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Hamilton tops timesheets on day 1 at Paul Ricard // Lewis posts the fastest time in the smallest number of laps

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Hamilton tops timesheets on day 1 at Paul Ricard
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Today is the 14th May, welcome to F1Minute.

The teams kicked off a three day test at the Paul Ricard circuit today, with Lewis Hamilton taking the initial lead. He posted the quickest time after completing the smallest number of laps. He was followed by Räikkönen in the Ferrari and Kubica was third fastest in the BMW.

Vettel got to drive the STR3 for the first time today, after Bourdais debuted it during the last test, and subsequently crashed it into the wall. Vettel finished the day in the middle of the timesheets, although he did cause one red flag during the day.

The other red flag came from Renault driver Luca di Grassi, who finished the day as the slowest driver on track.

Williams tested out a new piece of aerodynamics – trying out the engine cover fin as previously seen on the Red Bull and the Renault. And Honda were testing new variations on their dumbo-ears at the front of the car.

Elsewhere today, the Czech official who suggested Ron Dennis may have brought about the release of the Max Mosley video has apologised to McLaren.

That’s it for now, please join me again tomorrow for another F1Minute.