2019 Bahrain In-Season Test, Day 1

02.
April 2019
Manama

Lewis completes 77 laps on a wet first day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit

Date:                           Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Driver:                         Lewis Hamilton

Circuit:                        Bahrain International Circuit

Circuit Length:            5.412 km

Laps Completed:         77

Distance Covered:       417 km

Best Lap Time:             1:31.156

Following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One teams have remained in Bahrain for this year’s first in-season test. Lewis Hamilton was behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, completing 77 laps on the opening day.

  • The team worked on a number of test items today, looking at the cooling of the car and collecting aero data
  • Rainfall interrupted the session, cutting today’s programme short
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 844 km today
  • Rights-free imagery of the day is available for download on our media site

Lewis Hamilton

We were driving on the same track we drove all weekend, but due to the conditions we faced completely different obstacles today. Both the temperatures and the wind were different to what we experienced last week, which is why this is actually quite a cool track to drive as it brought some variation.

Andrew Shovlin

The rain was a bit of a surprise! It wasn’t forecast but ended up costing us four or five hours of our programme. We selected the tyres for this test back in December and not expecting rain, we chose only dry tyres. So, once the track was properly wet we didn’t have any option but to wait for it to dry again. However, it’s not been a wasted day, we got through a few aero items in the morning and have managed to collect useful data on some development items. We’re going to reorganise our plans a bit for tomorrow, we’re not going to manage to get everything done that we hoped but with decent weather we should be able to cover most of it.

Position

Driver

Team

Best Lap Time

Laps Completed

1

Max Verstappen (33)

Red Bull

1:29.379

62

2

Mick Schumacher (29)

Ferrari

1:29.976

56

3

Lando Norris (4)

McLaren

1:30.800

22

4

Romain Grosjean (8)

Haas

1:30.982

42

5

Alex Albon (23)

Toro Rosso

1:31.089

71

6

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

1:31.156

77

7

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

Renault

1:31.584

45

8

Lance Stroll (18)

Racing Point

1:31.964

33

9

Carlos Sainz (55)

McLaren

1:32.059

32

10

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alfa Romeo

1:32.067

53

11

Fernando Alonso (14)

McLaren

1:32.207

64

12

Pietro Fittipaldi (51)

Haas

1:32.708

20

13

Robert Kubica (88)

Williams

1:33.290

19

14

Daniil Kvyat (26)

Toro Rosso

1:33.653

45

15

George Russell (63)

Williams

1:33.682

27

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