The official pre-season test has started in the beating sun at the Bahrain International Circuit – and things have certainly heated up on the track.
With temperatures soaring in the morning session, Charles Leclerc quickly set the tone for Ferrari on the medium compound tyre. His time couldn’t be beaten despite plenty of laps scheduled as the field got to work testing numerous updates since these cars last raced in Barcelona.
But it wasn’t the timing sheets that were the talk of the town, but rather the look of the Mercedes W13, which has far replaced the on-track action. The Silver Arrows opted for a very different design for their pontoons, which raised eyebrows up and down the paddock.
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Roll over the afternoon session and red flags came out not once but twice – first for debris Lance Stroll accidentally threw from his AMR22, and later for Sergio Perez, who spun in much cooler evening conditions.
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