F1 Bahrain 2021 pre-season testing - Day 3


By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Stefan Mackley, Haydn Cobb, Tom Howard


  • Verstappen and Red Bull finish pre-season testing on top, the Dutchman setting a 1m28.960s on the final day
  • Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) takes second with Sainz (Ferrari) completing the top three
  • Perez fastest for Red Bull in the morning session with a 1m30.187s ahead of Leclerc (Ferrari) and Norris (McLaren)
  • The motorsport world mourns the loss of legendary commentator Murray Walker
  • F1 action will resume in two weeks for the Bahrain Grand Prix (28 March)

Leaderboard - Day 3

1. Verstappen, Red Bull, 1m28.960s
2. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1m29.053s
3. Sainz, Ferrari, 1m29.611s 
4. Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 1m29.766s
5. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m30.025s
6. Russell, Williams, 1m30.117s
7. Ricciardo, McLaren, 1m30.144s
8. Perez, Red Bull, 1m30.187s
9. Alonso, Alpine, 1m30.318s
10. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1m30.486s
11. Norris, McLaren, 1m30.661s
12. Gasly, AlphaTauri, 1m30.828s
13. Ocon, Alpine, 1m31.310s
14. Mazepin, Haas, 1m31.531s
15. Schumacher, Haas, 1m32.053s
16. Bottas, Mercedes, 1m32.406s
17. Vettel, Aston Martin, 1m35.041s 
18. Stroll, Aston Martin, 1m36.100s

Status: Stopped
12:12 That's it from us! Thanks for joining us over the past three days, we hope you enjoyed it! We'll see you for the Bahrain GP in two weeks' time - take it easy!
12:02 Is this an on-track dust-up? Raikkonen and Sainz came together at Turn 10 there, as Sainz was on a lap, and it seems that the Spanish driver was most displeased. His disappointment was immeasurable, and his day was ruined.
12:00 And that's it for pre-season testing! Verstappen top, Tsunoda 0.093s behind him, with Sainz third. Now...breathe.
11:55 Five minutes remain.
11:53 Hamilton has a tilt at a lap, but it's not phenomenal. But that's very Mercedes-like to keep a lid on the squid.
11:51 I think this might be it for quick runs, as everyone's coming in and out of the pits on each lap. But I'm willing to be proven wrong...
11:49 Red Bull's bringing Verstappen in to practice some pitstops, and the other teams seem to be following suit.
11:46 Verstappen's having another go, but finds the #9 Haas in his path at Turn 1 and immediately loses time.
11:42 So, we've just over quarter of an hour left. Any last flyers?
11:40 Sainz goes up to P3, with a 1m29.611s.
11:38 It's ol' Spinny Hamilton again, dabbing the accelerator just a little too roughly at the final corner and doing a 360 turn. He's back up and running, but was arguably going too slowly...
11:36 We won't see any more from Aston Martin today - Vettel's suffered a loss of turbo boost pressure. So, test over for the green team.
11:34 The big difference between Verstappen and Tsunoda is the second sector - the Red Bull driver has quarter of a second over the AlphaTauri.
11:32 Tsunoda does get closer to him, though, putting in a 1m29.053s on the C5.
11:31 It's a 1m28.960s for the Dutchman - displacing Tsunoda from the top of the timing boards. First man into the 1m28s, too - on the C4 tyres.
11:30 Verstappen might be about to end Tsunoda's reign here...
11:29 It's a 1m30.697s for Sainz, going P11.
11:28 Russell does a 1m30.399s to go P8, as Sainz also begins another go on C3 tyres.
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