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.
|Best laptime||1m35.356s (6th)|
LANDO NORRIS, #4
“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|
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