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WATCH: Incredible visor-cam footage of Yuki Tsunoda lapping Imola in the 2021 AlphaTauri
 

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Pre-Season Testing: Ricciardo Tops Morning Session While Mercedes, Schumacher & Ferrari Run Into Trouble
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas completed the fewest laps in the morning session of day one of pre-season testing.
by James Clifford

March 12, 2021
Daniel Ricciardo pre-season testing Bahrain - Formula1News.co.uk

Daniel Ricciardo topped the time sheet for the morning session of the first day of the three days of pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Ricciardo, who joined McLaren from Renault at the end of 2020, completed 45 laps around the Bahrain International Circuit and set a best time of 1:32.203 using Pirelli’s new C2 tyres.
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Pierre Gasly recorded the second-fastest lap time – with his best effort being just 0.028s slower than Ricciardo’s fastest time – and completed 74 laps in his AlphaTauri, the most of anyone.
Max Verstappen finished the morning session in P3, with him completing 60 laps but struggling with the seemingly wind-sensitive Red Bull RB16B.
“I’m at Turns Six and Seven, where the cars in the intermediate stages suffer a lot from the wind,” Karun Chandhok said during Sky Sports’ coverage of pre-season testing today.
“You can see that some cars are more sensitive to the wind than others. Verstappen has already had a few moments in the mid-stage of this corner.
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“That car is fast, but also very tricky in this section. AlphaTauri is just very strong in this section. Pierre Gasly really goes into this corner with a lot of confidence,” the ex-F1 driver added.
Valtteri Bottas completed just six laps in the Mercedes W12 due to a gearbox problem, while 2020 F2 Champion and Haas rookie **** Schumacher managed just 15 laps due to a “hydraulic issue.”
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc brought out the red flags after his SF71, which was unveiled by the Scuderia just a couple of days ago, ground to a halt with seven minutes of the morning session remaining.

2021 Pre-Season Testing – Friday Morning Classification
1. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, 45 laps, 1:32.203
2. Pierre Gasly, Scuderia AlphaTauri, 74 laps, +0.028
3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 60 laps, +0.042
4. Esteban Ocon, Alpine, 55 laps, +0.756
5. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 59 laps, +1.039
6. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 63 laps, +1.117
7. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, 51 laps, +1.539
8. Roy Nissany, Williams, 39 laps, +2.586
9. **** Schumacher, Haas, 15 laps, +3.924
10. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 6 laps, +4.647
 

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Here's what's covered in each episode of Drive to Survive season 3
 

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2021 Bahrain Grand Prix grid
2021 Bahrain Grand Prix
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27th March 2021, 16:01 | Written by Keith Collantine

Max Verstappen has taken provisional pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Row 11. Max Verstappen1’28.997
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’29.385
Mercedes
Row 23. Valtteri Bottas 1’29.586
Mercedes
4. Charles Leclerc 1’29.678
Ferrari
Row 35. Pierre Gasly 1’29.809
AlphaTauri
6. Daniel Ricciardo1’29.927
McLaren
Row 47. Lando Norris 1’29.974
McLaren
8. Carlos Sainz Jnr1’30.215
Ferrari
Row 59. Fernando Alonso1’30.249
Alpine
10. Lance Stroll 1’30.601
Aston Martin
Row 611. Sergio Perez 1’30.659
Red Bull
12. Antonio Giovinazzi1’30.708
Alfa Romeo
Row 713. Yuki Tsunoda 1’31.203
AlphaTauri
14. Kimi Raikkonen1’31.238
Alfa Romeo
Row 815. George Russell1’33.430
Williams
16. Esteban Ocon 1’31.724
Alpine
Row 917. Nicholas Latifi1’31.936
Williams
18. Sebastian Vettel1’32.056
Aston Martin
Row 1019. **** Schumacher1’32.449
Haas
20. Nikita Mazepin 1’33.273
Haas
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A fine effort by Lando, not bad by Daniel considering that it will take him some time to get accustomed to the car and team.
ToroTauri stronger than expected, although it might be argued that as Red Bull's farm team they should have done better for the last 15 years. Now the cost cap will cause Red Bull to share more information with them, and perhaps the only meaningful difference between the two teams will be Max.
Ferrari also stronger than expected by some, although with their size budget they would have spent a lot of money last year to get this year's car sorted.
Great to the pseudo-Martin flounder, and perhaps Alonso didn't make the wisest move of his career coming back to Renault. Come to think of it, when was the last time he made a wise move?
 

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That's just how I wanted to spend my Sunday morning, what a race! Best part was Vettel steaming into the back of Ocon, only to hear him complain Ocon had switched his line, lol. I loved how Vettel came off in the Drive to Survive but after this weekend, he's right back to the bottom of my list. What a baby.
 

