Bahrain pre-season test: Day 3 "Winter testing has now concluded and we're very excited to be going racing again"

Bahrain International Circuit, Saturday 12 March

Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, and Team Principal, Andreas Seidl, after Day 3 of the pre-season test.

Key facts

Drivers Lando Norris
Laps/km/miles  90/487km/303 miles   
Best laptime 1m33.191s (9th) 


“A better final day. We ended with some more positives with thankfully a lot more running. The team made some good progress with the problems we’ve been having. There’s still a lot of improvements to be made for us to able to compete next week. We have a better understanding of the car, and we’ll try to implement all of that next week and improve everything going into the first race of the season. So, a tough three days, not what we wanted but good enough. We’ve learnt a lot and made the most of it, which is the most important thing.”

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ANDREAS SEIDL, Team Principal

“After a positive start in Barcelona, we’ve had a very challenging test here in Bahrain. Our running has been compromised by an issue on the front axle. Time constraints did not allow us to entirely solve this during the test but we were able to move forward, despite a limitation in the number of laps we could complete. We continued to improve our understanding of the car and extract more performance over the course of the test.

“The objective is to fully solve this issue before next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, giving it our all here at the track and at the MTC to catch-up on what we’ve lost over the past three days. Thanks to our entire trackside team, the team back home at the factory and our colleagues from Mercedes HPP for their hard work during this test. Thanks also to Lando for completing all three days, with Daniel unavailable, testing positive for covid. We wish him a speedy recovery and are looking forward to having him back next weekend for the first race of the season. Winter testing has now concluded and we’re very excited to be going racing again.”

Today's official testing times

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing  1:31.720s 53 laps
2 Mick Schumacher  Haas  1:32.241s 85 laps
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32.415s  51 laps
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:32.698s 122 laps 
5 George Russell Mercedes 1:32.759s 71 laps
6 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:32.985s 68 laps
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:33.002s 57 laps 
8  Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing  1:33.105s 43 laps 
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:33.191s  90 laps 
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:33.821s  81 laps 
11 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:33.959s  82 laps 
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:34.865s 91 laps 
13 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:34.905s 68 laps
14 Alex Albon Williams 1:35.171s  18 laps 
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:35.634s  124 laps 
16 Lance Stroll  Aston Martin  1:36.029s 53 laps
17 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  1:36.217s 78 laps
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas  1:38.616s 38 laps

What's next?

Pre-season testing has now concluded. The team will return to the McLaren Technology Centre and start final preparations for the 2022 season. The MCL36 will return to track at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Test dates

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

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