What we learned from Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s first RB18 run in Barcelona »FirstSportz

Red Bull's RB18 Challenger
Red Bull’s RB18 Challenger

The first F1 test before the 2022 season ended in Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya, where all 10 Formula One teams have completed three days of the tournament with the primary goal of gathering maximum OnTrack data on the performance of the new generation of challengers, which will be crucial in the future. their 2022 campaign success.

The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez went to Barcelona to bolster the team’s efforts to emulate and build on their 2021 success this season. RB18 caught the attention of the F1 community immediately after it appeared on the track with its perfect sidepods design and the team had a pretty effective test run.

Completed Max Verstappen time and lap

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Defending champion Max Verstappen, who will drive the No. 1 car this season, had a very solid pre-season test as he completed a total of 206 laps in his half-day schedule. Max Verstappen, who is more focused on “Do multiple rounds“In his attempt to”Nail it all down unique aspect of the car, “Only did it for completing more rounds of leverage than speed. His highest was on Day 3, where he finished P4 at a pace of 1,19,756.

Day No: in total laps completed Fastest lap Grant
1 day 147 1.22.246 P9
Day 2
Day 3 59 1.19,756 P3

Sergio Perez Timed and Completed Lap

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez started his pre-season test on Matchday 2 and completed a total of 152 rounds. Sergio Perez was forced to limit the number of laps completed after his car broke down on day 2 due to transmission problems. The Mexican was able to recover some lost rounds on Day 3 and finished P3 against teammate Max Verstappen with a top speed of 1,19,556.

Day No: in total laps completed Fastest lap Grant
1 day
Day 2 78 1.21.430 P7
Day 3 74 1.19.556 P4

The struggle that Red Bull faces

Red Bull Racing after retiring their car today
Red Bull Racing perfect their car in Day 2 of pre-season testing in Barcelona

Main struggle Red Bull Of the 358 laps they completed, Sergio Perez, broke down on day 2 of testing after a gearbox they were able to tackle shortly after. Just like the other teams, Red Bull also faced a ‘limp’ as their new design failed to match the return of the ground effect phenomenon.

Red Bull also didn’t give the fastest lap times on any given day in the tests as they were more focused on understanding the balance and reliability of the car they succeeded to an extent. certain, but the decision may come to them when they miss an opportunity to push the car to certain limits at the track.

The main positives for Red Bull to take away

Red Bull Racing's RB18 in Catalunya today
Red Bull Racing’s RB18 in Catalunya

With the exception of the gearbox malfunction, the rest of the Red Bull test schedule was a success as Max Verstappen declared the ride very smooth and balanced saying “The car runs smoothly, I balance happily.“.

Red Bull will be Bahrain for the second pre-season test and the Bahrain GP season starter and is expected to drive a completely different car with the flows resolved and Red Bull not considering the timing. slowest lap time they have compared to Mercedes as Max Verstappen said: “Bahrain will be completely different, so going into race one the car will also be completely different,“.

Red Bull and Max Verstappen will no doubt go all out to defend the World Title and will also hope to secure the constructors’ championship in 2022. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be a major constraint for them in their quest to win. chase the title as Mercedes has more incentive to win in 2022 after last year’s impressive finish.

Also read: Mercedes pre-season check: What we learn from George Russell and Lewis Hamilton’s first W13 run in Barcelona

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