2021 F1 pre-season testing highlights | Paddock Journal


After a comparatively brief winter break, the drivers and groups are again to it, as they concluded the 2021 Aramco pre-season testing on March 12-14 – forward of what’s set to be the longest season in Formulation 1’s historical past.

Pre-season testing was influenced by native circumstances. The primary day was persistently windy with gusts that reached 47kph (25 knots), affecting the aerodynamics of the vehicles. On account of the wind, there was loads of sand on the monitor that compromised grip. Temperatures have been additionally significantly excessive, so the mix of those elements led to some floor overheating and elevated tyre degradation.

All through all three days, all of the compounds carried out nicely and no issues equivalent to graining emerged: solely mild abrasion on the softest compounds. In addition to the climate circumstances, lap instances have been naturally influenced by the completely different gasoline masses run by every workforce, making efficiency comparisons with final 12 months’s race and free apply at Bahrain very troublesome.

Mario Isola

Head of Formulation 1 and Automobile Racing, Pirelli

On the second day, the wind nonetheless remained however temperatures have been decrease, which decreased the overheating. Because of this, the groups had a greater stability with their vehicles, with loads of arrange work carried out over typically brief runs, as was the case on a gap day.

The third and ultimate day was run in higher monitor circumstances with average winds and a cool breeze however monitor temperatures much like the primary day. Many groups carried out lengthy runs utilizing the C2, C3 and C4 compound tyres nominated for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Finest instances and compounds general March 12-14

Driver Staff Time  Compound
Max Verstappen Purple Bull Racing 1m28.960s (Day 3) C4
Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m29.053s (Day 3) C5
Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari 1m29.611s (Day 3) C4
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Orlen 1m29.766s (Day 3) C5
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1m30.025s (Day 3) C5
George Russel Williams Racing 1m30.117s (Day 3) C5
Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Racing 1m30.144s (Day 3) C4
Sergio Perez Purple Bull Racing 1m30.187s (Day 3) C4
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1m30.289s (Day 2) C5
Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Staff 1m30.318s (Day 3) C4
Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m30.413s (Day 2) C5
Lance Stroll Aston Martin F1 Staff 1m30.460s (Day 2)  C5
Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 1m30.486s (Day 3) C3
Lando Norris McLaren Racing 1m30.586s (Day 2) C4
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Orlen 1m30.760s (Day 2) C5
Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Staff 1m31.146s (Day 1) C4
Nikita Mazepin Uralkali Haas F1 Staff 1m31.531s (Day 3) C4
Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 1m31.672s (Day 2) C4
Mick Schumacher Uralkali Haas F1 Staff 1m32.053s (Day 3) C3
Sebastain Vettel Aston Martin F1 Staff 1m33.742s (Day 1) PROTO
Roy Nissany Williams Racing 1m34.789s (Day 1) C3

Listed here are the team-by-team highlights:

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