Honda complete over 4000km in Bahrain, as F1 Testing comes to a close
Pre-season testing ended with a Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri one-two as we enjoyed another productive two sessions in Bahrain.
Sergio was first in the car for Red Bull and added a further 49 laps to his total as he worked through different set-up options to understand how the car reacts to changes. At the end of the morning session - that took place in the hotter part of the day - the result was a good one from a pure lap time point of view, with Sergio finishing top of the timing screens on a 1:30.187.
At AlphaTauri it was Pierre who drove in the morning, with another productive stint as he completed 76 laps. Similarly the pace was solid but mileage was the most important aspect and Pierre finished his running with a total of 237 laps completed across all three sessions that he drove.
For the final section of the test, Max took over the Red Bull and carried out a lot of running on the C3 compound tyre before switching to the softer compounds after sunset for the most representative running compared to the race time in Bahrain. It was on the C4 tyre that Max set the fastest time of the week, posting a 1:28.960.
Yuki also had an extremely busy afternoon when he replaced Pierre, nearly reaching 100 laps on his own to continue his learning ahead of his rookie year. There were a number of soft tyre runs in the closing stages including a lap on the softest C5 compound, with good progression seeing him end up just 0.093s adrift of Max in second place.
While the outside world might focus on the headline lap times, within the team the most important result is that plenty of crucial data was gathered across all three days as the two Honda-powered teams combined for 791 laps, equivalent to 4280.9km - Red Bull completed 369 and AlphaTauri 422.
We will now spend the two weeks before the first race in Bahrain analysing everything we have learned during the test to allow us to understand the best approach when the 2021 season gets underway at the same venue from March 26-28.