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    F1 2021 - G.P. Nº 1 - BAHREIN

    FORMULA 1 TEMPORADA 2021 – GP Nº 1
    GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX




    Bahrain International Circuit .
    Sakhir .


    Bahrain International Circuit
    Gate 255
    Gulf of Bahrain Avenue
    Umm Jidar 1062
    Kingdom of Bahrain





    HORARIOS:
    Viernes 26 de Marzo :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 1 :Horario Local : 14:30 a 15:30 - España : 12:30 a 13:30 - GMT : 11:30 a 12:30
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 2 : Horario Local : 18:00 a 19:00 - España : 16:00 a 17:00 - GMT : 15:00 a 16:00


    Sábado 27 de Marzo :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 3 : Horario Local : 15:00 a 16:00 - España : 13:00 a 14:00 - GMT : 12:00 a 13:00
    • Clasificatorias de Parrilla de Salida : Horario Local :118:00 a 19:00 - España : 16:00 a 17:00 - GMT : 15:00 a 16:00


    ATENCIÓN : En la madrugada del domingo 28 de Marzo, se adelanta una hora en la CEE para adecuarse al horario de verano, a las 02:00AM pasarán a ser las 03:00AM.

    Domingo 28 de Marzo :
    • CARRERA: Horario Local: 18:00 - España: 17:00 - GMT: 15:00


















    DATOS DE PISTA:
    • Fecha de creación: 2004
    • Primer Gran Premio de F1: 04/04/2004
    • Grandes Premios organizados: 16
    • Capacidad de espectadores: 50000
    • Longitud: 5.412 metros.
    • Número de Vueltas: 57.
    • Longitud total de carrera: 308,238 Km.
    • Compensación línea de salida: 246m.
    • Carga aerodinámica: Media-Alta.
    • Dureza / Desgaste de frenos: Alto.
    • Agarre del asfalto: Bajo.
    • Tipo de neumático: Duro.
    • Desgaste de neumáticos: Medio.


    • Longitud de rodadura: 5.336 m.
    • Curvas Oficiales: 15.
    • Curvas oficiales a derecha: 9.
    • Curvas oficiales a izquierda: 6.
    • Curvas reales: 14.
    • Curvas reales a derecha: 8.
    • Curvas reales a izquierda: 6.
    • Distancia hasta la primera frenada: 390 m.


    • Tiempo con el acelerador pisado: 83,3%
    • Tiempo con el acelerador a fondo: 57,2 %.
    • Velocidad máxima: 333,1 km/h.
    • Tiempo con el freno pisado: 16,6 %.
    • Tiempo con el freno a fondo: 3,8%.
    • Velocidad mínima: 65,4 km/h.


    • Consumo por vuelta: 1,76 kg.
    • Consumo por vuelta: 2,39 l.
    • Demora por cada 10Kg: 0,30 s.
    • Demora por vuelta de combustible: 0,05 s.
    • Tiempo de Pit Lane: 18,60 s.
    • Tiempo de vuelta de referencia: 1:30,840


    • Tipos de Neumáticos suministrados por Pirelli:

    Neumáticos seleccionados para cada piloto:


    La frenada más dura de Bahrein:



    • Ventana Pit Stop a 1 parada : Vueltas 27 a 33
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 2 paradas : Vueltas 12 a 15 y 33 a 37
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 3 paradas : Vueltas 6 a 12 , 20 a 27 y 37 a 45

    • Piloto con más Poles:3 S.Vettel ; L.Hamilton
    • Escudería con más Poles: 7 Mercedes
    • Piloto con más victorias: 4 S.Vettel ; L.Hamilton
    • Escudería con más Victorias: 6 Ferrari

    • Mejor vuelta: P. de la Rosa - 1:31,447 (2005, McLaren)
    • Mejor Pole:L. Hamilton - 1:27,264 (2020, Mercedes)
    • Pole 2020: L. Hamilton - 1:27,264 (Mercedes)
    • Vuelta Rápida 2020: M. Verstappen - 1:32,014 (Red Bull)
    • Podium 2020: 1º L. Hamilton ; 2º M. Verstappen ; 3º A. Albon





    Alguersuari comenta el circuito de Shakir, Bahrein:


    Highlights clasificatorias Bahrein 2020:


    On board de la Pole de L. Hamilton del pasado año 2020:


    Resumen FOM 2020, Bahrein Highlights:


    Mejores Onboards Bahrein 2020:


    La Fórmula Uno llegaba en el 2004 por primera vez a Oriente Medio con motivo de la organización del GP de Bahrein.

    Está situado en el sur del país, en Sakhir, a 30 minutos del aeropuerto, y a unos 30 Km.de la capital del país, Manamá. Con unas instalaciones expléndidas y completas, pero en medio del desierto, lo que lo convierte al igual que Malasia, en un suplicio para los pilotos y para las mecánicas, ya que aquí, ambos necesitan refrigeración en altas dosis.

    Técnicamente el circuito es interesante, pues combina adecuadamente dos largas rectas con curvas delicadas, forzando a un difícil equilibrio entre potencia y agarre, por lo que la carga aerodinámica es media. Los frenos aquí se ponen siempre al límite por el calor y la arena en la pista, sobretodo fuera de la trazada, que convierte el asfalto en una lija con poco agarre, nada bueno para las ruedas.




    . PALMARÉS
    2020: L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2019: L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2018: S. Vettel (Ferrari)
    2017: S. Vettel (Ferrari)
    2016: N. Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2015: L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2014: L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2013: S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2012: S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2010: F. Alonso (Ferrari)
    2009: J. Button (Brawn)
    2008: F. Massa (Ferrari)
    2007: F. Massa (Ferrari)
    2006: F. Alonso (Renault)
    2005: F. Alonso (Renault)
    2004: M. Schumacher (Ferrari)



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    Bahrain GP: Preview - Haas

    UralkalHaas F1 Team is poised to kick-start its 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship campaign with the Bahrain Grand Prix set to open the new season.

    Last season was a challenging campaign for Uralkali Haas F1 Team and Formula 1 alike, with the world having to adapt to new rules and protocols. While the 2021 season will commence with restrictions still in place the light at the end of the tunnel is getting both closer and brighter.

    The opening round marks the start of a new chapter for Uralkali Haa F1 Team with rookie drivers Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher poised to participate in their maiden grand prix.

