F1 Racing 2022: Take a virtual lap ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix
The Bahrain Grand Prix is underway and defending champion Max Verstappen looks like the driver to beat after the first practice sessions on Friday as Formula One returns for a new season. The new rules and regulations are set to shake up the grid in what could be the most unpredictable F1 season in years, but Verstappen topped the times in FP2 after Pierre Gasly led the way in the opening session.
However, Mercedes continued to struggle, with Lewis Hamilton ninth in FP2 and significantly off the pace of even team-mate George Russell. Mercedes has been unable to solve the ‘porpoise’ problem and although the team has tended to fall behind in pre-season even when at the top of the field, it has left Hamilton admitting the team faces “even bigger problems”. than the ones you have. in previous years. Russell, who was fourth in FP2, said Mercedes has “work to do” ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
Ferrari continued to impress with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finishing the day second and third respectively behind Verstappen. The Scuderia have been consistent in pre-season and Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes they will be the “team to beat” this weekend in Bahrain. Follow the latest news and reactions from the Bahrain GP below.
Lewis Hamilton well off the pace in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton finished a distant ninth in practice for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix as world champion Max Verstappen took first place.
Hamilton arrived for the opening round of the Formula One season fearing that his Mercedes machine was not a contender for victory.
And while practice times are treated with a grain of salt as teams test different tyres, fuel loads and engine settings, Hamilton will be alarmed by his apparent lack of pace.
The Briton, seventh in the first action of the day, finished 1.2 seconds behind Red Bull’s Verstappen, the man who denied him a record eighth title in last season’s controversial decider in Abu Dhabi, and six tenths off his new His teammate at Mercedes, George Russell.
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:47
F1 Practice – Hamilton: Mercedes facing ‘much bigger problems’ than in recent years
Lewis Hamilton to Sky Sports: “We were running different setups but I haven’t looked at George’s car.
“We have had small problems in the past. We are facing much bigger problems this year. Everything we’re doing isn’t changing that. It will be a long-term solution.”
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:26
F1 Practice – Russell: ‘Mercedes have work to do’
George Russell to Sky Sports: “I think it’s clear that it’s lap time and we’re not where we want to be. The rhythm is not there at the moment. We need to go over the data tonight and see where we’re struggling. We have a bit of work to do.
“We were consistently a second slower than our rivals. For our part, we are not happy with the current state of the car. If anyone can work on it, it’s our team.
“We think there is potential there, but we are struggling to find it. It feels like one step forward and two steps back. There is nothing drastic that we can do overnight. It’s damage limitation.”
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:24
F1 practice: Horner pleased with Red Bull performance
Horner adds to Sky Sports: “It’s really been a positive day for us, both in the warmer conditions today and in the last session. The short term and the long term seemed decent. But of course fuel loads and engine modes, there are a lot of caveats, but we’re pretty happy with today’s ride.”
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:21
Christian Horner, on the FIA report which is now expected to be published tomorrow.
“I have not seen the report. In terms of what to expect, I really don’t know to be honest. I’m sure there will be things that could have been done better. Everyone is always learning. But I don’t think it’s going to show anything we don’t already know. Team managers must retain the ability to speak to race control. Taking managers out of teams is a good step, but it’s important that it still gets aired as it’s important to know. Michael [Masi] He had a tough job and I feel sorry for him because now there is a team in his place.”
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:20
Christian Horner speaking to Sky Sports about Ferrari: “Every time they have been on track in pre-season they have looked very impressive. They could well be the car to beat tomorrow. It’s great to see Ferrari back and competitive. They have been a giant that has been quiet for a couple of years.”
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:15
F1 Practice – Talking Points
That wraps up today’s practice, with plenty to discuss before tomorrow’s qualifying.
Hamilton’s car performance is undoubtedly the story of the day. Mercedes is struggling to fix its car problems, how else would you explain the difference between Russell and Hamilton? The 37-year-old’s car bounced all over the place, leaving Mercedes with a lot of work to do.
To make matters worse, Verstappen tops the timesheets and even seemed to have some reserve pace. It appears to be a shootout between the defending champion and the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who were looking strong once again.
On the other hand, this was a bad day for McLaren, as Daniel Ricciardo walked away with just 12 laps today after missing testing last week. Face a tough weekend at this rate.
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:14
F1 practice – Tsunoda in more trouble
Another incident involving Tsunoda! This time he cuts off the front wing of Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin while trying to move around the inside.
Stroll: “Stupid idiot, what the hell is he doing?”
The incident has been noted by the stewards.
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:09
F1 practice: Verstappen is fastest ahead of the Ferraris 🏁
- 1 Max. VERSTAPPEN1:31.936
- 2 Carlos LECLERC+0.087
- 3 Carlos SAINZ+0.584
- 4 George RUSSELL+0.593
- 5 Fernando ALONSO+0.941
- 6 Valtteri BOOTS+1,015
- 7 Sergio PEREZ+1,022
- 8 Mick SCHUMACHER+1,149
- 9 Lewis HAMILTON+1,208
- 10Kevin MAGNUSSEN+1,247
- 11 Lando NORRIS+1,344
- 12 Esteban OCON+1,424
- 14 Yuki Tsunoda+1,853
- 15 Guanyu ZHOU+2,017
- 16 Launch WALK+2,022
- 17 Nico HULKENBERG+2,125
- 18 Daniel RICCIARDO+2,230
- 19 Nicolas LATIFI+2,550
- 20 Alexander ALBON+2,799
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:06
F1 Practice – 🏁
Max Verstappen leads the Ferraris after FP2, but you can imagine the discussion will turn to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. It’s ninth for Hamilton, around six-tenths from George Russell. A difficult race also for the McLarens.
jamie twisted18 March 2022 16:03