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Red Bull and Perez lead pre-season F1 testing



Red Bull and Perez lead pre-season F1 testing

At the conclusion of the three-day pre-season test in Bahrain, Red Bull emerged with the quickest time, thanks to Sergio Perez’s performance.

On the final day of testing, Sergio Perez had the RB19 car to himself, as his Red Bull teammate and reigning champion Max Verstappen had completed his testing program the previous day. Perez steadily reduced his lap times throughout the day, eventually setting the fastest time on the C4 compound, which is the second-softest tyre available.

Sergio Perez’s time of 1m30.305s not only marked an improvement on his own performance in last year’s Bahrain test, but also exceeded the pole time set by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the previous year’s season opener at the same circuit, albeit on a softer tyre compound. It is worth noting that the C4 compound used by Perez during the test will not be available during the Bahrain Grand Prix this year, with the C1, C2, and C3 compounds being the options available instead.

Mercedes appeared to have a better day compared to the previous ones, and Lewis Hamilton finished in second place, about three and a half tenths behind Perez. Hamilton set his fastest time on the softest C5 tyre.

Valtteri Bottas, who had the Alfa Romeo C43 car to himself for the day, completed the top three, setting a time half a second behind Perez’s on the C5 compound. Bottas is a former teammate of Hamilton’s.

During the afternoon, Carlos Sainz of Ferrari was the fourth-fastest driver on the C4 compound, although his time was only good enough for fifth place overall, falling 0.012s short of his teammate Charles Leclerc’s effort on the same compound during the day.

Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri was the final driver within a second of Perez’s time, with his best lap set on the C4 compound. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was just behind Tsunoda in the rankings, also setting his best time on the C4 compound.


The Aston Martin AMR23, which was arguably one of the standout cars during testing, took some time to return to the track after the midday switch from Felipe Drugovich to Fernando Alonso. The car also experienced a prolonged period in the pits during the day.

Despite the delay, Fernando Alonso managed to complete 77 laps by the end of the day, placing him in ninth position, between the morning’s fastest runner George Russell of Mercedes and Felipe Drugovich.

McLaren was the only team that failed to complete over 100 laps, which is considered a dubious achievement in F1 testing.

Oscar Piastri was limited to 44 laps in the morning session due to brake issues, and Lando Norris, who finished 11th on the C3 compound, spent a considerable amount of time in the pit lane in the afternoon due to an unspecified concern, which was later reported to be linked to the MCL60’s aero appendages. However, Norris was able to nearly double his lap count during the final hour of testing, ultimately finishing the day with a total of 37 laps.

Alpine did not appear to engage in any low-fuel performance running during the day, with Esteban Ocon finishing in 14th place during the afternoon session, driving a noticeably bouncy A523. Ocon finished just behind Williams driver Alex Albon, who covered the most distance of any driver during the day with 136 laps.

The afternoon session, which lasted for 4 hours and 15 minutes, concluded with a lively rolling start practice followed by a standing start rehearsal. This was the final collective track action for the F1 teams before the 2023 season officially begins with the opening practice of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend on March 3.

Here is the table of the pre-season testing results:

1PerezRed Bull1m30.305sC4125
3BottasAlfa Romeo1m30.827sC5120
9AlonsoAston Martin1m31.450sC466
10DrugovichAston Martin1m32.075sC577
17De VriesAlphaTauri1m38.244sC387

The distance covered by the drivers.

Fernando AlonsoAston Martin1461.24270
Nyck de VriesScuderia AlphaTauri1331.352246
Logan SargeantWilliams1239.348229
Lewis HamiltonMercedes1190.64220
Kevin MagnussenHaas1185.228219
Carlos SainzFerrari1179.816218
Yuki TsunodaScuderia AlphaTauri1136.52210
Alex AlbonWilliams1136.52210
Sergio PerezRed Bull1131.108209
Max VerstappenRed Bull1104.048204
Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Sauber1093.224202
Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo Sauber1082.4200
Charles LeclercFerrari1076.988199
Nico HulkenbergHaas1060.752196
George RussellMercedes963.336178
Esteban OconAlpine963.336178
Pierre GaslyAlpine947.1175
Oscar PiastriMcLaren920.04170
Lando NorrisMcLaren768.504142
Felipe DrugovichAston Martin633.204117

The distance covered by the Teams.

TeamDay 1 MileageDay 2 MileageDay 3 MileageTotal
Alfa Romeo Sauber746.856719.796708.9722175.624
Scuderia AlphaTauri708.972860.508898.3922467.872
Aston Martin541.2703.56849.6842094.444
Red Bull849.684665.676719.7962235.156

The distance covered by the power unit.

Power UnitDay 1Day 2Day 3TotalAvg

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