F1 Testing 2022: Day 1 results from Bahrain

    Formula 1 teams got stuck into testing at the Bahrain International Circuit from 10am local time until 7pm


    The first day of Formula 1’s second pre-season test came to an end in at the Bahrain International Circuit with Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri posting the best time of the day, as the Mercedes-Red Bull war of words began early.

    The Silver Arrows brought a striking new sidepod design to Bahrain, and almost immediately, Red Bull boss Christian Horner questioned the legality of the car.

    Horner told Auto Motor Und Sport: “Mercedes have gone a step too far. That does not correspond to the spirit of the regulations. For us, these wings are illegal.”

    Back on track it was Ferrari who once again impressed with their consistency as both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz completed the top three fastest laps on Thursday.

    Bahrain testing – Day 1 Results

    Pos.DriverTeamBest TimeTyreTot. Laps
    1Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:33.902C4102
    2Carlos SainzFerrari1:34.359C352
    3Charles LeclercFerrari1:34.531C364
    4Lance StrollAston Martin1:34.736C450
    5Alex AlbonWilliams1:35.070C4104
    6Lando NorrisMcLaren1:35.356C249
    7Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:35.495C366
    8Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:35.706C339
    9George RussellMercedes1:35.941C359
    10Sergio PerezRed Bull1:35.977C3137
    11Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:36.365C362
    12Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:36.745C324
    13Esteban OconAlpine1:36.768C242
    14Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:37.164C354
    15Pietro FittipaldiHaas1:37.422C247

    Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was proud of the design of the new Mercedes, though tempered expectations a little as the team now need to make the concept work on track. 

    “I think we are really proud of what we have achieved in terms of concept,” said Wolff, “but now we need to make it go fast. 

    Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

    “I think it’s a development direction that we like, and it’s about tuning the car and so we are experimenting a lot, as we’ve done during the day, and approaching it with curiosity.

    “I think there [are still] issues that are Bahrain-specific. “It’s very hot, you see a lot of cars still bouncing, some on the straights, others through the corners, so it’s a tuning question. And we haven’t really looked at performance data yet.”

    Bahrain Day 1 Testing – Total Team Laps

    TeamTotal Laps
    Red Bull137
    Alfa Romeo120
    Aston Martin89
    Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 10, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


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