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Bahrain pre-season test: Day 2

"We're looking forward to catching-up on some mileage tomorrow"

Bahrain International Circuit, Friday 11 March

Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, and Executive Director, Technical, James Key, after Day 2 of the pre-season test.

Key facts

Drivers Lando Norris
Laps/km/miles  60/325km/202 miles   
Best laptime 1m34.609s (8th) 


“It’s been as good a day as it could be. There’s still a few problems that we’re working to resolve so, again, we made the most of what we could today. I don’t have a feeling for the longer runs yet, but on the short runs we’ve made some improvements again and did further aero tests. It’s been difficult with the wind changing so much and the sand getting blown onto the track. Despite the challenges we’ve made the most of what we could do today.”

JAMES KEY, Executive Director, Technical

“We had a bit of a slow start this morning, recovering from a couple of issues on our car. However, this stabilised and when we got going, we learned a lot from our time on track. The setup work we’ve done has been productive and interesting, given how different this circuit is to Barcelona. We ran through a programme of test items, which went well and as predicted, and undertook further aerodynamic measurements. Lando’s feedback was precise and helpful, and that allowed us to make good progress today as we evolved our understanding of the car and introduced new developments. We’re looking forward to catching-up on some mileage tomorrow on the final day of pre-season testing, and then turning our focus to the first race of the 2022 season.”

Today's official testing times

1 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:33.207s 60 laps
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:33.532s  60 laps
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:34.011s 86 laps
4 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:34.064s 70 laps 
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.141s 47 laps  
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:34.276s  111 laps
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.366s 54 laps 
8  Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.609s 60 laps 
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:36.020s  46 laps 
10 Yuki Tsonoda AlphaTauri 1:36.802s  120 laps 
11 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:36.987s  25 laps 
12 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:37.846s 23 laps 
13 George Russell Mercedes 1:38.585s 67 laps
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:39.845s  12 laps 
15 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:39.984s  48 laps 

Test dates

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

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