Despite the sandstorm in the afternoon, Max Verstappen was the first of three days of the Formula 1 Winter Test at the Bahrain Circuit on Friday.
His new teammate Sebastian Vettel (Sebastian Vettel) must be ranked 13th among the 17 riders participating in the Sarkhill circuit.
Verstappen completed 139 laps in his Red Bull race and achieved the best result in 30.674 s in 1 minute. The Dutchman was one of the only two drivers to be tied for the start all day.
The other is France’s Esteban Ocon, who ranks third with his Alpine (former Renault) car, 47th of a second behind the leader.
Lando Norris’ McLaren racing car is now driven by Mercedes and slipped to second place at a speed of 1:30.889 and achieved the result in just 46 laps.
Then, in the afternoon, the British handed the steering wheel of the car to his new partner, the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who ranked seventh.
“This is a good start and a fruitful meeting,” Stroll said. When I drove in the afternoon, the situation was tricky. Before the first corner of the negotiation, you may feel the influence of wind and sand. I think all drivers feel the same. “
These preliminary tests are expected to arouse controversy in Bahrain on March 28. This will be an opportunity for the first Grand Prix of the 2021 season. This is an opportunity for pilots to test new mounts.
In terms of the board’s ten fleet strategy (including the amount of fuel on board), the results may be misleading.
Stroll said: “Obviously, after driving only one afternoon, it is too early to make a judgment about the car.” But the first contact was encouraging. I quickly felt the effect of reducing downforce and new tires. “
There are undoubtedly two factors that will reduce the speed of cars in 2021. Although we are only on the first day of private testing, it is worth mentioning that Lewis Hamilton won the lead at 1:27.264 last year. , Three seconds later than Verstappen’s time on Friday.
As for Vettel, he hid his satisfaction in his Aston Martin after the first morning outing, and he ended his six-year association with Ferrari.