    Schumacher, supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy, joins Uralkali Haas F1 Team as the reigning FIA Formula 2 champion. He will be the third member of his family to grace the Formula 1 grid, with father Michael winning 91 races and seven world titles, and uncle Ralf victorious on six occasions. Schumacher began his assimilation with Uralkali Haas F1 Team in December 2020, partaking in FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, before running in the young driver test.

    Mazepin first drove a Formula 1 car aged 17, debuting at Silverstone in 2016 with Force India, and has since tested machinery with reigning World Champions Mercedes. Now with Uralkali Haas F1 Team Mazepin will make his championship bow off the back of a runner-up position in the GP3 Series and multiple wins in Formula 2, classifying fifth in the overall standings.

    Pre-season testing afforded Mazepin and Schumacher the opportunity to gather valuable experience with the VF-21. Despite the abbreviated program, with testing lasting just three days, Uralkali Haas F1 Team completed 394 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit - equating to 2132.328 kilometers (1325.022 miles) - split between Mazepin (213 laps) and Schumacher (181 laps).

    The Bahrain International Circuit will act as Formula 1's curtain-raiser for the third time in history, having held the honor in 2006 and 2010, and marks a return to familiar terrain for Uralkali Haas F1 Team, with the venue hosting two championship events last fall. Uralkali Haas F1 Team has scored 24 points at the Sakhir-based track in its history, taking a strong fifth place on two occasions, 2016 and 2018. Schumacher made his Formula 1 test debut in Bahrain in 2019, with Scuderia Ferrari, and sealed the Formula 2 championship at the venue in 2020. Mazepin also has experience of the circuit, mounting the Formula 2 podium last November, having debuted at the circuit in 2019.

    A lot of focus has been placed on 2022 and therefore Uralkali Haas F1 Team has modest expectations for 2021. How important is it to keep everyone motivated throughout a long campaign knowing it is going to be a challenging year?

    Guenther Steiner: "I think we've got a few things to keep us motivated through the year. We've got two young drivers that we need to develop, and we will develop over the year. That will come with some excitement, I'm sure of that. Then the light at the end of the tunnel is 2022 where we will be back at our full strength because we regrouped last year and we made a step back to make two forward. For sure, some things will be challenging - also personally to keep on pushing, but I think we can do this. In the end, it's all in nine months, but it's 23 races. We are prepared for it and we'll get it done."

    It's no secret that Ferrari targeted straight-line speed gains this year. How encouraging was the performance of the upgraded PU during testing?

    GS: "For us it's very difficult to have a back-to-back with the power unit from last year. But I fully trust Ferrari in what they are saying to us as well as what they're doing. We can see on their car that it's better. For us, our testing was mainly focused on getting the two rookies as many laps as possible. We couldn't really do back-to-back as Mick, for example, was only in last year's car for one full day after Abu Dhabi, and Nikita only drove a Haas F1 car for the first time on our shakedown in Bahrain this year. I fully trust in Ferrari and I'm sure that the power unit is more powerful."

    F1 2020 had a heavily revised calendar but this year the schedule features 23 events and a return to a more normal schedule. How much are you looking forward to getting back to regular venues?

    GS: "To be honest, I didn't like last year's calendar, at least I didn't like the reason why it came to be due to the pandemic. There was a little bit of excitement though visiting new places or going to places we hadn't been in a long time. Now it appears to be more of a normal year, not completely though. Imola as the second race for example, normally that wouldn't be there, but it came back last year. It's good but hopefully the pandemic settles down or goes away completely soon and we go back to things being very normal. Normality, at the moment, is not being normal."

    If you were to fast-forward to December's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix what would you regard as a successful season for Uralkali Haas F1 Team?

    GS: "I would hope that our two drivers have learned as much as possible and maybe even more than that in order to get ready for next year. If we can get a point or two at some stage - that would be a fantastic result. But we are realistic, and points will be hard to come by. As long as we learn, we improve, and can get back to where we were in the past - I'm happy. It's going to be a hard climb this season, but we will get something good out of it, we always do."

    Describe your experience of working with the team now you've had the off-season to prepare and the pre-season test under your belt. What has surprised you the most on the team-side moving up into Formula 1?

    Nikita Mazepin: "It's been a great pleasure to be part of the team, especially in these difficult times when Covid restrictions don't allow you to be present with them face-to-face all the time. We started the year working together using virtual platforms and then obviously I was able to get to England and meet everyone. I was extremely surprised at how high the motivation is in the team despite knowing that we're going into a very difficult year. Everyone's putting in the most effort they can."

    Has it sunk in yet that after all the preparation, the training, and pre-season testing - this is finally it, with Sunday heralding your first Grand Prix start?

    NM: "It hasn't sunk in yet. Obviously, I'm aware it's just literally a few days away now until the lights go out and the first race is underway. It's pretty surreal because the waiting time has been very long. Hopefully everything will go smoothly, and I believe that I'm ready, so I've got nothing to be hesitant about."

    How does it feel to know you'll be on the same grid as the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel? Do you view your first start in Formula 1 as both an accomplishment, in joining those illustrious names on the grid, but also just the beginning in terms of making your own mark in the sport?

    NM: "To be with these big names in Formula 1, to be sharing the same starting grid, is very humbling and very surreal. I've watched these guys race on TV and I've looked up to their achievements since I was very young. I'm a big fan of the sport itself, every Sunday I used to sit down in front of the TV and watch it. To be together with them is humbling, and hopefully racing with the best I can also learn as much as possible."

    Looking beyond Bahrain, and knowing the intensity of the planned 2021 Formula 1 23-race schedule - which events are you most looking forward to?

    NM: "I'm aware that the intensity is very high, it's the busiest schedule that there's ever been planned in Formula 1. I'm aware it's going to be very difficult to keep the focus and keep in good shape throughout the whole year. But at this exact time, I'm so hungry for racing, and to just get started - nothing else is in my head apart from those positive thoughts."

    Describe your experience of working with the team now you've had the off-season to prepare and the pre-season test under your belt. What has surprised you the most on the team-side moving up into Formula 1?

    Mick Schumacher: "My experience with the team has been good. Obviously, we've had the FP1 session and the full weekend together before the test, the rookie day, in Abu Dhabi last season, which was really good. Now having had the first pre-season test with me being an official driver in the team, it's been very nice - I feel super comfortable with the team. We're working hard and I really feel everyone's super motivated. That's also then really motivating for me. I'm happy the season's getting underway now and we really start the work."

