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.
POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME LAPS 1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m31.412s 110 2 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m31.626s 113 3 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m31.809s 33 4 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m31.945s 46 5 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m32.203s 45 6 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m32.231s 74 7 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m32.727s 37 8 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m32.869s 39 9 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m32.912s 27 10 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m33.242s 59 11 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m33.320 63 12 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m33.742s 51 13 Roy Nissany ISR Williams Racing 1m34.789s 73 14 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m34.798s 46 15 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m36.127s 15 16 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m36.850s 6 17 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m37.983s 28
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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