Ricciardo puts Red Bull at the top of the timesheet!

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Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets mid-day, on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Aussie clocked in with 59 laps under his belt and the wheels of the team's new RB14, and a best lap of 1m20.179.

Both Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen were hot on the heels of their front-running rival however, with 0.327s covering the top three, nicely confirming at the outset the Red Bull-Mercedes-Ferrari hegemony.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was hard at work all morning, accumulating 73 laps of mileage - the most of any driver - and ending up fourth, just 0.368s adrift from the fastest time.

The session's first red flag was caused by a mechanical wheel-nut failure on Fernando Alonso's McLaren, an incident which deprived the team of three hours of track time.

Further down the pit lane, Toro Rosso and Brendon Hartley put its new STR13 through its paces, much to the pleasure of engine partner Honda which achieved more laps in the half-session that in an entiure day of running last year with McLaren.

Force India development driver Nikita Mazepin caused the morning's only other red flag when he spun at Turn 4, a mishap which left the Russian at the bottom of the timesheets, just behind Sauber's Marcus Ericsson.

Testing will resume at 2:00pm, and you can follow the action LIVE here.

Pre-season test Day 1 - lunchtime

Pos Driver Team Time Laps Tyre
1  Ricciardo  Red Bull  1:20.179 60 M
2  Bottas  Mercedes  1:20.349 58 M
3  Räikkönen  Ferrari  1:20.506 60 S
4  Hülkenberg  Renault  1:20.547 73 S
5  Hartley  Toro Rosso  1:22.371 72 S
6  Stroll  Williams  1:22.452 46 S
7  Grosjean  Haas  1:23.092 32 S
8  Alonso  McLaren  1:24.202 10 SS
9  Ericsson  Sauber  1:24.897 41 M
10  Mazepin  Force India  1:25.628 22 M

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