    Has it sunk in yet that after all the preparation, the training, and pre-season testing - this is finally it, with Sunday heralding your first Grand Prix start?

    MS: "Yes, it has sunk in. Obviously, I'm super excited about the first race in Bahrain. Thinking about it, it's thirty years since my dad started his first race, and now I'm starting mine. The fact that I'm in Formula 1 and away to be racing - it feels so amazing. I'm so happy that I'm finally there, finally able to race with everybody, and to show my potential working with a great team. I will learn and improve as a driver and as a human."

    How does it feel to know you'll be on the same grid as the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel? Do you view your first start in Formula 1 as both an accomplishment, in joining those illustrious names on the grid, but also just the beginning in terms of making your own mark in the sport?

    MS: "Yes, definitely. I have a lot of respect for all of them both as drivers and as people. It's going to be nice starting on the same grid as them and being amongst the top 20 drivers in the world. I'm really happy about that. I'm just really happy that things are getting underway now and I'm close to starting my first season in Formula 1."

    Looking beyond Bahrain, and knowing the intensity of the planned 2021 Formula 1 23-race schedule - which events are you most looking forward to?

    MS: "I'm definitely looking forward to Spa (Belgium). I think it's one of the most iconic tracks to race at. Suzuka (Japan) as well, it's a track I haven't raced at yet. I've driven a lot of laps on it in a simulator so it's definitely one of the tracks I'm most looking forward to on this calendar that I haven't raced at. Obviously, there are many race tracks that I love, such as Monza (Italy) too. I'm happy to get to all of those tracks in a Formula 1 car and feel the speed in the car. I'm happy, proud and really looking forward to it."

    [/URL]Bahrain GP: Preview - Red Bull

    "This is what I've been dreaming of," admits Sergio Perez, as he and Red Bull teammate, Max Verstappen look ahead to Bahrain.

    How well do you understand the RB16B after pre-season testing?

    Max Verstappen: I didn't mind having only 1.5 days in the car and for me the important thing was the mileage and seeing that the set-up changes we made over the test were working. You can't talk about proper limitations yet as we have only driven in hot conditions and every track needs different things, but I have a good feel for the car. From my side the car was stable enough to feel comfortable, there are always things to do better but we are always making improvements and that is what the engineers will do.

    After a solid test, what can you say about your hopes for the season?

    MV: For sure the test was a positive start for us and you can always be happy when you get that number of laps in and get a good understanding of the car but it doesn't say anything about pure performance. I know people are excited and think we are just saying this, but Mercedes are still the favourites - how can they not be when they have won seven world championships in a row. I'm sure Mercedes also want people to think we are the favourites and put the pressure on us but we are just focussed on ourselves. You can be sure that everyone in this Team and at Honda is pushing to beat them and anyone else who may be quick this year. I see every season as a new opportunity to beat them, but we would be stupid to expect that fight to be easy and look at testing and think we are ahead. I personally can't wait until we are all pushing in Q3, that is when you will see everyone at full power with low fuel and that is the time to see who developed performance wise and then in the race we will see who can keep that performance over a race distance. Let's hope we can be good at both!

    Do you have any final words before we head to Bahrain for the first race of the season?

    MV: Now I have to deliver and the Team have to deliver so we can try and mount a title fight. We all know our roles and it's good to see Honda and ExxonMobil have been pushing hard over the winter to make sure we have the best possible package in the RB16B for the season. I like the Bahrain track and it will be exciting to see our performance. It's time to see who has got what.

    Now the sand has settled after pre-season testing, how do you look back on the three days in Bahrain?

    Sergio Perez: It was really positive. There was a very limited amount of testing, especially considering the amount of things we have to run through and check, but I think we prepared well as a Team and I look forward to my first race with Red Bull! It's going to be a process for the first couple of races, just to learn as much as possible and to get up to speed quickly, so we can be in a good position for the season.

    What did we learn about ourselves and our competitors?

    SP: Overall it's early days, you know, so we will see. I think the more you try to figure out what other people are doing the more lost you can get, so there isn't a lot of point in reading into anything. We just have to wait until qualifying and see where everyone is at.

    Being at a new team, how different is the feeling heading into the first round of the season? Are you nervous, excited, both?

    SP: This is what I've been dreaming of. I can't wait. I'm really, really excited to see some fans at the track, to finally get to race, I'm looking so much forward to it. I'm going to approach things very relaxed and just deliver to my maximum and we'll see where we end up.

    Bahrain GP: Preview - AlphaTauri

    AlphaTauri drivers, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda look ahead to this weekend's season opener in Bahrain.

    Pierre Gasly: "I can't wait to go racing! It's the first time we start the season at the same track where we had three days of testing just a short time ago, which is like having extra free practice sessions. It means we have a good idea of what we need for this Sakhir track."

    "The aim of the test was to understand our new car, particularly the new aero package in order to get the most out of it during the season. I'd say we had the best ever pre-season test since I joined this team: we did more laps than any other team and it was really productive. Actually, looking at all the teams, the level of performance and reliability achieved in Formula 1 is really impressive, if you compare it to winter testing from just a few years ago, when it was normal for everyone to have quite a few problems. There has been a lot of technological progress.
    "We had no technical or mechanical worries, which is very encouraging. Those first laps gave me a good feeling with the car and there are a lot of positives to take away from the test. In the time since then, everyone in the team has worked very hard to prepare for the first race and I hope that pays off this weekend.

    "When it comes to the effect of the new technical regulations, I'd say what we saw is that we have a little bit less grip everywhere. You don't feel a difference in terms of how the car handles and behaves and I'd say it's fairly similar to what we experienced last year - a bit worse in some places, a bit better in others. The overall balance is similar, it's just there's less grip so you are slower through the corners. But it's not a big difference. Apart from that, the first time we tested the car it gave us a baseline that worked straight away. We were able to work on fine tuning in some corners and now it's down to the engineers working mainly in the wind tunnel to push to try and find more downforce through the year. But we have a really good base from which to start the year and the car also reacts well to any changes we make to it, which is a good sign. During the test, we didn't push flat out very often, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of the improvement on the PU side, but I know what Honda has done and it was encouraging that we had zero bother on the PU over the three days, even though we did a huge number of laps. We'll get a better idea when we push harder at the first race.

    "From a team point of view, it's important to have two drivers who can deliver and Yuki did a good job at the test, doing a lot of laps, which is a good sign. He made no mistakes and did everything that was asked of him. Both of us are ready to attack the season."

