Live: F1 Bahrain pre-season test - Day 1
Formula 1 pre-season testing resumes in Bahrain ahead of the 2022 season with the opening day of the final test.
All 10 teams are set to be in action for the first day of the Bahrain pre-season test, fresh off the back of the Barcelona shakedown test two weeks ago which saw the debut of the new era of F1 with the new cars devised under the new technical regulations.
Track action gets underway at 7am GMT and finishes at 4pm GMT. The day will be split by a one-hour lunch break (11am-12pm GMT) which can be reduced if requested due to lost track time from either red flags or poor weather conditions.
The opening day will provide a first look at what changes each team has made to the cars following the Barcelona pre-season shakedown test, as teams search for ways to solve the porpoising phenomenon which cropped up in the shakedown test.
Haas is set to miss the morning session after a late arrival of freight due to transport delays, with reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi prepared to drive the VF-22 this afternoon for the US team.
On the eve of the Bahrain test, Haas announced Kevin Magnussen would make a return to F1 to replace Nikita Mazepin following the termination of his contract, while the team also cut ties to title sponsor Uralkali due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Bahrain pre-season test will take place on 10-12 March ahead of the 2022 F1 season opener at the same venue, the Bahrain Grand Prix, on 18-20 March.
By: Haydn Cobb, Jake Boxall-Legge, James Newbold, Megan White
2022 F1 Bahrain test: Gasly outpaces Sainz to lead Day 1
A spin for Sergio Perez under the virtual safety car in Bahrain helped Pierre Gasly top the times on the opening day of the second 2022 Formula 1 pre-season test.
F1 Bahrain pre-season test - Day 1 team lap count
- Red Bull - 138 laps
- Mercedes - 122
- Alfa Romeo - 120
- Ferrari - 116
- Williams - 104
- AlphaTauri - 103
- Aston Martin - 89
- Alpine - 66
- McLaren - 50
- Haas - 47
"Sainz did a practice start just now, followed by a plume of smoke as he went to the higher gears. That's most likely oil overfill, rather than anything sinister."
"Some notes: Russell is struggling in Turns 9/10, where Gasly just had a massive lock up too. The wind is very gusty and inconsistent, with a tailwind as the drivers brake. Oh, and the Alfa wheel covers are 🔥🔥 in person!"