Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has set the fastest time of the morning session on the last day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. Red Bull was late this morning with going out on the track because they were setting up an upgrade that arrived in the late evening.
The Austrian team has put new sides on its RB18. Perez came out on the track only an hour later (09:00) after the signal was given that testing had begun. However, the Mexican had the fastest time of 1: 33.105, set on C4 tires.
Perez added another 43 laps to his number of laps. Alfa Romeo, ie their driver and rookie newcomer Guanyu Zhou, took second place behind Red Bull Perez. The Chinese had a time of 1: 33,959 done also on C4 tires, as well as the fastest driver of the morning session.
Zhou added an excellent 82 laps to this, which will come in very handy for the Swiss team due to certain problems they had before. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was the busiest driver in this part of the test. The French driver crossed as many as 91 laps.
In addition, Gasly recorded a 1: 34.865 time on C4 tires, finishing in 3rd place. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz settled behind AlphaTauri's Gasly. The Spaniard finished in fourth place with a time of 1: 34.905 on C3 tires.
Carlos added 68 laps to this, and during the session, he tried a significantly different program - short, long stints, so time was not in the foreground. Alpine also had a change to its car at this session. The French manufacturer has changed the front wing on its A522 car.
Fernando Alonso, the Alpine driver, finished in 5th place. The Spaniard did 54 laps and set a time of 1: 35.328 on a C4 tire mix. At this session, McLaren again had a well-known problem with the brakes that are "pulling" since the beginning of testing in Bahrain.
Other F1 drivers
In addition, Daniel Ricciardo will not drive in tests due to Covid-19. Therefore, Lando Norris performs all test duties. The Briton finished in 6th place with a time of 1: 35,504. worked on C4 tires. Nicholas Latifi placed 7th.
After yesterday's problems, the Canadian's last end of the car - the brakes, caught fire, so he had to finish his program much earlier. Today, Latifi did 73 laps, while 1: 35.634 set the time on C3 tires. Willimas will have an extra hour of testing today due to yesterday’s problems.
Aston Martin's Lance Stroll placed 8th. The second Canadian had a time of 1: 36.029 set on a medium hard tire component: C3. Lance circled the track 53 times. Seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton stopped in 9th place.
The Briton had a time of 1: 36.217 done on the softest component of C5 tires. Hamilton did a very good number of laps 78. Yesterday's fastest driver Kevin Magnussen had a problem with the fuel system today, which forced him to finish the morning part of the program earlier.
The Haas driver crossed 38 laps, and in that period he set a 1: 38.616 time on a harder mix of C2 tires with which he finished in 10th place. The American team will still have extra testing time today.