    Yuki Tsunoda: "Making my Formula 1 debut this weekend in Bahrain is going to be a big step up from Formula 2. During the off-season, I was able to drive some older F1 cars and then we had the three-day test at Sakhir, so with all of that combined I feel I am well prepared. There has been a lot to learn, in terms of the power of the car, how effective the brakes are and, especially unique to Formula 1, how many controls and switches there are on the steering wheel. During the test, I worked on understanding how the car reacts to all the changes that can be made to it, I spent a lot of time studying the data and I feel I have made some progress. Comparing this year's car to last year's, I had a good feeling through the steering and the engine seems to have more power, but although testing went well, we won't know how competitive we are until this weekend, because in testing, everyone is running different programmes.

    "I have also worked hard on my physical preparation, training every day and focusing on those areas where I saw I needed to be stronger. I am keen to see what happens in this first race. My approach to the season will be to push hard right from the start, building on my experience to find the limits of the car and I hope that, by the mid-season, it all comes together with some good results. My team-mate is very fast and experienced, and I plan to learn as much as possible from him. I am the first Japanese driver to race in Formula 1 since 2014 and I know a lot is expected of me from the Japanese fans, so I will be trying my best to make them happy. I think I'm ready!"

    Bahrain GP: Preview - McLaren

    Lando Norris: "It's time to go racing again and I'm really excited to be jumping back into the MCL35M and getting out on track.
    "We were only out in Bahrain a couple of weeks ago for pre-season testing and looking further back it was only a few months ago since we raced there, so I'm looking forward to doing it again. I've had some good performances there during my career and it's a track I've become very familiar with. Even though we only had a few days to test, during those days and in the lead-up to this weekend we've been able to learn a decent amount about the car and do some correlation work in the simulator, which has been helpful. Of course, there's still more we can understand to extract every final bit of performance, which we'll need.

    "I feel confident and ready to enter my third year in Formula 1. My aim is to keep building on my previous experience and help the team progress as much as possible. I know how hard everyone in the team has been working, both day and night, to get us prepared to go racing again and I can't thank them enough. We've got a long and challenging season ahead but hopefully we can get off on the right foot."

    Daniel Ricciardo: "I'm really excited for the of start the season. It's the beginning of a new chapter, my first race in papaya and I can't wait to get started. It's also a special race with Bahrain being the team's home-from-home. In my first few months at McLaren the team has made me feel right at home in such a short space of time. I feel confident and comfortable going into the new season, which is important as I want to get the most out of the car right from race one.

    "As a team we made the most of pre-season testing with some smooth running. It was great to get to grips with the MCL35M in just the few days that we had to put it through its paces. I think, naturally, it takes a bit of time to adjust to a new car, but I'm feeling prepared to hit the track come Friday. It's an exciting circuit with a few big braking zones and plenty of opportunities for overtaking. Racing at dusk is always cool and brings an added challenge to the weekend.

    "This season looks like it's going to be a competitive one, but I'm looking to hit the ground running, leave nothing on the table, give it my all for the team and hopefully give the fans something to smile about."

    Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "This week we kick off another exciting year of Formula 1 after a busy and productive winter for the team. Lando, Daniel and the entire team are fully focused on what will be a highly competitive and thrilling season as we aim to maintain our momentum from 2020.

    "It's incredibly difficult to predict the pecking order from testing alone, so we will only really begin to see where everyone is on Sunday. What we can be certain of is an even tighter battle this season with McLaren right in the mix.

    "The hard work and dedication from every single person in the team over the winter months, alongside Lando, Daniel and our Mercedes colleagues has been outstanding. A massive thanks goes to all of them alongside our partners and, of course, our brilliant fans. We're ready to hit the track in anger and excited at the prospect of closer racing, great battles and a competitive season ahead."

    Bahrain GP: Preview - Aston Martin

    Lance Stroll: "The arrival of Aston Martin underlines all the potential in this team; it's a very exciting moment for us all.

    "We're continuing to develop as an organisation - that means we'll have more people and more resources to understand the car and how it operates; but we're still understanding how the team is growing. I don't think we were able to show our full potential during the Bahrain test, so there's definitely more performance to come during these opening races, which is exciting."

    Sebastian Vettel: "It's going to be a bit of a learning curve in these first few races: for me, it's a new team - I'm still getting to know everyone, still understanding how the AMR21 wants to be driven, and familiarising myself with the team. I'm very excited to be at the start of that journey in Bahrain this weekend. The conditions were very interesting during testing - high winds made it quite tricky to drive - and we know that tyre degradation is always a key factor here. It should make for an exciting race."

    • Desert winds regularly deposit sand on the circuit, so there's fairly hefty track evolution across the race weekend as the cars clear the sand and rubber-in the racing line. Pirelli brings its C2, C3 and C4 compounds to this race (Hard, Medium and Soft) - the same as last year. The track surface is particularly abrasive, so expect to see high degradation and multi-stop strategies as default. Pole position is on the left-hand side of the track - it's a relatively short 460m run from P1 down to Turn One.

    • In general, passing is relatively easy at Bahrain. Excluding the opening lap and restarts, there were 53 overtakes in last year's race - and 70 per cent of those were DRS-assisted. It's the fifth-easiest track on the calendar for overtaking. Austria and Montreal top the list for most passing action; Monaco, unsurprisingly, is the hardest place to overtake. The majority of passes happen into Turn One, where a following car is assisted by a DRS zone along the straight and heavy braking into a second-gear right-hander, which offers multiple lines for attack and defence. Another popular passing spot is into Turn Four, for the same reasons (DRS assist/heavy braking).

    • Safety cars are less likely at Bahrain than at many other circuits. Why? Because the huge asphalt run-offs mean cars are less likely to end up stranded on the track. However, the first race of any season always brings additional reliability worries.

    Bahrain GP: Preview - Alpine

    Alpine F1 Team makes its official race debut this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix. With a productive three-day pre-season test under the belt, Executive Director Marcin Budkowski discusses the opening round of the season.
    It's the season start, how ready is the team?

    Marcin Budkowski: We had a good pre-season test and we covered solid mileage without any significant reliability issues. We went through our items and, from a preparation point of view, we're in better shape than previous seasons. We have some unanswered questions on the car, though, and we are working through all the data from the test last week to improve our understanding and are planning further tests in free practice on Friday.

