The lap times tumbled on the final day of testing, while some drivers completed nearly three full race distances. Here are the stories and statistics from the final day of pre-season testing!
The final day of track action before the 2021 F1 season saw plenty of drivers getting laps in early in the day. Over 300 laps were run in the first two hours of the morning, while 1,455 laps were completed in total on Sunday at Bahrain International Circuit – 215 more than yesterday. Kimi Raikkonen and George Russell, who each spent the entire day in their cars, completed close to three full race distances.
There were no red flags during today’s running, aside from the scheduled red flag test five minutes before the end of the morning session. After completing 56 laps in the afternoon, Sebastian Vettel spent the rest of the session in the garage. A loss of boost pressure meant that Aston Martin called an early end to their testing schedule. His was the only major lack of running on Sunday. Testing came to a close with an incident between Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkkonen, with Sainz almost driving into the side of Raikkonen.
Sergio Perez set the fastest lap in the morning, while the drivers whittled down the top time further in the afternoon session. Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Yuki Tsunoda all taking turns in first position. Verstappen ended up setting the fastest lap from the three days of testing with a 1:28.960. His lap time would have placed him fifth on the grid for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
BEST LAP TIMES
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:28.960||C4|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1:29.766||C5|
|8||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1:30.187||C4|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1:35.041||C3|
|18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1:36.100||C3|
DAY 3 LAPS COMPLETE
Find more statistics from all three days of pre-season testing here.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.