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BAHRAIN F1 PRE-SEASON TESTING DAY 1 – VERSTAPPEN LEADS

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BAHRAIN F1 PRE-SEASON TESTING DAY 1 - VERSTAPPEN LEADS

Bahrain F1 pre-season testing – For 2021, teams only have three days of testing ahead of the new season which kicks off at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 26-28.

Here are the latest standings and times from the Bahrain International Circuit, updated hourly, on the first day of pre-season testing for the 2021 season.

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIMELAPS
1Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m31.412s110
2Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m31.626s113
3Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m31.809s33
4Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m31.945s46
5Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m32.203s45
6Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m32.231s74
7Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m32.727s37
8Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m32.869s39
9Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m32.912s27
10Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m33.242s59
11Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m33.32063
12Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m33.742s51
13Roy NissanyISRWilliams Racing1m34.789s73
14Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m34.798s46
15Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m36.127s15
16Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m36.850s6
17Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m37.983s28

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen led proceedings on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain as Mercedes had an abnormally off-colour display.

Formula 1 is this year holding just a sole three-day test in preparation for the record-breaking 23-event season, which will commence at the same venue in two weeks’ time.

Drivers had to grapple gusty and dusty conditions for much of the day, with track conditions at their worst shortly after lunch, with plumes of sand trailing from the rear of the cars.

Verstappen used the Medium tyres to clock a time of 1:30.674s – over three seconds down on last November’s pole position effort at the grand prix – to finish two-tenths clear of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Red Bull was also the most productive team during the course of the opening day, amassing 139 laps, over two grand prix distances worth of mileage.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was third, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll fourth, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz fifth and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi sixth.

Morning pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo slipped to seventh spot by the close of play, ahead of AlphaTauri pairing Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.

World Champions Mercedes endured an atypically disrupted and quiet start to pre-season testing, with Lewis Hamilton only just scraping into the top 10.

The W12 completed only an installation lap before a gearshift problem consigned Valtteri Bottas to the garage for the bulk of the session, limiting him to just five more laps.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff affirmed that the “issue came out of nowhere” and the squad was still trying to understand the cause.

Hamilton took over from Bottas for the afternoon session but cut a subdued figure, with several scruffy moments, not troubling the top of the timesheets, and amassing only 42 laps.

It meant Mercedes finished with just 48 laps, its best effort 2.2s off Verstappen, with the least mileage of any team.

On a largely trouble-free opening day of running in Bahrain a few other teams’ programmes were interrupted by glitches.

Mick Schumacher’s session for Haas was truncated to just 15 laps due to a gearbox change.

Charles Leclerc halted the Ferrari SF21 just 10 minutes prior to the lunch break, causing the day’s sole red flag, while Stroll’s arrival after lunch was delayed owing to a small electrical issue.

Their respective team-mates, Nikita Mazepin and Sainz, both had spins through Turn 11 in the afternoon session but were able to continue their programmes.

Williams, meanwhile, handed the day’s running to test driver Roy Nissany.

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Bahrain


Bahrain Grand Prix26 Mar
BRITISH TIME

SESSION
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00
Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00
Free practice 3
18:00 - 19:00
Qualifying
18:00 - 20:00Race
Bahrain57 laps308.238 km




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