Romain Grosjean set the fastest morning time of the first day of the Bahrain F1 test at which Mick Schumacher had his first appearance for Ferrari and was faster than Fernando Alonso who returned to the F1 car for the first time after the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP.
In Bahrain, about an hour after the start of the test, the rain came down on the track and when it was stopped, an even greater downpour began.
Grosjean held the best time before the rain, 1:30.982, and Schumacher had 33 laps in the bag before the rain started and finished the eight fastest, 1.5 s behind Grosjean.
Alonso, who drives the McLaren MCL34 with the ‘locked’ car settings to test 2020 Pirelli tyres, was tenth fastest and Sainz in second McLaren was the fourth fastest.
Toro Rosso also have the second car on this test – Albon tests for Toro Rosso and Kvyat is doing Pirelli’s 2020 F1 development program.
MORNING TIMES FROM DAY 1
DRIVER LINE-UP FOR DAY 1
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton/George Russell
Ferrari: Mick Schumacher/Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull: Max Verstappen/Dan Ticktum
Renault: Daniel Ricciardo/Jack Aitken
Haas: Romain Grosjean/Pietro Fittipaldi
McLaren: Carlos Sainz Jr/Lando Norris + Fernando Alonso/Sainz (Pirellijev testni bolid)
Racing Point: Lance Stroll/Sergio Perez
Alfa Romeo: Antonio Giovinazzi/Schumacher
Toro Rosso: Alex Albon both days + Daniil Kvyat (Pirellijev testni bolid)
Williams: Russell, Robert Kubica/Nicholas Latifi