    How will the team plan the weekend given the shorter practice sessions and the fact we're arriving at the same circuit on the back of three days testing?

    MB: It's certainly unique as normally we're used to testing in Barcelona in February before going to Australia for the opening race. By the time we arrived in Barcelona in May for the race, not only does the car evolve, but the conditions are so much different. This year, however, we're returning to the same venue at the same time of the year, so we're definitely more ready for the race weekend than we would normally be at this point of the season.

    Some of the tests we did last week were planned on giving us a head start for the race, especially tyre related work. We also have less time on a Friday this year - from three hours of track time to two hours - so that makes preparation work more difficult. That said, the same venue and conditions can play its tricks. During the test, the wind direction turned 180 degrees and that made a difference to car behaviour. That's something we'll keep an eye on.

    How are the drivers feeling after the test heading into race week?

    MB: Both drivers were positive after the test. Even if it was just three days of running, they both had exactly one and a half days each. Both Esteban and Fernando would agree they had the best preparation possible given the time allowed and they both enter race week having driven the exact same number of laps in the car, counting the shakedown. The A521 is sane, it's responding well to set up changes and we know the areas we can work on to make it quicker.

    After the three-day pre-season test, Esteban Ocon is all set for this week's Bahrain Grand Prix. The talking stops, the visor goes down and the Frenchman is raring to unleash the A521 into race mode.

    What will it be like to drive the Bahrain International Circuit again on the back of testing there?


    Esteban Ocon: In recent months, and weeks, it's a track we've been to a lot. Obviously, we've only had a week off from testing and we're back in Bahrain for the first race, which is exciting. I think it means we'll enter the race weekend more dialled into the circuit and we'll use practice to refine things rather than find things. Testing was good for us. I left there feeling happy with how the A521 felt and how we worked as a team. We discovered some new ideas and now we have to put all that knowledge to work and execute a good race weekend.

    How special is racing in Bahrain to you?


    EO:
    I do like Bahrain. It's a circuit, which will hold some very special memories for me forever. My first Formula 1 podium there last season, even if it was on the outer layout, was very special. When I was in the paddock last week, it reminded me of that awesome night. It'd be nice to repeat it again. We'll remain realistic, though, and look to put together a strong race weekend and grab any opportunity that comes up. Anything can happen, especially the first race of the season, and we're definitely looking forward to it.

    What are your first impressions of the team and the car after testing?


    EO:
    The A521 was great and I was left feeling happy with all the things we learned and discovered about it. And I'm a big fan of the colour scheme! It was nice to work with Fernando for the first time properly. We spoke regularly over the test, gave each other comments while we were out of the car and exchanged some ideas to help drive the team. I'm looking forward to continuing the collaboration at a race for the first time, but we both know it's time to get down to business and the target is to take as many points home as possible for the Constructors' Championship.

    Fernando Alonso makes his return to Formula 1 at the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend and he is more motivated than ever before.

    How excited are you ahead of your first race back in Formula 1 in two years?


    Fernando Alonso:[/B] I'm very excited for the entire weekend. There has been a lot of preparation for this moment, not only with the team during testing and the work done at both factories over the winter period, but also personally. Ever since I agreed to join Alpine F1 Team, I have put a lot of effort in to be both physically and mentally prepared for this season. I learnt a lot in my time away from Formula 1, especially all the different styles of racing, but I'm now back in F1 and very motivated for what should be a challenging season ahead. It was fun to be back at the wheel of an F1 car for testing, but now I can't wait to go racing.

    The team covered a lot of ground during pre-season testing in Bahrain, are you feeling confident heading into this season opener at the wheel of the A521?


    FA:
    We covered a lot of mileage during testing, which is important as it gives you something to build on for the rest of the season. We also completed most of our programme during the three days in Bahrain, so we are relatively pleased on that front. In terms of performance it's too early to tell, and I think we won't know the true pecking order of the grid until the first qualifying session on Saturday where everyone has low fuel, the fastest tyres fitted and full power from the engine. I expect there will be a few surprises.

    Do you enjoy racing at the Bahrain International Circuit?

    FA: It's a good track with a mixture of corner speeds and long straights. Overtaking is possible here and this means it usually provides an exciting race on Sunday. We've also covered over 2,000km during testing, so we feel well prepared for the circuit and weekend ahead. Although, as we saw during testing, the weather conditions here can have a huge impact on car performance so we are wary of that. I'm aiming for a strong first race weekend back in Formula 1.

    Bahrain GP: Preview - Alfa Romeo

    It wasn't long ago that the engines stopped roaring at the end of last season - and what a season it had been, full of disruption, surprises and thrills - but in a flash, the winter is gone and we are back in the sunny climes of Bahrain for the first race of the season. If it all has a feeling of dejà vu, it is because we seem to spend a lot of time here in Bahrain: by next Monday, three out of the four last F1 races will have been held in Sakhir, in addition to the three days testing on this very track less than a fortnight ago. But there is no such thing as too much of a good venue, is there?

    Despite the short time span, a lot has happened since we last raced a car in anger: we are ready to take the track against new teams, new drivers, on new circuits. And yet, there is a reassuring, familiar feel within the team: Kimi and Antonio return to the cockpit, with Robert on testing duties; the faces in the garage and on the pitwall are the same; the spirit of the team remains unchanged, a family ready to take on this new season together.

    The longest calendar ever awaits: it will be a test of stamina, mental and physical, between now and Abu Dhabi in December. We approach the season conscious of the challenge ahead, yet confident in our means and in the path we have taken over the break. The objective, in the words of boss, Fred Vasseur, does not change: to do better today than we did yesterday. As we open the first page of this new chapter, we're ready for the challenge.

    Frederic Vasseur: "We are very excited about the start of the season - it's normal. Hopefully we will still be so after the first weekend! Jokes aside, we approach this race with confidence in ourselves: we have done a good job during testing, with excellent reliability giving us plenty of mileage, no mechanical issues and good feedback from the drivers, and we are eager to turn this positive start into a rewarding first race. The big question mark is, obviously, where we stand compared to our rivals: it's something only the track will say. We just need to give our best and have a flawless weekend, then we will assess the situation and have a clearer idea of what we can expect from the season. We expect a close fight across the whole of the midfield and we know the margins are going to be small, so we will need to extract all we can from our package: we have stability on our side, with an established line-up and no internal changes, so we need to make this advantage count."

