The first GP weekend of the 2022 season has kicked off in Bahrain with two free practice sessions, each lasting an hour, giving teams the opportunity to test the latest changes they would have made the week after three days of pre-season testing the same route. After these rounds, only one more training session remains, giving them a chance to test their final changes.
Of all the challenges discovered during pre-season testing, Porpoise was the one that bothered the most and in practice it looked like Red Bull reached the top while Mercedes W13 suffered badly from the bumpy effect. Red Bull boss Christian Horner sees it that way too.
After the session ended, when asked if Red Bull was dealing with as much porpoise as Mercedes, as quoted by GP fans, Christian Horner said: “I think to a lesser extent. Yours looks particularly aggressive.
“But the guys did a good job. We had quite a bit of that at Barcelona but we’ve started to understand it and get a grip on it.”
Summary of the Red Bull opening performance by Christian Horner and Max Verstappen
Christian Horner said: “It was really a positive day for us, both with the warmer conditions before and the last session, the short runs, the long runs, both looked pretty decent. But of course, fuel economy and engine modes, there are so many caveats, but we’re pretty happy with today’s run.”
Max Verstappen finished at the top of the timesheets and is the only driver to break the 1min 31sec lap time mark across all testing and practice sessions combined. Max summed up Day 1 for Red Bull saying: “It felt really good. An uncomplicated and smooth day, so I’m really happy with it. It felt really good over both short and long distances, basically whatever happens in the short term you try to correct in the long term, but the car did it all. Very satisfied.”
The team looked happy with the overall performance, including that of Sergio Perez. However, the team will try to be cautious and not rush into qualifying as this will be the moment of truth for all teams’ pace.
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