Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB20

F1 News: Verstappen buries competitors on Day 1 in Bahrain

With 30 minutes to go in Day 1 F1 preseason testing, Max Verstappen bettered his fast time with a lap of 1m31.344s to top everyone by over 1-second in Bahrain.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

After leading the morning session in the heat of the day, Verstappen went to work in the #1 Red Bull RB20. His fast time was 1.5 seconds faster than what he turned to lead Day 1 last year, such is the development progress Red Bull has made.

Of course, not everyone is showing their hand on Day 1, but Verstappen did not look like he was trying hard at all, turning 142 incident free laps.

Lando Norris turned the 2nd best lap in his McLaren, 1.140s behind.

All the fast times were set on the medium C3 Pirelli tires.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was 3rd quick for Ferrari, 1.240 behind the Dutchman.

Daniel Riccardo was 4th in the #3 Visa Cash App RB, 1.255s behind Verstappen.

Pierre Gasly rounded out the top-5 for Alpine, 1.461s behind.

The evening session ran without any major issue except for a big spin by American Logan Sargeant in his Williams. He was lucky not to hit anything. Sargeant finished in 11th, 2.5 seconds behind.

Bahrain Preseason Day 1 Test Times

Pos Driver Nat. Team Time Behind Laps
1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m31.344s 0.000s 143
2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m32.484s 1.140s 72
3 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m32.584s 1.240s 69
4 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m32.599s 1.255s 52
5 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m32.805s 1.461s 61
6 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m33.074s 1.663s 54
7 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m33.247s 1.903s 64
8 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m33.385s 2.041s 77
9 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m33.658s 2.314s 57
10 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m33.871s 2.527s 63
11 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m33.882s 2.538s 21
12 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m34.109s 2.765s 122
13 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m34.136s 2.792s 64
14 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m34.431s 3.087s 68
15 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m34.587s 3.243s 40
16 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m34.677s 3.333s 60
17 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m35.692s 4.348s 66
18 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m35.906s 4.562s 82
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