Bahrain pre-season test: Day 1 "A tough but fruitful day overall"

Bahrain International Circuit, Thursday 10 March

Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, and Executive Director, Racing, Andrea Stella after Day 1 of the pre-season test.

Key facts

Drivers Lando Norris
Laps/km/miles  50/271km/168 miles  
Best laptime 1m35.356s (6th) 


“A tough day with a few problems, which set us back a lot of laps meaning we couldn’t do the long runs. We still maximised today as much as we could and as much as what the issues allowed us to do. Hopefully the next few days, we can make up for that – we just have to change the programme around a little bit in how we’re trying to understand the car. It’s tricky because it’s a very different circuit: a lot bumpier; a lot hotter. Cars are getting pushed to a very different limit to the past week of testing in Barcelona. There’re many things for us to understand and we’ll keep learning over the next couple of days.”

ANDREA STELLA, Executive Director, Racing

“It has been a busy first day at the Bahrain International Circuit. We spent most of the morning investigating brake cooling configurations, with a methodical step-by-step approach that delivered the required information, preparing us for the rest of the test and the Bahrain Grand Prix next week. In the afternoon, we spent time developing the set-up of the car. That was very useful, and we found good directions. A tough but fruitful day overall. We’re all hoping Daniel is feeling better tomorrow.”

Today's official testing times

1 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:33.902s  103 laps 
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:34.359s  52 laps 
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.531s  64 laps 
4 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:34.736s  50 laps 
5 Alex Albon Williams 1:35.070s  104 laps 
6 Lando Norris McLaren  1:35.356s  50 laps 
7 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:35.495s  66 laps 
8  Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:35.706s  39 laps 
9 George Russell Mercedes 1:35.706s  60 laps 
10 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing  1:35.977s  23 laps 
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.365s  62 laps 
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:36.745s  24 laps 
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:36.768s  42 laps 
14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:37.164s  54 laps 
15 Pietro Fittipaldi Alfa Romeo 1:37.422s  47 laps 

Test dates

Three days (Thursday 10 - Saturday 12 March 2022). 

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