Formula 1: Ferrari makes a solid impression

Just one more day of testing before the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season next weekend in Bahrain – and so far Ferrari is making the best impression.

The Italians shine with their speed and stamina and burned the fastest lap time into the asphalt during the Formula 1 test in the desert on Friday. The Spaniard Carlos Sainz got hold of the place in the sun.

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Striking: The Scuderia seems to have gotten the dreaded jumping of the car under control due to the ground effect. Background: The Italians have pulled a strut to the ground on the outside of the underbody so that the edge does not bend too much.

However, all eyes are still on the Mercedes without side boxes.

However, all eyes are still on the Mercedes without side boxes. It wasn’t until the end of the second day in the desert that Hamilton really hit the gas pedal for the first time with the softest tire compound and ended up fourth.

Unlike Ferrari, Mercedes has not yet found the ideal compromise between downforce and ground clearance. Nevertheless, the eyes of the track judge that the Silver Arrow accelerates out of the curves better than the competition.

Ferrari star Sainz therefore does not attach any importance to the comparatively slow drive of Hamilton and George Russell: “It will be the same as always,” he believes. “Mercedes is rather inconspicuous during the winter test and then fully committed to the music at the start of the season.”

And Red Bull? The team of world champion Max Verstappen apparently waits until the end with the new parts. In second place, the Dutchman with the same rubber is a little more than half a second behind.

Sebastian Vettel finished eighth.

Sebastian Vettel finished eighth. He “only” managed 46 laps because of a loose rear wheel. Teammate Stroll fared better in the afternoon and finished third. This shows that the Aston Martin actually seems to have made a leap forward compared to 2021.

Mick Schumacher finished twelfth, 1.3 seconds behind his new team-mate Kevin Magnussen (P9). He only turns 23 laps. “We still have little things that prevent us from driving as much as we would like,” says Haas team boss Günther Steiner. “Everything on this car is new, so you have to expect problems like this.”

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Formula 1 testing in Bahrain
day 2

1. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari F1-75, 1:33.532 min (60 laps) C4
2. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB18-Red Bull, 1:34.011 (86) C4
3. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR22-Mercedes, 1:34.064 (70) C4
4. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W13, 1:34.141 (47) C5
5. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A522-Renault, 1:34.276 (111) C4
6. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari F1-75, 1:34.366 (54) C3
7. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL36-Mercedes, 1:34.609 (60) C3
8. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes, 1:36.020 (46) C3
9. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas VF-22 Ferrari, 1:36.505 (39) C3
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri AT03-Red Bull, 1:36.802 (120) C3
11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo C42-Ferrari, 1:36.987 (25) C2
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-22 Ferrari, 1:37.846 (23) C2
13. George Russell (GB), Mercedes W13, 1:38.585 (67) C2
14. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW44-Mercedes, 1:39.845 (12) C2
15. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Alfa Romeo C42-Ferrari, 1:39.984 (48) C2

Tire compounds: C1 very hard, C2 hard, C3 medium hard, C4 soft, C5 very soft

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