Only Tsunoda drives
Yesterday the teams were still in a hurry at the beginning of the shortened FT1 and FT2 sessions. It looks a little different today. Currently only Tsunoda drives. No surprise, after the work you have to look over night to see whether everything is working fine again on the AT02. The other 19 cars are in the pits. You know that from previous years of FT3 …
The asphalt temperature in Bahrain is currently almost 49 degrees, the air temperature 38.5. So it should get pretty hot in the cockpit right away! As I said, you won’t learn a lot for qualifying. But especially for rookies like Mick Schumacher, it is important to drive in such hot conditions. Every meter helps.
Open the session ticker now!
You know the game: Here you get pictures, voices and the most important information about the session during the training. The complete reporting is available from my colleague Stefan Ehlen in our separate session ticker. The best thing is to simply open both tickers at the same time, then you will not miss a thing this time!
Also in FT3 there are 60 minutes on the clock again, nothing has changed this year.
FT3 starts in half an hour. As a reminder: In Bahrain it is 2:30 p.m. at the moment and therefore significantly warmer than in the evening when qualifying takes place. FT3 (like FT1 yesterday) will therefore not be a representative session either. The teams will of course still use the time to continue working on their cars. In terms of qualification, the training won’t tell us that much.
Saturday is off to a good start from a German point of view: David Beckmann finished third in the first sprint race of Formula 2 and thus achieved the first podium in the first race of the season. The victory went to Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson ahead of Jehan Daruvala – also Red Bull Junior! A good start to the day for the bulls too. Will the pole position follow later in Formula 1 …?
FIA takes a closer look
This year the FIA will take a closer look at the technical inspection of the cars than before. In 2021, an extensive check of a randomly selected racing car will be carried out after each Grand Prix. This goes so far that the car may be completely dismantled.
All the backgrounds are here!
Apropos Netflix …
Some Formula 1 fans are not happy about the “artistic freedom” that Netflix takes in the documentary. In the sense of tension, radio messages and scenes are sometimes cut together that actually don’t belong together. Zak Brown doesn’t think that’s bad. “I think Netflix is great for Formula One,” he said.
He compares it to a fictional film like “Top Gun”. “I’m sure every fighter pilot says, ‘You can’t do that in a jet!’ But it was still a great movie, “said Brown. In terms of entertainment, it is okay that some things are exaggerated in the Netflix series as well.
After the training, Pirelli stated that the C4 tire was about 0.9 seconds faster than the C3 and that it was 0.4 seconds faster than the C2. If these numbers are correct, in the narrow field it will be almost impossible to qualify for Q3 on the medium mix. Everyone would then have to use the soft tires in Q2.
Season 4 confirmed
Also in 2022 there will probably be another season of the Netflix documentary “Drive to Survive”. At least there was an interview with Valtteri Bottas (and probably with other drivers as well) this weekend. The Netflix crew will be there again this year, which suggests that a new season will be released early next year.
Analysis of the training day in Bahrain
Did you miss yesterday’s training day? Can not see? Or do you just want to get the most important information again? Then, before the start of FT3, I would recommend our analysis with editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll (Facebook: “Formula 1 inside with Christian Nimmervoll”)! In just under 30 minutes you will find out everything you need to know about Friday in Bahrain.
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All the best!
Congratulations go out to David Coulthard! The Briton is celebrating his 50th birthday today and, with 13 victories and the runner-up title in 2001, is one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers who have never become world champions. In his career, Coulthard drove for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.
AlphaTauri breaks curfew
Not an optimal start for AlphaTauri: After there was a problem with Yuki Tsunoda’s car in FT2 yesterday, the team had to break the curfew at the first Grand Prix. Each team only has two “jokers” for it per year, the first one had to be drawn right at the start. It took Honda the time to work on the engine. A sensor had to be replaced that was difficult to reach.
For today everything should fit again on the AT02.
The first qualification of the year!
Hello and welcome to a new edition of our Formula 1 live ticker. The test drives and the first day of training are behind us, today the teams have to finally let their pants down! The first qualifying of the year in Bahrain starts at 4 p.m. Before that, there will be the third training session at 1 p.m. and of course lots of other exciting news from the paddock.
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