2022 Verstappen Red Bull Bahrain F1 Test Day 3 Photo Red Bull

Max Verstappen concluded pre-season testing in Bahrain with the fastest time for Red Bull thanks to a series of fast laps in the last hour as the Dutchman finished seven tenths ahead of Charles Leclerc in Ferrari.

Verstappen took over Red Bull RB18 from Perez in the afternoon, who was the fastest in the morning, and after the first half hour on harder tyre compounds, the Dutchman improved Perez’s time and set 1:32.6 lap on C3 tyres.

Leclerc drove the best second sector on C5 tyres, which like C4 tyres will not be used in the first race of the season on this track, but failed to improve his time before Ferrari focused on longer runs on harder compounds.

Bottas caused the short red flag period after stopping in the Turn 8 due to gearbox problems and after a 15-minute break Verstappen embarked on several attacks at the fastest time.

Verstappen spun on C5 tyres in the last corner in his outlap on cold tyres, but decided to continue and set a lap 1:31.973 in the next lap after which he returned to the garage and prepared for another attack.

Red Bull sent Verstappen to the track ten minutes before the end of the test, again on C5 tyres, and the Dutchman drove a new best time of 1:31.72o with the best times in the first and third sectors, which is the best lap in this year’s tests in Sakhir.

Leclerc finished second fastest for Ferrari with seven tenths of a second behind on C4 tyres while Alpine sent Alonso to the track five minutes before the end, which the Spaniard took advantage of and set his best time on C4 tyres, 0.978 seconds behind Verstappen with 122 laps.

Russell was fourth for Mercedes, setting his best time on C5 tyres, and Mercedes had a good day in terms of laps as Russell and Hamilton drove as many as 149 laps together.

Alfa Romeo drove as many as 150 laps on the last day and Bottas set the fifth fastest time before a gearbox problem while Tsunoda finished sixth for AlphaTauri who can also be happy with a total of 148 laps.

Perez’s best time in the morning was enough for seventh place at the end of the day with a total of 96 laps for RB18 and Schumacher finished eighth fastest for Haas after spinning on the way out of the last corner.

Norris again drove all day for McLaren, who finished ninth with 90 laps, as Ricciardo was COVID-19 positive while Vettel finished tenth for Aston Martin, who completed a total of 134 laps in the new AMR22.

Williams drivers Albon and Latifi finished 14th and 15th with a total of 142 laps, but most of the time Latifi was behind the wheel of FW44 as he missed most of yesterday running due to burning rear brakes.

Stroll was 16th fastest for Aston Martin ahead of Hamilton in Mercedes and Magnussen in Haas who was last.

Haas still has the right to drive to make up for four lost hours from the first day due to equipment delays.


1 Verstappen Red Bull C5 53 1:31.720
2 Leclerc Ferrari C4 51 1:32.415 0.695
3 Alonso Alpine C4 122 1:32.698 0.978
4 Russell Mercedes C5 71 1:32.759 1.039
5 Bottas Alfa Romeo C3 68 1:32.985 1.265
6 Tsunoda AlphaTauri C5 57 1:33.002 1.282
7 Perez Red Bull C4 43 1:33.105 1.385
8 Schumacher Haas C3 57 1:33.151 1.431
9 Norris McLaren C3 90 1:33.191 1.471
10 Vettel Aston Martin C4 81 1:33.821 2.101
11 Zhou Alfa Romeo C4 82 1:33.959 2.239
12 Gasly AlphaTauri C4 91 1:34.865 3.145
13 Sainz Ferrari C5 68 1:34.905 3.185
14 Albon Williams C3 18 1:35.171 3.451
15 Latifi Williams C3 124 1:35.634 3.914
16 Stroll Aston Martin C3 53 1:36.029 4.309
17 Hamilton Mercedes C5 78 1:36.217 4.497
18 Magnussen Haas C2 38 1:38.616 6.896
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