Max Verstappen, the owner of the preseason

The Red Bull driver led two of the three days and in the last one he set the best time of the general tests of the Máxima

La F1 ended with his preseason which consisted of three days of testing at the Sakhir, that the next 28 will be the scene of the Bahrain Grand Prix within the framework of the start of the tournament. The fastest was the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who set the best time on the last day in which the 1m30s was lowered.

Verstappen stuck the stopwatch on 1: 28.960 / 1000 and left the Japanese behind Yuki tsunoda (Alpha Tauri), who established 1: 29.053. The result achieved by both demonstrated the good Honda engine performance.

Max Verstappen
Photo: Mark Thompson / Getty Images.

“He has been very efficient during all the tests. I can say that it has been an excellent weekend, but of course I am not here to give any guarantee "said Verstappen, who dominated two of the three days. "It will be seen in a few weeks how we really are, but I would say that the car is fine", Hill.

In this same tune also stood out Ferrari, which had promised to have a faster power unit for this year. That was ratified with the third place of the Spanish Carlos Sainz and Finn's room Kimi Raikkonen, who runs with a Alfa Romeo Powered by the Scuderia.

Yuki tsunoda
Photo: Joe Portlock / Getty Images.

The other side of the coin of these tests was the performance of Mercedes, which had several performance issues with its W12. The english champion Lewis Hamilton, who complained about the chassis performance, closed the Top 5 ahead of his compatriot George russell (Williams).

While the Finnish Valtteri Bottas, who managed to defeat Verstappen on the second day, finished with ninth place overall after beating the Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine).

"We have made some progress with the balance with a lot of fuel and the car was more predictable, but we can see from the data we have collected in recent days that in race pace, we are not as fast as Red Bull"Said Andrew Shovlin, director of track engineering for the German team.

Now the teams will have a few days to analyze what happened and prepare everything for the start of the championship.


1 Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull 1:28.960 Soft 14/3
2 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) AlphaTauri 1:29.053 Super soft 14/3
3 Carlos Sainz (ESP) Ferrari 1:29.611 Soft 14/3
4 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo 1:29.766 Super soft 14/3
5 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes 1:30.025 Super soft 14/3
6 George Russell Williams 1:30.117 Super soft 14/3
7 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren 1:30.144 Soft 14/3
8 Sergio Pérez (MEX) Red Bull 1:30.187 Soft 14/3
9 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes 1:30.289 Super soft 13/3
10 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine 1:30.318 Soft 14/3
11 Pierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri 1:30.413 Super soft 13/3
12 Lance Stroll (CAN) Aston Martin 1:30.460 Super soft 13/3
13 Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari 1:30.486 Middle 14/3
14 Lando Norris (ING) McLaren 1:30.586 Soft 13/3
15 Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Alfa Romeo 1:30.760 Super soft 13/3
16 Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine 1:31.146 Soft 12/3
17 Nikita Mazepin (RUS) Haas 1:31.531 Soft 14/3
18 Nicholas Latifi (CAN) Williams 1:31.672 Soft 13/3
19 Mick Schumacher (ALE) Haas 1:32.053 Middle 14/3
20 Sebastian Vettel (ALE) Aston Martin 1:33.742 Prototype 12/3
21 Roy Nissany (IL) Williams 1:34.789 Middle 12/3




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