Bahrain pre-season test: Day 3 "We are now ready to go racing"

Bahrain International Circuit, Saturday 25 February

Hear from McLaren Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri and Team Principal Andrea Stella after Day 3 of the pre-season test.

Key facts

Laps/km/miles 37 (200 miles/321km) 
Fastest lap 1m32.160s (11th) 

“A decent three days here in Bahrain. First of all it's good to be back in a car. Second of all a big improvement from our test last year, getting so many laps under our belt, so the team have done a good job, a big thanks goes to them. We know there’s a few things we still need to improve on, but we’re in a reasonable place heading into race week. We’ve gathered a lot of data, which we’ll be analysing thoroughly ahead of next week. We’ll be working hard to get as much lap time out of the car and look to get the development of the MCL60 underway.

Laps/km/miles 44 (238 miles/383km) 
Fastest lap 1m33.655s (16th) 

“Day three done. It wasn’t the smoothest of mornings as we had a few issues with the car. I didn't get as many laps in as we would have liked. But nonetheless we still got some good running, and I'm still learning all the time, which is good. I think we’re in reasonable shape for next week, some more laps would be lovely but that’s always the case. It’s been a good few days of working with the team, getting the season underway, thanks to them for their support. I feel like we’re in a pretty good spot and I'm looking forward to getting out for my first race next week.”

ANDREA STELLA, Team Principal

“The final day of pre-season testing has been challenging, as we had some downtime during the repair of a minor ongoing issue. We are not concerned about the issue for the race but it required some attention today to ensure we could complete as much of our run plan as possible. Despite those small setbacks we could still get some good information about the car in representative night-time conditions. We were able to see that we have made some steps in terms of performance across the test, and we have some valuable information ahead of the race next weekend.

“I would like to thank all the team, both trackside and at the factory, for the hard work during the test. Likewise, I would like to thank HPP for their support. We are now ready to go racing and look forward to the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix.”

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Today's official testing times

1 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing  1:30.305 133 laps
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.664 65 laps
3 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:30.827 131 laps
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.024 67 laps 
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:31.036 76 laps
6 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:31.261 79 laps 
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.381 95 laps 
8 George Russell Mercedes 1:31.442 83 laps 
9 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:31.450 80 laps 
10 Felipe Drugovich Aston Martin 1:32.075 77 laps 
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:32.160 37 laps 
12 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:32.762 56 laps 
13 Alex Albon Williams 1:32.793 136 laps 
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:33.257 76 laps 
15 Nico Hulkenberg Haas 1:33.329 77 laps 
16 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:35.665 44 laps 
17 Nyck De Vries AlphaTauri 1:38.244 87 laps 

Test dates

Pre-season testing has now concluded. The team will stay in Bahrain and start final preparations for the 2023 season. The MCL60 will return to track at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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