Perez tops morning session on Day 3

By Balazs Szabo on

Pink Bull’s new recruit Sergio Perez ended up quickest within the morning session of Day 3, adopted by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Following the dfficult, gusty situations on the primary two days, groups and drivers have been introduced by a lot nicer climate situation on the third and closing day of the only three-day pre-season testing.

After making his debut for Pink Bull Racing yesterday, the Milton Keynes-based outfit’s new Mexican recruit Sergio Perez delivered a stellar efficiency along with his new automobile, the RB16B. The 31-year-old put in a few nice laps on Pirelli’s C2 Arduous compound earlier than concentrating on the the softer rubber.

The Guadalajara-born driver posted the quickest lap of the pre-season testing with a time of 1m30.187 and racked up a complete of 49 laps within the morning. The automobile confirmed a fantastic stability as soon as once more, suggesting that the RB16B is likely one of the finest 2021 vehicles in the intervening time.

Ferrari’s day has been promising to date immediately with Charlerc Leclerc racking up a complete of 80 laps. The Monegasque accomplished two qualifying simulation runs firstly, utilizing Pirelli’s C3 Medium compound. Curiously, his finest time of 1m30.486 was quicker than those he posted yesterday ont he softer C4 and C5 compounds.

The 2-time race winner then accomplished a full race simulation, choosing a two-stop technique by utilizing the C3 compound throughout his preliminary stint and the C2 rubber in the course of the followng two stints.

Mercedes endured a really productive day with Valtteri Bottas with the Finn racking up 86 laps throughout his final outing earlier than the season will get underway in two weeks’ time at the exact same venue. Nevertheless, the nine-time grand prix winner suffered from extreme stability points along with his W12 being dogged by heavy understeering on each the C2 and the C3 compound.

Being the one driver with out a single lap accomplished in the course of the pre-season testing, George Russell lastly additionally obtained behind the wheel of his new 2021 F1 automobile, the FW43B. The King’s Lynn-born driver notched up a complete of 77 laps, posting his finest time with a 1m32.731.

The session ended prematurely with the FIA deploying pink flag just some minutes left on the clock. The governing physique has up to date its software program in the course of the winter interval and needed to conduct system checks forward of the 2021 F1 season.

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