Perez and Red Bull lead F1 preseason testing midway thru final day

Completing only 49 laps, Red Bull’s new driver, Sergio Perez of Mexico, turned the fastest lap at 1m30.187s to lead the morning session on the final day of F1 preseason testing in Bahrain.

Charles Leclerc was 2nd quick, 0.299s behind Perez in the #16 Ferrari,  logging 80 laps.

Lando Norris was 3rd – 0.474s behind Perez in his #4 McLaren.

Charles Leclerc 2nd quick. credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Pierre Gasly was fourth for AlphaTauri with a 1m30.828s on soft Pirellis, followed by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Haas rookie Mick Schumacher.

Valtteri Bottas continued to not look quite at home in the Mercedes W12, understeering off track twice at Turn 13 throughout the morning, before eventually ending up seventh – but at least with a healthy 86 laps under his belt.

Russell ended his first session in the 2021 Williams in eighth, followed by Alfa Romeo veteran Kimi Raikkonen and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll – both on hard tires they focussed on race setups on hard tires.

Day 3 Times at Lunch Break

1 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m30.309s +0.000s 49
2 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m30.486s +0.299s 80
3 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m30.661s +0.474s 56
4 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m30.828s +0.641s 76
5 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m31.310s +1.123s 61
6 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m32.053s +1.866s 78
7 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m32.406s +2.219s 86
8 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m32.731s +2.544s 77
9 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m35.274s +4.965s 91
9 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m36.100s +5.087s 80