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That's just how I wanted to spend my Sunday morning, what a race! Best part was Vettel steaming into the back of Ocon, only to hear him complain Ocon had switched his line, lol. I loved how Vettel came off in the Drive to Survive but after this weekend, he's right back to the bottom of my list. What a baby.
Yes a good race. A little disappointed by Verstappen and team - they had fastest car and pole position and didn’t deliver the win. Maybe at Imola :)
 

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Yes a good race. A little disappointed by Verstappen and team - they had fastest car and pole position and didn’t deliver the win. Maybe at Imola :)
I wasn't sure where I'd shake out once the two were locked in a battle but I felt myself rooting for Lewis and Mercedes. I think it was mighty impressive what they did together. The strategy and execution were incredible. I think Lewis definitely proved his worth. Not sure another driver outside of Max could have withstood the pressure he was under and extended those poor tires' life. Bottas would've been eaten alive by Max in the same situation.
 

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I wasn't sure where I'd shake out once the two were locked in a battle but I felt myself rooting for Lewis and Mercedes. I think it was mighty impressive what they did together. The strategy and execution were incredible. I think Lewis definitely proved his worth. Not sure another driver outside of Max could have withstood the pressure he was under and extended those poor tires' life. Bottas would've been eaten alive by Max in the same situation.
I seem to recall that in the past you have indicated a slight inclination to root for Lewis. ;)
 

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Is there any footage of Sainz vs Ricciardo at race end? The gap timer seemed to indicate that the Ferrari might have had an opportunity...
 

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Is there any footage of Sainz vs Ricciardo at race end? The gap timer seemed to indicate that the Ferrari might have had an opportunity...
Yes Sainz was catching up - see link below. However McLaren has reported that Ricciardo had floor damage.

 

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What Allison decision means for Mercedes

James Allison's departure from the Technical Director role at Mercedes has come as a surprise, so what does his decision mean for the team going forward?

by Thomas Maher



James Allison will depart his role as Mercedes' Technical Director this summer, as the English engineer wants to take a step back from the huge responsibility of overseeing the technical department of Formula 1's dominant force.
Having taken over the role of leading Merc's technical side after the departure of Paddy Lowe in 2016, Allison has succeeded in continuing to unlock the huge talent within the team's workforce, and his departure is no minor shift within the team.
Worse for Mercedes, his decision to take a step back comes less than a year after the departure of Andy Cowell from Mercedes' High Performance Powertrains.
Cowell worked with Ilmor and Mercedes from 2004 until a few months ago, but stayed on long enough for Mercedes to work out a succession plan to bring Hywel Thomas into the role of Managing Director.
While Cowell departed his senior role and the team entirely, Mercedes have, understandably, wanted to keep Allison on their books. With Cowell being a free agent on the market now, the sudden availability of Allison as well could have been to the benefit of one of the team's main rivals.
However, Allison is not leaving Mercedes and is, instead, moving into a broader, less immediate position. From July 1, he will assume the newly appointed position of Chief Technical Officer.
Despite what the title suggests, this role takes him away from responsibility for the immediate design and update process for the car. Instead, he will work closely with the team to help with the transition into the new regulation cycle that begins next season, as well as being able to advise and lead Mercedes through the sport's evolution over the future.
"I firmly believe that people have a shelf life in senior roles in this sport," Allison said of his decision to step back.
"I have chosen to step away from my role as Technical Director in order to pass on the baton at the right time for the organisation and myself. I have enjoyed four and a half wonderful years as Technical Director, and it has been a special privilege to lead the technical effort of the team in that time."
Allison's intelligence and shrewd approach to the rulebook (as evidenced recently by the sudden appearance of the DAS steering system on the W11, a previously unspotted loophole in the regulations), makes him the ideal man to help the team through a period of upheaval.
Interestingly, Allison staying on at the team in a senior role also suggests that his long-term future could be with Mercedes. Toto Wolff's tenure as Team Principal can't go on forever...
It's also indicative of Mercedes' strength and stability that, despite the changes at top level, they have been able to convince their staff to either remain in some capacity or stay long enough to work out a strong succession plan.
It's something we've seen before with Mercedes, such as with Engineering Director Aldo Costa and Performance Director Mark Ellis; both enabled Mercedes to be able to work out succession plans to ensure continuity and strength.
Mike Elliott, who will assume Allison's empty seat, has worked directly for James in his current role as Technology Director. He has also worked as Head of Aerodynamics for Mercedes, as well as stints at McLaren and Renault during his 21 year F1 career. The fact that Allison remains with Mercedes will prove hugely beneficial for Elliott as he stretches his wings with his new role.

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