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F1 2022 Bahrain day 1 – Mercedes surprise, Gasly leads



F1 2022 Bahrain day 1 - Mercedes surprise Gasly leads

Lap times Day 1 of pre-season testing in Bahrain ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly clocked the fastest time on the opening day of Formula 1’s second pre-season test in Bahrain.

4 StrollCANAston Martin1m35.219s50
5AlbonTHAWilliams 1m35.070s104
7BottasFINAlfa Romeo1m35.495s66
8 VettelGERAston Martin1m35.706s39
10PerezMEXBull Racing1m35.977s138
12 AlonsoESPAlpine1m39.437s24
14ZhouCHNAlfa Romeo1m37.164s54

Gasly set a time of 1:33.902s on the C5 tyres during the twilight evening session to finish four-tenths clear of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.

Charles Leclerc’s time from the morning session was quick enough to ensure he wound up third overall.

Both Ferrari drivers clocked their best laps on the C3 tyre.


The afternoon session was disrupted by two stoppages.

The first was caused when an aero rake detached from Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin and scattered debris on the track.

The second came in the closing stages, causing the day’s running to come to an early end, when Sergio Perez had a low-key spin through Turn 8.

On a cooldown lap, amid a trial Virtual Safety Car period, Perez lost the rear of the RB18 exiting Turn 8 and crept into the gravel trap, beaching the car.

Perez nonetheless amassed the most mileage on Thursday’s running as he racked up 138 laps.

Haas made up for lost time after its delayed start to the day, with test driver Pietro Fittipaldi completing 47 laps in the VF-22.


That left Haas only three laps shy of McLaren’s total for the day, with Lando Norris having a low-key outing, racking up just 50 laps.

Alpine also had a relatively subdued afternoon session as Fernando Alonso took over from Esteban Ocon but added only 24 laps to the team’s tally.

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Mercedes surprised the Formula 1 paddock when Lewis Hamilton rolled out of the garage with brand new sidepods on the W13 as 2022 Formula 1 testing in Bahrain got underway.

The sidepods on the Mercedes car caused a storm in the paddock, with looks completely different to the sidepods used in Barcelona last time out. It seems likely we haven’t seen Mercedes at full power yet. 


The Mercedes car contained the most visible differences. Christian Horner allegedly said that parts were illegal on the Mercedes, but Red Bull Racing denied these comments.

Ross Brawn admitted it was an innovation Formula 1 didn’t see coming. 

Porpoising is still causing headaches for the teams. Midway through the morning session, Hamilton opted to run a push fast lap with a low ride height, but the car violently bounced up and down the home straight into turn one.

All teams seem to be struggling, whilst the Williams car was spotted with a skirt coming off the floor to try and solve the problem. 

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DateMorning SessionAfternoon Session
Day 123rd February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 224th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 325th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
2023 F1 Car Launches
TeamCar NameDate
HaasVF-2331 January
Red BullRB1903 February
WilliamsFW4506 February
Alfa RomeoC4307 February
AlphaTauriAT0411 February
Aston MartinAMR2313 February
McLarenTBA13 February
FerrariTBA14 February
AlpineA52316 February
MercedesW1416 February
Next Race
Bahrain 202305 Mar
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00Free practice 3
18:00 - 19:00Qualifying
18:00 - 20:00Race
Bahrain57 laps308.238 km
2023 F1 Calendar
1BahrainSakhir5th Mar.
2SaudiJeddah19th Mar.
3AustralianAlbert P2nd Apr.
4AzerbaijanBaku City30th Apr.
5MiamiBaku City7th May
Drivers Standings 2023
1Max Verstappen
2Lewis Hamilton
3George Russell
4Charles Leclerc
5Carlos Sainz
6Sergio Perez

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