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.
“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.
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.
PRE-SEASON TESTS OF FORMULA 1 2021
|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|