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F1 BAHRAIN GP FP3 – VERSTAPPEN COMFORTABLY LEADS

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F1 BAHRAIN GP FP3 - VERSTAPPEN COMFORTABLY LEADS

F1 Bahrain GP FP3 – That’s a power lap from Max Verstappen, who is 1.3s quicker than his new team-mate. Probably won’t do Perez’s confidence much good…

Max Verstappen delivers what we’ve been waiting for – on his first lap with the softs, he’s a full 0.739s quicker than Hamilton with a 1m30.577s.

Full final practice results for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, the opening round of the 2021 F1 world championship season.

Full Formula 1 results from the final practice session of the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir. 

2021 F1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS (3)

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIMEGAPLAPS
1VerstappenNEDRed Bull 1m30.577s11
2HamiltonGBRMercedes 1m31.316s+0.73914
3GaslyFRA AlphaTauri 1m31.583s+1.00613
4 BottasFINMercedes 1m31.855s+1.27816
5PerezMEXRed Bull1m31.908s+1.33111
6SainzESPFerrari1m32.108s+1.53116
7Kimi FINAlfa Romeo 1m32.224s+1.64715
8OconFRAAlpine 1m32.423s+1.84611
9StrollCANAston Martin 1m32.431s+1.85413
10RicciardoAUSMcLaren 1m32.477s+1.90012
11LeclercMONFerrari 1m32.482s+1.90517
12 GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo 1m32.500s+1.92311
13TsunodaJPNAlphaTauri 1m32.709s+2.13215
14VettelGERAston Martin1m32.755s+2.17815
15AlonsoESPAlpine1m32.820s+2.24315
16NorrisGBRMcLaren 1m32.860s+2.28315
17RussellGBRWilliams 1m33.323s+2.74614
18SchumacherGER Haas 1m33.422s+2.84514
19MazepinRUSHaas 1m33.622s+3.04514
20LatifiCANWilliams 1m33.959s+3.38216

There’s certainly a theme to the weekend beginning to emerge isn’t there? Verstappen has been fastest in all three sessions, and Mercedes – or Bottas at least, judging by his several lap deletions for track limits – don’t appear happy. Could it really be this straightforward for qualifying though? Does Mercedes have a magic bullet to deploy?

Max Verstappen underlined the potential of Red Bull’s RB16B as he finished comfortably clear of his rivals during final practice for Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen topped both of Friday’s sessions ahead of the new campaign and extended his margin during the daytime FP3 session, held in exceptionally hot conditions.

As drivers carried out runs on Soft tyres Verstappen clocked a time of 1:30.577s to finish over seven-tenths clear of World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen was fastest through all three sectors of the 5.4km circuit with his margin largest through the downforce-heavy middle section.

Hamilton was the only other driver to finish within a second of Verstappen’s benchmark.

While Verstappen moved emphatically clear fellow Honda-powered squad AlphaTauri also showed encouraging speed.

Pierre Gasly finished third overall to classify ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, who both trailed their respective team-mates.

Carlos Sainz emerged as lead Ferrari driver once more, taking sixth, while Kimi Raikkonen claimed a strong seventh for Alfa Romeo.

Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll put Alpine and Aston Martin into the top 10 while their team-mates had a more subdued showing.

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel was only 14th while the returning Fernando Alonso classified 15th.

McLaren finished as the second-fastest team on Friday courtesy of Lando Norris but slipped down the timesheets on Saturday.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10 while Lando Norris was a low-key 16th in the sister MCL35M.

Williams and Haas once more finished at the back, with George Russell eclipsing reigning Formula 2 champion Mick Schumacher by a tenth of a second.

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THE NEXT RACE 2021

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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