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The times that put Red Bull in a league of its own so far in Bahrain

On the final day when Formula 1 teams attempt to disguise true performance levels from rivals ahead of the sessions that truly count, Red Bull moved into a class above the rest. Its pace compared to the competition looks set to give it a major advantage at the 2022 opener in Bahrain

Formula 1 has waited a long time for its new era – the one that was supposed to herald a new age of success spread throughout the field. Well, the first day of real grand prix weekend action in Bahrain in 2022 ended in the same manner as how the final day of 2021 concluded: Red Bull and Max Verstappen on top.

The world champion led the way, but only just over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. And Mercedes’ testing struggles appeared to carry over into the reality of the new season.

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