Could this be a sign of Red Bull’s superiority over Ferrari and Mercedes? The truth is that the RB18 was very strong on the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, after the team brought a series of updates to the single-seater on the track.
Sergio Perez finished the morning session with the fastest time and Max Verstappen even bettered his teammate’s record in the early afternoon laps. Charles Leclerc was still top of the timesheets for a while, but on the soft tires and towards the end of the session Verstappen prevailed in that regard, clocking a time of 1:31.720.
McLaren managed to do a lot of laps in the afternoon session, not having a very fast time, but the aim was to be able to drive a lot on the track, after the MCL36 had brake problems . That’s not to say this issue is fixed, but it was a small step forward for the Woking team.
Valtteri Bottas was again stopped on the track, as happened yesterday, forcing the only suspension of the afternoon session. From the photos, there seems to be a problem with the C42’s gearbox. As it happened very close to the end of the session, the Finn did not return to the track.
Fernando Alonso, who finished the session in third place on the timesheet, was one of the drivers with the most laps on the Sakhir track (122), beaten only by Nicholas Latifi with 124.