.
@Keith, If Honda are struggling with all their technical know-how and resources, I imagine McLaren would struggle even more. McLaren don't make their own engines for their road cars, they outsource to Ricardo (and soon BMW).