Event: 2022 Pre-Season testing
Track: Bahrain International Circuit

It's slightly cooler today on the 6th and final day of pre-season testing, with highs in the mid-twenties but still breezy

While the official action didn't kick off until 10:00 local time, Haas were granted permission to start one hour earlier. That is to make up for the time they lost on Thursday through no fault of their own - their freight was delayed and arrived 48 hours late, leaving the engineers working flat out all night to get the car ready for just the afternoon session on Day 1.

On this final day of pre-season testing the news got out Daniel Ricciardo would not drive for McLaren after being tested positive for Covid-19. The Australian felt too unwell in the first two days to drive. Testing have been so far, quite good for Ferrari here. Carlos Sainz finished on top yesterday (in the standard running) and was second on the first day. Charles Leclerc has had the less favourable morning conditions so far, but will bein the car this afternoon.

Morning test session - final day

Report final day of 2022 Pre-season Bahrain testing

Charles Leclerc testing the McLaren MCL36 at Bahrain (day 3)

A lot of teams bolted on their latest updates today to test them out. Alpine used a new front wing. Red Bull had different shaped sidepods, while McLaren was testing different floors and had at last received the much needed new front brakes.

New F1 driver Guanyu Zhou was topping the timesheet in the first two hours of the morning with the Alfa Romeo C42. The Chinese best time was a 1:33.959 min. Which is a great sign for the rookie driver and Alfa team.

On the two hours mark Sergio Perez drove the quickest lap of the test so far of 1:33.105 min on soft tyres. Red Bull's Adrian Newey was also seen in the garage, probably to get the most out this last day.

A solid morning session that, no incident-related red flags to interrupt proceedings, and plenty of laps in the can. Gasly managed nearly a century of laps on his own, before giving way to Tsunoda for the afternoon session.

McLaren appear to in a much better place based on that session, 39 laps for Norris, just ten less than he managed across the entirety of the first day. The only team to struggle were Haas. A fuel system issue was derailing their running.

At the end of the morning session a practice start was organized in which only four cars took part. After two formation laps, one extra because the lights didn't seem to work correctly, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) did the very first standing practice of the season.

Afternoon test session - final day

Report final day of 2022 Pre-season Bahrain testing

Sergio Perez testing the Red Bull RB18 at Bahrain

The last session of pre-season testing showed the Williams team was still doing wind tunnel correlation work as they were covering their FW44 with flow-vis.

In the end Max Verstappen set the fastest lap to 1:31.720 min and his lap looked quite solid, compared to the others. The RB18 is porpoising as much any more. In that regard the other team look miles off. Especially the  Mercedes team looks to have a lot of work on their hands as Russell is even still porpoising in corners.

McLaren are also a question mark, but more due to reliability than pace. As for the rest, there will be mostly happy crews out there, with reliability decidedly impressive considering how new these cars are all-round. Alfa Romeo had a late issue today, but had managed a huge haul of laps before Bottas pulled off track.

Speaking of laps, Alonso might be nursing a sore neck after 122 laps today, and likewise Latifi might need a lie down after his 124 circuits. Alfa Romeo wound up with 150 between their drivers, so in terms of data, they have plenty.

Ferrari look to be strong, but compared to Red Bull they look to be a tiny bit slower. So it is the Red Bull to the fore as pre-season testing draws to a close. Verstappen tops the timing sheets from Leclerc, Alonso and Russell. Is that the pecking order? A week to go until we find out.

Haas was allowed to test their VF-22 two hours after the finish flag and Mick Schumacher pushed out a very good lap with the Haas on qualifying trim to be second fastest overall.

The lap record around the Bahrain International circuit is a 1:31.447 min driven in 2005. The pole record is a 1:27.264 min set by Hamilton back in 2020.

Quickest Lap Times Final Day of Testing

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
11Max VerstappenRed Bull1:31,72053C5
247Mick SchumacherHaas1:32,241+0,521s85C4
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:32,415+0,695s51C4
414Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:32,698+0,978s122C4
563George RussellMercedes1:32,759+1,039s71C5
677Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:32,985+1,265s68C3
722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:33,002+1,282s57C5
811Sergio PérezRed Bull1:33,105+1,385s43C4
94Lando NorrisMcLaren1:33,191+1,471s90C3
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:33,821+2,101s81C4
1124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:33,959+2,239s82C4
1210Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:34,865+3,145s91C4
1355Carlos SainzFerrari1:34,905+3,185s68C5
1423Alexander AlbonWilliams1:35,171+3,451s18C3
156Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:35,634+3,914s124C3
1618Lance StrollAston Martin1:36,029+4,309s53C3
1744Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:36,217+4,497s78C5
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas1:38,616+6,896s38C2

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9 F1 Fan comments on “Report final day of 2022 Pre-season Bahrain testing

  1. shroppyfly

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    And you think Putins a nutcase....

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