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2021 Pre-Season Testing
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Test Information
Date 1214 March 2021
Location Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit
Lap length 5.412 km (3.364 mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Netherlands Max Verstappen
Team Austria Red Bull-Honda
Time Day Laps
1:28.960 3 64
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The 2021 Pre-Season test (officially the Formula 1 Aramco Pre-Season Testing 2021) was the pre-season test ahead of the 2021 Formula One Season, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit between 12 to 14 March 2021. All ten entrants to the 2021 season took part.

Background[]

Pre-season testing for 2021 had originally been scheduled to take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from March 2 to March 4. Following an updated season calendar released on January 12, which saw the Australian Grand Prix, originally scheduled to be on March 21 postponed to November 21 due to strict COVID-19 quarantine measures in Australia, all teams agreed to host pre-season testing at Bahrain from March 12 to 14[1], two weeks before the season-opener at the same place.

Teams and Drivers[]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Pre-Season Testing is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes P
45 Israel Roy Nissany United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari P
Source:[2]

Driver Schedules[]

Constructor Day 1
AM
Day 1
PM
Day 2
AM
Day 2
PM
Day 3
AM
Day 3
PM
Alfa Romeo Räikkönen Giovinazzi Giovinazzi Räikkönen
AlphaTauri Gasly Tsunoda Tsunoda Gasly Gasly Tsunoda
Alpine Ocon Alonso Ocon Alonso
Aston Martin Vettel Stroll Vettel Stroll Stroll Vettel
Ferrari Leclerc Sainz Sainz Leclerc Leclerc Sainz
Haas Schumacher Mazepin Mazepin Schumacher Schumacher Mazepin
McLaren Ricciardo Norris Ricciardo Norris Norris Ricciardo
Mercedes Bottas Hamilton Hamilton Bottas Bottas Hamilton
Red Bull Verstappen Pérez Pérez Verstappen
Williams Nissany Latifi Russell

Day-by-Day[]

Day One[]

Report[]

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest on the morning session for the returning McLaren-Mercedes partnership, with Honda-powered cars, Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri and Max Verstappen from Red Bull second and third respectively. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Haas debutant Mick Schumacher did not run for most of the part due to transmission issues and had to be replaced. The session was red-flagged and ended with ten minutes remaining after Charles Leclerc developed an issue in his Ferrari.

The afternoon session began with a sandstorm, but Verstappen topped the overall timing sheets with a 1:30.674, with Ricciardo's team-mate Lando Norris second, and Alpine's Esteban Ocon in third, while defending champion Lewis Hamilton was 10th fastest.

Results[]

The full results from the first day of the 2021 Pre-Season Testing are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time Gap
S1 S2
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 138 1:32.245 1:30.674
2 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45 1:30.889 +0.215s
3 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 128 1:32.959 1:31.146 +0.472s
4 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 46 1:31.782 +1.108s
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 56 1:31.919 +1.245s
6 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 68 1:31.945 +1.271s
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45 1:32.203 +1.529s
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 74 1:32.231 +1.557s
9 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 37 1:32.727 +2.053s
10 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 42 1:32.912 +2.238s
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 59 1:33.242 +2.568s
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 63 1:33.320 +2.646s
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 51 1:33.742 +3.068s
14 45 Israel Roy Nissany United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 83 1:34.789 +4.115s
15 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 69 1:34.798 +4.124s
16 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 15 1:36.127 +5.453s
17 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 6 1:36.850 +6.176s
Source:
  • Bold indicates a driver's best time from the session.
  • C3 Indicates what tyre compound a driver set their fastest time on.

Day Two[]

Report[]

Ricciardo continued McLaren-Mercedes' strong form by once again setting the fastest time of the morning session, with the returning double champion Fernando Alonso a close second fastest for Alpine, and Sergio Perez third fastest on his debut in Red Bull. Hamilton managed eighth fastest, as a rare error from him sent him spinning and beaching his car in the gravel trap at Turn 13. Vettel was unable to run for the entire morning as his Aston Martin developed a transmission issue.

Bottas managed to turn Mercedes' fortunes around from the previous day for the afternoon session, setting the fastest time from everyone else on the C5 compound tire, ahead of Gasly, Lance Stroll, Norris and Antonio Giovinazzi, all of whom momentarily set fastest times on softer compound tires. There was a minor on-track incident that brought out the red flag, as Perez' engine cover was blown off while pulling out of the slipstream of the Williams of Nicholas Latifi.

Results[]

The full results from the second day of the 2021 Pre-Season Testing are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time* Gap
S1 S2
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 58 1:30.289 C5
2 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 87 1:30.413 +0.124s
3 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 1:30.460 +0.171s
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 1:30.586 +0.297s
5 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 124 1:36.018 1:30.760 +0.471s
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 73 1:30.886 +0.597s
7 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 132 1:32.541 1:31.672 +1.383s
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 117 1:32.478 1:31.682 +1.393s
9 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 1:32.315 +1.926s
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 127 1:32.339 +2.050s
11 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 57 1:32.684 +2.395s
12 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 88 1:32.883 +2.594s
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 56 1:33.072 +2.783s
14 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 76 1:33.101 +2.812s
15 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 58 1:33.399 +3.110s
16 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 10 1:38.849 +8.560s
Source:

Day Three[]

Report[]

Red Bull showed a strong form for the final day of testing, with Perez setting the fastest time for the morning session, while Verstappen set the fastest overall test time for the afternoon session, with Japanese AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda a close second and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr third fastest. Hamilton ended fifth fastest after gradually improving his runs, despite a spin at the last turn of the track in the session's final moments. Both Aston Martins finished at the bottom of the timing sheets, with Vettel sitting out from the remaining moments of the session due to a turbo issue.

The session was overshadowed by the death of former commentator Murray Walker on the evening after the second day of testing.

Results[]

The full results from the third day of the 2021 Pre-Season Testing are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time* Gap
S1 S2
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 64 1:28.960 C4
2 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 91 1:29.053 +0.093s
3 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 79 1:29.611 +0.651s
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 165 1:35.274 1:29.766 +0.806s
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 54 1:30.025 +1.065s
6 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 157 1:32.731 1:30.117 +1.157s
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 75 1:30.144 +1.184s
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 49 1:30.187 +1.227s
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 77 1:30.318 +1.358s
10 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 80 1:30.486 +1.526s
11 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:30.661 +1.701s
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 76 1:30.828 +1.868s
13 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 61 1:31.310 +2.350s
14 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 67 1:31.531 +2.571s
15 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 78 1:32.053 +3.093s
16 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 86 1:32.406 +3.446s
17 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 56 1:35.041 +6.081s
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 80 1:36.100 +7.140s
Source:

Overall times[]

References[]

  1. Motorsport.com: F1 teams agree Bahrain March test dates
  2. 2021 F1 Pre-Season Testing - Bahrain (formula1.com)

External links[]

V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
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Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
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