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F1 2021 pre-season testing – Fernando Alonso has yet to drive the Alpine A521 but he was speaking earlier during the lunch break, for the first time since he sustained a fractured jaw in a cycling accident in Switzerland in February.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has topped the times on the opening morning of pre-season testing, while Ferrari and Mercedes both encountered problems.

McLaren have gotten their pre-season preparations off to a great start by topping the times in the opening session.

Lap times at 1pm on Day 1 of pre-season testing in Bahrain ahead of the 2021 F1 season.

1Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m32.203s45
2Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m32.231s74
3Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m32.245s77
4Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m32.959s77
5Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m33.242s59
6Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m33.320s63
7Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m33.742s51
8Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m33.76711
9Roy NissanyISRWilliams Racing1m34.789s46
10Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m35.478s19
11Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m36.127s15
12Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m35.691s5
13Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m36.850s6
14Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m37.440s4
15Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m37.798s8
16Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One TeamNo time set2
17Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One TeamNo time set0

Alonso stressed that he missed “only a couple of marketing days and filming days, which I was happy about in a way! Then I recovered everything yesterday afternoon, I had a very intense day of marketing activities. I feel fine. Obviously one thing is the professional side and driving side, which I’m 100 percent. On the personal I will have to remove two titanium plates which I have in the upper jaw which will be removed at the end of the season.”

Carlos Sainz is set to appear for Ferrari shortly – for the first time in an official capacity. He has taken part in private test days in a 2018-spec car at Fiorano and has spent the winter assimilating himself within the Ferrari camp at Maranello. Speaking over the lunch break, Sainz said: “I feel a bit impatient, I’m not going to lie! It’s been a long time waiting for this moment. We did a filming day yesterday, but you know we used the prototype tyres, and we’ve done some testing with the older cars, but today… Today’s finally a day that I’ve been working for the most, you know, with the simulator, with the preparation with the engineers to try and arrive here as ready as possible. The conditions out there look challenging for a first day in the car. The wind is blowing a lot. There’s a lot of dust on track, so it’s not going to be an easy day by all means, but I need to tick my boxes, make sure I complete my run program and that’s it.”

Mercedes are currently slowest of everyone with Bottas and Hamilton P15 and P16, we can already hear the headline writers tapping away feverishly.


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