At the end of the morning session of Day 1 of the Bahrain F1 Test, Daniel Ricciardo topped the timing charts for Red Bull Racing, while McLaren’s Honda engine lasted for a total number of 2 laps before failing on them.
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Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes had an electrical issue in the morning, but having that rectified, Hamilton put in 33 laps to finish second on the timing charts. Mercedes seemed to focus on tyre management testing as they desperately need improvements in this area to challenge Ferrari this year.
It was an aerodynamic testing session for Renault and Nico Hulkenberg, while similar to Mercedes, Lance Stroll in the Williams focused on tyre management testing.
Toro Rosso’s Indonesian driver Sean Gelael had an engine failure 4 laps into the session, but having fitted a new power unit, Gelael managed to do 27 laps finishing P10 with a fastest time of 1:38:111.
Ferrari sent two drivers out with Antonio Giovinazzi put in the maximum number of 79 laps in the morning session , and Seb Vettel putting in 49 laps focusing on tyre management testing.
Haas F1 Team spent their time testing components provided by their potential new brake supplier Carbone Industrie with Romain Grosjean in the cockpit, as Haas are using this test to determine if they’d want to keep Brembo as their brake supplier or switch to Carbone.
As for McLaren Honda, development driver Oliver Turkey got to experience some of that sweet Honda pain as a water leak was discovered in the Energy Recovery System (ERS) after just two installation laps, and Honda had to change another engine. It’s a new spec engine as well, shipped in from Honda’s facility in Japan.
Honda have been working on replacing the faulty engine with a new one during lunchtime, and let’s hope they can get out on track and get on with some desperately needed development work.
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– Aditya Bhat.