McLaren Rookie Daniel Ricciardo kicked off the F1 2021 with a morning practice session in Bahrain on Saturday.
During the session, Lewis Hamilton stopped his Mercedes with a gravel spin, but it was only a small setback when the world champions finished 58 laps, 10 more than every Friday.
But they remain at the bottom of the mileage charts in the middle of F1’s short-term pre-season schedule.
During a three-day test of gear shifting and general handling problems of the car, Mercedes admitted that it had gotten off to a bad start with the new W12.
Meanwhile, after a two-season absence, Fernando Alonso made a full comeback in the F1 and quickly entered the competition, completing 60 laps in the first round of the Alpine A521.
The 39-year-old Spanish revealed on Friday that he wants to compete with two titanium jaws each season following a bicycle accident and surgery in Switzerland four weeks ago.
Sergio Perez, the fourth-fastest Mexican in the Red Bulls’ RB16B, was another player on the new team.
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is fourth and Alpha Rookie Tory Yuki Sunoda is fifth.
But the Aston Martin team had gearbox problems, and Sebastian Vettel was limited to just nine laps. With Lance Stroll expected to return to the car in the afternoon, the quadruple champion Vettel has only four hours left on the track and will open the season for his new team from March 26 to 28 to prepare for the Bahrain GP.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sains and Latifi travel through the constant winds of Zakir.
Today I enjoyed my time on the track – it looks like Mercedes is stepping out of the performance window again, the Red Bull looks great, the alpine with Alonso and a medium / slow speed curve and de angle. The entry is very consistent and remarkable. . , Refueled to look like a car pic.twitter.com/ZggVSzM5YM
– Karun Chandok 13 Mars 2021
Testing work resumes on Saturday at 12:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports F1.
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