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.
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|