    Kimi Raikkonen: "The first race of the season is always a special moment, mostly because I have missed the racing. It's nice to be back in the car for testing, but what makes this sport fun is driving wheel to wheel and you only get that in races, so there is something to look forward to. I am not looking at the times from the three days we spent here two weeks ago, because there is no point trying to get any idea about what to expect: soon enough, on Saturday, we will have an indication of where everyone is and what kind of battles we have this year. So far, we just have to focus on our work, on improving what we had in testing and on making the most of every opportunity."

    Antonio Giovinazzi: "I am really excited about the new season, my third full year in the sport. I feel ready, both in body and mind, and I can't wait to experience the feeling of a race weekend once again. I am not making any predictions on where we will be against our rivals, but I am confident we can have a good season. There is a really good spirit within the team, people are feeling positive and we're all walking with our heads held high, so we are approaching the first race with the right mindset. We all know how crucial the start of the season is: last year, we were able to score points right at the first race and they proved very important for the rest of the campaign, so the aim is to once again start with the right foot and boost the team ahead of this important year."


    Bahrain GP: Preview - Pirelli

    The three middle compounds from the 2021 tyre range have been chosen for this year’s season-opener in Bahrain on some of the most abrasive asphalt of the season.

    C2 as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft. This is the same nomination as last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix four months ago, but there is a new tyre construction this year for the latest cars. The 2021 cars in fact have reduced downforce compared to last year, under the most recent technical rules.

    At the recent three-day pre-season test in Bahrain, teams had the entire P Zero range at their disposal, but many chose to concentrate on the three compounds nominated this weekend. With the track having been used so recently, little about it will have changed since the teams were last there: giving them a stable basis to work from.

    The new tyres for 2021 have been designed to improve strength and durability, allowing them to run at lower pressures, while the actual compounds are the same as last year. During testing of the 2021 tyres last November in Bahrain, rear tyre pressure was reduced by 0.5 psi and front tyre pressure by 1.5 psi. Then, following telemetry analysis and the reduction of rear downforce in particular, rear tyre pressure was further reduced by 1.5 psi at recent test in Bahrain. This is now confirmed for the race.

    The number of sets allowed per weekend is the same as last year (13) despite the there being an hour less of running, with Friday’s free practice sessions now cut to one hour each.

    As was the case last year, there’s a standard allocation for every car in 2021: two sets of hards, three sets of mediums, and eight sets of softs. The nominations for every race this year have been revealed in advance.

    Track Characteristics

    • The Bahrain Grand Prix gets underway in the evening at 18:00 local time after sunset and is run under floodlights, with track temperatures that can fall quite rapidly once the race gets underway. This in turn affects tyre behaviour and therefore strategy.

    • The asphalt (with high granite content) in Bahrain is well-known for being abrasive, increasing tyre wear and degradation. Last year’s race – which featured a red flag and multiple safety car periods – was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with a two-stop strategy: medium-medium-hard. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished second, was one of just two drivers to change tyres four times.

    • Sakhir is all about traction and braking rather than big lateral loads. All in all, it’s classified as a medium-severity circuit in terms of demands placed on the cars.

    • The third 2022 18-inch tyre test of the year (the second one with slicks) will take place for three days in Bahrain after the race from March 30-April 1. Ferrari will run on the first day, with Alpine running on the final two days.

    Mario Isola: "Just four months after having two races in Bahrain, and two weeks after three days of pre-season testing, we're back there for the first race of the 2021 season. During the test we saw many teams concentrated on the compounds nominated for the grand prix, but the conditions we experienced in testing might not be entirely representative of the race.

    "The teams also ran a very wide variety of different programmes during just the one condensed session, whereas in the past, with two test sessions, the second session was usually more focussed on tyres. So it's hard to draw many firm conclusions.

    "With new specifications of cars and tyres, as well as the shortest pre-season in recent memory, the competition is wide open: especially given that the track characteristics of Bahrain have often resulted in interesting strategic battles, with a number of different tactics used."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Scarbs F1, también da su parecer:

    Craig Scarborough @ScarbsTech
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    So, it seems that Alpine's Rad set up, focuses on 2 large coolers along the centre line of the car.
    Leaving smaller sidepods, holding just intercoolers and small rad.
    With the turbo air feed looping around the side.
    We need more pics, but its probably something like this...



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHVUKWEAcg2hK.jpg



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHV4iW8A46887.jpg

    The centre radiator it made up of three cores. It appears to be fed by the lower roll hoop inlet:



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHW7zWUAIrpXG.jpg



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHXkJXIAEvTgl.jpg

    Then theres a flat radiator, sitting behind the engine. Either single wide one or two side-by-side. Its fed from the top roll hoop inlet.


    It looks like it has exit ducting, visible through the back of the sidepods.





    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHYnfXIAcDnTe.jpg



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHZPSXMAYf6gV.jpg

    The turbo looks like its fed from a duct looping around side. Fed from the side of the top inlet:



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExWHaMzXEAYf-nS.jpg
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Todo un cursillo básico sobre las tomas del "Alpain" (Alpain pain, y al wain wain )
    Buscando la imperfección perfecta...

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    Cierto. Lo que desconocemos es si:

    - "Con carta blanca" hubieran realizado más "cambios".
    - El propósito de los "cambios" que han llevado a cabo.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Cierto. Lo que desconocemos es si:

    - "Con carta blanca" hubieran realizado más "cambios".
    - El propósito de los "cambios" que han llevado a cabo.
    A la primera... ... puedes estar segura de que sí, que habrían cambiado más.

    A la segunda... "ya tal" , digo, preguntas demasiado, curiosona , siempre han hecho todos igual , no cuentan ni mú , ya que si nos lo cuentan... nos chivamos

    Las peleas que tuve yo con Maroto, y ni con alicates en la lengua... ...
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    Los primeros "güarrismos", digo, guarismos del primer GP de la temporada Oficial en Bahréin:

    Free Practices 1 :



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    Maroto nuestro 'insider'

    "... y no rompe, y no rompe"
    Última edición por llumia; 26/03/2021 a las 16:47
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Galería de fotos del Viernes (AMuS):

    https://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/...ining-freitag/
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    ¡Muchas gracias por el hilo, McH!


    A ver si esta termporada la cosa está mas apretailla y nos divertimos más que en los "paseos militares" de Mercedes en los últimos años.

