F1 2021 Pre-Season Testing: Day 3 Statistics

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

PosDriverTeamTimeTyre
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:28.960C4
2Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:29.053C5
3Carlos SainzFerrari1:29.611C4
4Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1:29.766C5
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.025C5
6George RussellWilliams1:30.117C5
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:30.144C4
8Sergio PerezRed Bull1:30.187C4
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:30.318C4
10Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.486C3
11Lando NorrisMcLaren1:30.661C3
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:30.828C4
13Esteban OconAlpine1:31.310C3
14Nikita MazepinHaas1:31.531C4
15Mick SchumacherHaas1:32.053C3
16Valtteri BottasMercedes1:32.406C2
17Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:35.041C3
18Lance StrollAston Martin1:36.100C3

DAY 3 LAPS COMPLETE

LapsDriver
166Kimi Raikkonen
158George Russell
91Yuki Tsunoda
86Valtteri Bottas
80Lance Stroll
80Charles Leclerc
79Carlos Sainz
78Fernando Alonso
78Mick Schumacher
76Daniel Ricciardo
76Pierre Gasly
67Nikita Mazepin
64Max Verstappen
61Esteban Ocon
56Lando Norris
56Sebastian Vettel
54Lewis Hamilton
49Sergio Perez
LapsTeam
167AlphaTauri
166Alfa Romeo
159Ferrari
158Williams
145Haas
140Mercedes
139Alpine
136Aston Martin
132McLaren
113Red Bull

Find more statistics from all three days of pre-season testing here.

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