The Method 1 drivers and groups had to deal with a sandstorm on the primary of a mere three days of testing for the upcoming 2021 Method 1 season.
By DAN KNUTSON
“I’ve by no means seen a sandstorm come by right here earlier than in all of the years that I’ve pushed at this circuit,” stated reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. “The sand was transferring like rain would transfer. Having sand on the tyres isn’t good for his or her longevity and getting consistency on lengthy runs is troublesome. Over a single lap it isn’t the worst, however you want numerous laps presently of 12 months to get information.”
Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen topped the lap occasions of the 17 drivers on observe.
“We had a really optimistic day and managed loads of laps despite the fact that the observe circumstances had been fairly troublesome,” Verstappen stated after finishing 138 laps. “It was very heat with loads of wind and we all know the degradation is all the time excessive round right here so I’m very pleased with the way it went.
“We aimed for this variety of laps and when you’ll be able to full a full programme like this the group may also be happy with the data we’ve. We don’t want to speak about tempo but and it isn’t actually a dialogue till we get to Q3 on the first race weekend. It’s solely then you definately see the true tempo in all of the vehicles. The primary factor is that the automotive felt good to drive, so it’s a optimistic begin.”
Daniel Ricciardo wound up seventh greatest in his first outing within the McLaren.
“It was actually good to get again out within the automotive for my first correct session with McLaren,” the Aussie stated. “I used to be capable of push the automotive slightly bit and get extra accustomed to it. It was a clean morning; all the pieces ran nicely and that’s all you’ll be able to ask in testing – you need reliability in your facet and the group again in Woking has accomplished an superior job of giving us an incredible begin on day one.
“We acquired quantity of runs and laps accomplished, with a concentrate on getting increasingly acquainted and comfy within the automotive.
“The plan for the subsequent few days is comparable, we’re aiming to go away right here feeling able to go for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Comfortable days!”
Off the tempo had been the reigning Mercedes world champions.
“On the set up lap we seen a difficulty with the gearbox so we needed to localise the issue and alter the gearbox which takes fairly a little bit of time,” stated Valtteri Bottas who accomplished simply six laps.
“Solely on the finish of the morning session may we get again out for a couple of extra laps earlier than the purple flag. A complete of six laps for me, all with aero rakes on the automotive so not a lot working right now and never a great begin.
“In recent times issues have been just about bulletproof so it’s not a well-known expertise. The great factor is that this 12 months when you miss some working you’ll be able to hopefully catch up due to the mileage limitation linked to the fee cap efficiencies. I’m assured we are able to recuperate and I’m trying ahead to 2 good days over the weekend.”
Hamilton was then capable of put in 42 laps within the afternoon and submit the 10th greatest lap.
“At this time positively wasn’t the cleanest of days that we’ve had however these items are despatched to strive us,” he stated.
“Everybody has labored extraordinarily onerous to get us right here. We had that mishap within the morning which was very unlucky for Valtteri when it comes to dropping time on observe and the group is working onerous to attempt to perceive what that was. I feel they did an incredible job to show the automotive round.
The second session wasn’t with out its challenges, however we exist to seek out options to the issues we’re confronted with. We simply had debrief and we’ll preserve working away.”
In his first outing within the Ferrari, Carlos Sainz accomplished 56 laps.
“Generally I feel right now was a optimistic first day of testing, the place the goal was to finish our entire run programme and we did it, so pleased with that,” the Spaniard stated.
“I assume everybody desires to determine the efficiency of every automotive after right now, however I feel it’s approach too early to inform, and really troublesome to know in these sort of circumstances – stuffed with sand, very windy and with massive variations in temperatures. All in all I feel we are able to contemplate right now an excellent day.”
DAY 1 RESULTS
Pos. Driver Crew Time Laps
1 Max Verstappen (33) Purple Bull 1:30.674 138
2 Lando Norris (four) McLaren 1:30.889 45
three Esteban Ocon (31) Alpine 1:31.146 128
four Lance Stroll (18) Aston Martin 1:31.782 46
5 Carlos Sainz (55) Ferrari 1:31.919 56
6 Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Alfa Romeo 1:31.945 68
7 Daniel Ricciardo (three) McLaren 1:32.203 45
eight Pierre Gasly (10) AlphaTauri 1:32.231 74
9 Yuki Tsunoda (22) AlphaTauri 1:32.727 37
10 Lewis Hamilton (44) Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1:32.912 42
11 Charles Leclerc (16) Ferrari 1:33.242 59
12 Kimi Räikkönen (7) Alfa Romeo 1:33.320 63
13 Sebastian Vettel (5) Aston Martin 1:33.742 51
14 Roy Nissany (45) Williams 1:34.789 83
15 Nikita Mazepin (9) Haas 1:34.798 69
16 Mick Schumacher (47) Haas 1:36.127 15
17 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1:36.850 6
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Date posted: March 13, 2021