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Official F1 2022 pre-season testing day three report and results: Verstappen sets stunning benchmark to reach the top on final day of 2022 pre-season testing

Defending champion Max Verstappen topped the timesheets on the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain as a thrilling time attack capped off the action on Saturday.

Times dropped as the sun set in Sakhir, with the morning standings constantly changing. A late red flag caused by Valtteri Bottas stopping left 20 minutes for a final attack against the clock – during which Verstappen completed a 360-degree turn in the final corner before setting the fastest lap and s improving to an ultimate benchmark of 1m 31.720s, comfortably the fastest seen over the three days in Bahrain.

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That left former leader Charles Leclerc second, 0.695 seconds behind Ferrari, and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in P3 after setting his fastest lap in the dying minutes.

Mercedes’ George Russell was thus downgraded to P4 – team-mate Lewis Hamilton 17th with 78 laps in the morning.

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With 40 minutes remaining, Bottas took fifth place before stopping at Turn 8 on his recovery lap, triggering the second red flag of the day. rounds before lunch.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, P6, went wheel-to-wheel with Russell in the evening – after their respective team-mates Pierre Gasly (P12) and Hamilton set a precedent in the morning.

Morning leader Sergio Perez finished seventh overall, ahead of Haas’ Mick Schumacher.

Schumacher pulled out the first red flag of the day – very briefly – as he came out of the final corner after two hours (39 laps) of racing in the afternoon. He was in P8 when the checkered flag flew, but will have two more hours of racing overnight as Haas makes up for lost time on Thursday morning.

Lando Norris promoted himself to P9 very late, and with over 80 laps on the board he clocked his highest mileage of three days – in the absence of Daniel Ricciardo, sidelined with Covid-19.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a productive evening of racing, over 80 laps en route to 10th place.


Lewis Hamilton finished 17th overall after completing 78 laps on the morning of the final day

In P13 (behind Gasly) was Ferrari’s morning racer Carlos Sainz, a total of 68 laps leading him to proclaim the Scuderia had “completed” their test program satisfactorily.

Fourteenth-placed Alex Albon completed just 18 laps of Sakhir in the car on Saturday afternoon, with Williams putting morning driver Nicholas Latifi (15th) back in the cockpit to take his total to 124 laps.

With Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll 16th and Hamilton 17th, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen completed the standings after starting the day an hour ahead – with the team making up for their missed race, with Schumacher set to make the rounds on Saturday night.

Bahrain hosts the first round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, where the teams’ efforts to prepare their new generation of machines will come to fruition. March 20th?

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