F1 Preseason Test Day 1: Ricciardo fastest at lunch break for McLaren (Update)

With an afternoon sandstorm making the track slower and most drivers not going faster from the morning, Max Verstappen slapped on the C2 Pirellis and turned a 1m31.412s to go the fastest by almost 0.8s.

With Day 1 nearing completion, the order stands as follows:

1. Verstappen, Red Bull, 1m31.412s
2. Ricciardo, McLaren, 1m32.203s
3. Gasly, AlphaTauri, 1m32.231s
4. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1m32.727s
5. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, 1m32.860s
6. Sainz, Ferrari, 1m32.869s
7. Ocon, Alpine, 1m32.959s
8. Norris, McLaren, 1m33.004s
9. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1m33.242s
10. Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 1m33.320s
11. Vettel, Aston Martin, 1m33.742s
12. Nissany, Williams, 1m34.789s
13. Mazepin, Haas, 1m35.478s
14. Schumacher, Haas, 1m36.127s
15. Bottas, Mercedes, 1m36.850s
16. Stroll, Aston Martin, 1m37.983s
17. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m38.227s

Max Verstappen

March 12, 2021 

With the Mercedes car of Valtteri Bottas stuck in the garage with a broken gearbox, McLaren Mercedes driver Daniel Ricciardo has turned the fastest lap so far midway through the first day of F1 preseason testing.

Ricciardo remains the man to beat in the McLaren with a 1m32.203s and as the track temperatures rise under the desert sun we may not see any faster laps until the sun begins to set in Bahrain.

The Haas team also changed the gearbox on rookie Mick Schumacher’s car, which meant he only turned 7 laps so far.

Friday Test Times Mid-Day

1 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m32.203s 37
2 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m32.231s 55
3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m32.565s 41
4 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m33.030s 43
5 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m33.242s 47
6 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m33.320s 41
7 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m33.742s 39
8 Roy Nissany ISR Williams Racing 1m36.096s 24
9 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m37.163s 7
10 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team No time set 1