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    Racing Tech @racingtech5 · 2min

    Alpine ran with a revised Halo in FP1 - there are now two winglets above it, and the shape of the main fairing is different. #F1 #TechF1 #BahrainGP





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    Free Practices 2:



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    FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2021 - Bahrain Int. Circuit - Sakhir
    Resultados FP2
    Viernes, 26 de marzo de 2021



















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    FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2021 - Bahrain Int. Circuit - Sakhir
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    Sábado, 27 de marzo de 2021



















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    FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2021 - Bahrain Int. Circuit - Sakhir
    Resultados Sesión de CALIFICACIÓN
    Sábado, 27 de marzo de 2021



    La primera pole de la temporada se la lleva Max VERSTAPPEN, la cuarta de su carrera. Tras él y a casi 4 décimas ha terminado HAMILTON, que ve cómo esta temporada parece que no le va a ser tan sencillo conseguir poles.

    La segunda línea de la parrilla la ocuparán BOTTAS y LECLERC. El monegasco saldrá con neumático blando por el medio de los tres primeros, lo que le da una oportunidad de adelantar a alguno de ellos en la salida.

    La prueba de que los Alpha Tauri van bien es la 5ª posición de GASLY, y que además mañana saldrá con el neumático medio.

    Los McLaren han finalizado en las dos siguientes plazas, con RICCIARDO quedando por delante de NORRIS, que compartirá línea de salida con su excompañero Carlos SAINZ. Carlos ha sido el único que no pudo mejorar en Q3 el tiempo que marcó en Q2. Creo que terminar primero en Q2 lo ha sometido a demasiada tensión. Esperemos que mañana nos regale una buena salida y una buena carrera de esas que él suele hacer.

    Sorprendente la 9ª posición de Fernando ALONSO en su vuelta a la F1 y con un Alpine que no ha dado muy buenas sensaciones. Otro que nos tiene acostumbrados a buenas salidas y carreras.

    La 10ª posición ha sido para STROLL.

    El primero de los pilotos que podrá elegir neumático es Checo PÉREZ, que se arriesgó demasiado en Q2 con el neumático medio y le salió caro.






















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    FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2021 - Bahrain Int. Circuit - Sakhir
    Resultados CARRERA
    Domingo, 28 de marzo de 2021



    Lewis HAMILTON comienza la temporada en lo más alto del podio, aunque esta victoria la ha tenido que pelear mucho más de lo habitual. Su estrategia le ayudó a conseguirla.

    VERSTAPPEN se ha tenido que conformar con la segunda plaza. Después de perder la primera posición con Hamilton en la primera parada ha logrado alcanzarle y adelantarle pero por fuera de la pista, teniendo que devolver la posición.

    El podio lo ha completado BOTTAS, que al final hizo una parada extra para poder llevarse la vuelta rápida.

    Carlos SAINZ no ha hecho una buena salida pero su carrera ha sido muy sólida. Ha comentado que ha tenido que aprender cómo se comporta el coche en aire sucio.

    Fernando ALONSO estaba teniendo una buena carrera hasta que comenzaros sus problemas de frenos, al parecer debido a una obstrucción por restos de la pista. Una lástima su abandono porque habría puntuado fijo.

    Ha sido una carrera entretenida que comenzó con una vuelta extra de formación al quedarse parado Checo, que logró poner en marcha el coche para poder salir desde el pit lane, volviendo hacer una gran remontada finalizando 5º.
















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    Kimi se lleva el «honor» de ser el primero de esta temporada en accidentarse.


    https://twitter.com/CokeFIN/status/1...150367233?s=20




    Su alerón quedó clavado en las protecciones.



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    Algunas reacciones de los equipos tras esta primera jornada de Prácticas:

    Bahrain GP: Practice team notes - Red Bull

    Max Verstappen: "It's been a good day again and with the heat and the wind it is not easy to find a perfect balance around the whole lap but overall I would say it was a positive day. There are still things to improve and look into for tomorrow, tyre wise and a bit of balance tuning, plus I think it will be even more windy which is a challenge for everyone in these cars. I am pretty happy with the start of the weekend but tomorrow is a different day and we have to see whether we can do it in qualifying when it counts."

    Sergio Perez: "It feels great to finally get into a race weekend and I'm pleased so far with how things are going. I'm settling in well and taking some steps forwards. If I were to summarize today, I've got some work to do on the short runs as over one lap I don't quite feel the car is within me just yet and I still have to think about what the car is doing, but in the long runs I'm more comfortable and I think the pace is there so that's positive. I think we have some work to do on the soft tyre as there is also room for improvement there, but the car is performing well, we have good pace and tomorrow it will be pretty close in qualifying so we need to make sure we get it right and have a good start to the season."

    https://www.pitpass.com/69284/Bahrai...notes-Red-Bull
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Bahrain GP: Practice team notes - Alfa Romeo

    The first official sessions of the 2021 season came and went - and they did it so quickly. With both FP1 and FP2 being reduced to 60 minutes (from 90), on-track action benefitted as teams sought to make the most of their time.Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN had a solid day of work, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen finishing Free Practice 1 - the first official session of the new campaign - in P10 and P11, a very promising sign ahead of tomorrow's qualifying.


    The overall team tally of 76 laps delivered plenty of data for the engineers to touch up the set-up ahead of the rest of the weekend - and that's when the real first battle of 2021 begins...


    Kimi Raikkonen: "A regular first day in which we were able to try various things. Even though the conditions were quite different from what we experienced in testing, the feel of the car was similar, which allowed us to take up where we left off two weeks ago. We had a solid start and were able to work on the set-up. Of course, losing some time because of the incident was not ideal, but we have already so much data from testing that it wasn't a big setback. We're looking forward to seeing where we stand tomorrow: we still have to refine a few things tonight but we should be ok."

    Antonio Giovinazzi
    :
    "It was a good start to build on the positive feeling we had after testing. Today's conditions were quite different, it was way hotter in the day, but we are still happy with our pace in both the short and long runs. The field looks really tight, so we will need to put everything together to gain places in qualifying. The shorter practice sessions didn't really affect us much: in the end, we spent a lot of time in the garage in FP1 in the old system anyway so now there is a bit more action on track. We now need to go and find another bit of time with the engineers and get ready for qualifying: the target is to get into Q2 and then see what we are able to fight for."


    https://www.pitpass.com/69287/Bahrai...tes-Alfa-Romeo
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Bahrain GP: Practice team notes - McLaren

    Lando Norris: "A reasonable first day back in the car. I think we started where we left off in testing, which is a good thing. The car has improved in some areas, which is positive, but other areas have got a little bit worse. It's been a tricky day to put it all together but on the whole I'm happy. Here and there we've got some work to do for tomorrow, but if we can put it together, hopefully we can be competitive. We seem to be very close to AlphaTauri, Ferrari and other cars, so tomorrow will definitely be tight, but we'll see what we can do."
    Daniel Ricciardo
    :
    "I thought having an hour session instead of 90 minutes meant it would be a bit easier, with less time on track - but it was pretty chaotic actually. You feel the half-hour. It goes quick. I think it was quite fortunate that we were here a couple of weeks ago, so we could hit the ground running. I think you need to make the most of that track time.


