Verstappen Tops Final Day Of Testing, Lewis Hamilton Spins Again

Sergio Perez topped the morning session, while his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen set the fastest lap of the day in the afternoon.

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen managed the fastest lap of the third and final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

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The Dutch ace’s best effort, a 1m28.960s, was set on a set of the C4 tyres – one compound away from the softest tyre in Pirelli’s 2021 range.

In the Honda-powered AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda put in the second-quickest lap of the day on the softest C5 tyres, ahead of the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who was over half a second off the pace of Verstappen and Tsunoda.

The Spaniard collided with Kimi Raikkonen – who finished the session in P4 – towards the end of the afternoon session, and his SF21 suffered a hydraulics issue earlier in the day which cost him some running time.

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Sir Lewis Hamilton spun out of testing on Saturday, and he had another spin in his Mercedes W12 today.

However, the seven-time World Champion still managed to get 54 laps under his belt and his quickest lap was good enough for P5 on the Sunday time sheet.

George Russell, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc round out the top ten.

Raikkonen completed the most laps today, with him going around the Bahrain International Circuit in his Alfa Romeo 165 times, giving his team plenty of data to analyse.

The first grand prix of the 2021 season will take place at the same circuit on 28 March, and it will provide a much more accurate indication of the pecking order than testing due to there being so many variables and unknowns outside of qualifying and races.

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