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Pirelli Bahrain test round-up

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04/04/2019

Pirelli's Mario Isola reflects on the two day Bahrain test, which, other than the ten teams carrying out their own programmes, saw McLaren and Toro Rosso running dedicated cars for tyre testing.

Despite the fact almost five hours was lost on Tuesday due to the weather, which caught everyone off guard, 1987 laps were completed in total, 6,682 miles.

"In the end we managed to complete the work we needed to do at the Bahrain test with our 2020 prototype tyres, despite losing several hours to the rain on the opening day," said Mario Isola.

"Many thanks to all the drivers who took part in our test: especially to Fernando Alonso, whose experience has once again been a huge benefit as we start to analyse the data that we have collected.

"Over the coming days and weeks we will be examining the numbers in close detail to determine the next direction, as we optimise what will be the final year of 13-inch tyres next season.

"As for the in-season test, each team carried out their own individual programmes using the current tyres that they had selected in advance from the testing allocation for the year. Obviously and understandably, none of them had selected wet weather tyres, but it was still a productive test over the two days.

"Finally, congratulations to Mick Schumacher on his Formula 1 debut: like everyone else, we were impressed by what he achieved during his first F1 outing".

Overall Best Times

Date Driver Team Tyres Time Gap
03-Apr Russell Mercedes C5 1:29.029 135.985 mph
03-Apr Perez Racing Point C5 1:29.095 0.066
03-Apr Vettel Ferrari C3 1:29.319 0.290
02-Apr Verstappen Red Bull C3 1:29.379 0.350
03-Apr Sainz McLaren C3 1:29.795 0.766
03-Apr Kvyat Toro Rosso PRO 1:29.911 0.882
02-Apr Schumacher Ferrari C5 1:29.976 0.947
03-Apr Schumacher Alfa Romeo C5 1:29.998 0.969
03-Apr Albon Toro Rosso C4 1:30.037 1.008
03-Apr Stroll Racing Point C5 1:30.049 1.020
02-Apr Norris McLaren C3 1:30.800 1.771
03-Apr Ticktum Red Bull C4 1:30.856 1.827
03-Apr Grosjean Haas C4 1:30.903 1.874
03-Apr Alonso McLaren PRO 1:31.006 1.977
02-Apr Hamilton Mercedes C3 1:31.156 2.127
03-Apr Fittipaldi Haas C3 1:31.209 2.180
03-Apr Aitken Renault C4 1:31.500 2.471
02-Apr Ricciardo Renault C4 1:31.584 2.555
02-Apr Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C3 1:32.067 3.038
03-Apr Latifi Williams C4 1:32.198 3.169
03-Apr Sainz McLaren PRO 1:32.269 3.240
02-Apr Kubica Williams C3 1:33.290 4.261
02-Apr Russell Williams C3 1:33.682 4.653

Check out our Wednesday gallery from Bahrain, here.

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