    "I'm still getting there, I still want to find a few things in the car and obviously within myself. In FP2 I made some inroads, but hopefully I'll find another step tomorrow to get more where I want to be."


    Andrea Stella, Executive Director, Racing:
    "The first day of practice for a new season is always very busy, but today was intense, with the length of the sessions reduced from 90 to 60 minutes. Happily, we didn't have any major problems. The team did a good job to ensure both our busy sessions progressed smoothly, and we completed our programme.

    "The change of conditions from day to night, and the major variable of the wind always keeps it interesting in Bahrain. In addition, the field looks incredibly compact and competitive, so there's a lot of work to do to be ready for qualifying and the race - but we've started with a productive Friday."

    https://www.pitpass.com/69291/Bahrai...-notes-McLaren
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Bahrain GP: Practice team notes - Mercedes

    Valtteri finished the first session of the day in P2 with Lewis in P4. In the afternoon session, Lewis was third-fastest while Valtteri finished fifth. The team focused on long-run pace and optimising the car balance based on our learnings since last week's test session.

    Lewis Hamilton
    :
    The car wasn't where we wanted it by this weekend. It's looking better but still not perfect so we're working as hard as we can. We still have a hill to climb but we're staying positive. We thought Red Bull would be as fast as they are, so we know they are leading at the moment. McLaren are looking great and it's good to see them taking a step. It will be interesting to see how the long runs are.

    "Stability - it's all about having a stable car and being able to make the tyres last. That's going to be key in this climate and with the wind we have here.

    (On the forecast of a windy Sunday)... That's not great for us! The rear is unstable as it is but I'm sure everyone will be in the same boat - some a little more, some a little less. For people at home trying to understand, when you approach a corner and the rear moves, you're trying to find that tipping point. The tipping point used to be further away with more downforce on the car - now it falls away much quicker than normal. The performance we've lost on tyres this year doesn't help but we'll work away tonight and try to find a way.


    Valtteri Bottas: First, the car felt better than in testing. It felt like we're still not yet there with the car balance, but it was a trouble-free day and no big issues. I think the main thing in my mind is that we have plenty of work to do if we want to fight for the pole this weekend.


    Inconsistency in the balance, especially in the rear-end was one area to work on from testing and in terms of set-up approach, things improved and the car does feel better but it's not quite yet where we would want it. We still have tonight and tomorrow morning to try and figure it out.


    The last long run we did was pretty difficult: I couldn't really put any laps together and the car felt nearly undrivable at times. But it's only Friday and that's why we do practice. We're definitely in the mix. McLaren looked strong today, so too Red Bull as expected. I think we are up there - we're aren't the fastest but we're not too far off it. We'll see tomorrow.

    Andrew Shovlin:
    We've had a productive day. The first session was a bit too hot to be representative but it was still useful for testing the changes we've made to the car since last week and we do seem to have improved the overall balance. The second session had a much cooler track which better matches qualifying and the race so we were able to focus on some single lap practice and long runs at the end. We've still got quite a bit of work to do, especially on the long runs where we didn't look strong. We need more pace and better degradation in order to be competitive but both those problems are linked to the same cause so hopefully we can make some progress overnight.

    https://www.pitpass.com/69289/Bahrai...notes-Mercedes
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Bahrain GP: Practice team notes - Ferrari

    The first Friday of free practice of the 2021 season saw Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow tackle a particularly busy programme, making the most of the available track time, which has been reduced by a third compared to last year. Track and weather conditions were very different to those in testing at this track two weeks ago, as can be seen from the lap times. The team worked on fine tuning the SF21, mainly with a view to the race, concentrating on tyre management.

    In the first hour, which is always less relevant given the high temperatures and the sand on track, the two SF21s ran on the Soft compound tyres: Charles did 14 laps, one less than Carlos. The Monegasque's best time was a 1:31.993, while his team-mate posted a 1:32.366.

    The session began at 18 local time and the team started work in qualifying trim but soon after focussed on the race, doing long runs with each driver on a different programme to acquire as much data as possible. On the Soft tyres, Carlos' best time was a 1:31.127, while Charles, who encountered traffic on his simulation run, stopped the clocks in 1:31.612. For the rest of the time, both drivers worked on tyre evaluation, to assess potential strategies for qualifying with a view to the race. Carlos did 26 laps on the Medium compound, while Charles did the same number of laps on the Softs.


    Carlos Sainz: "Today we had very different conditions in the first and second sessions. In FP1 everything felt fairly normal and going into FP2 the conditions changed quite a bit in terms of wind and obviously track temperature. It made the car and the balance trickier, and it brought the field together. We were surprised with how tight the short runs were in terms of performance.


    "Every lap I do with the car I get to understand it a bit better, how it behaves and how it adapts to the changing conditions. It takes some time, so it was important for me to have a clean Friday and complete our programme.

    Tomorrow it could be a different story again, with different conditions, especially the wind, so we need to take it step by step, building up to Qualifying."


    Charles Leclerc: Today has been a good day and maybe we didn't expect to be as competitive. Though it's still very early days for now, FP1 was positive on my side and FP2 a bit less. I've been struggling a little bit with the car rear end and didn't manage to finish the lap I wanted to, but even though overall there's still a lot of work to do I can feel there's a lot of motivation in the team and I can see and feel the improvements that have been made since last year. This is good for now.


    "Tomorrow will be the day when we'll know exactly where we are compared to the others as this is when everyone will push to the limit; everything will be clear in qualifying. Even though we expect the usual cars will still be at the front, the field is very very tight and I think qualifying tomorrow will be very tight too but this is exciting and this is what we like as drivers to try and make the difference."

    https://www.pitpass.com/69294/Bahrai...-notes-Ferrari
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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