Pre-season testing Day 3 review: Red Bull leads again on the final day

The first race of the season will take place on the same race track in Bahrain two weeks from now

By Yuri Coghe
@yuricoghe
Max Verstappen set the best lap overall time in the three days of pre-season testing on Sunday (Photo: F1/Twitter)

Max Verstappen started and finished on top.

The Dutch driver, who led the first day of the 2021 F1 pre-season testing on Friday, set the 1:28.960 lap time on Sunday. It served as the best overall time in the three days and as another sign Red Bull is looking competitive for the season.

Teammate Sergio Pérez led the morning session, enough to finish eight on the final Sunday classification.

Red Bull-owned team AlphaTauri finished second with rookie Yuki Tsunoda setting a lap time 0.093 slower than Verstappen.

A late close call by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen, who finished third and fourth, became one of the biggest topics of discussion of the day.

Lewis Hamilton followed, in fifth. George Russell, sixth, ran 157 laps with Williams, adding to the 132 Canadian Nicholas Latifi completed on Saturday. The numbers are a big statement of car reliability for the British team.

Aston Martin, who suffered from gearbox issues on Saturday, had a final day free of problems as Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll completed 136 laps altogether. The duo, however, stuck to race simulations, finishing 17th and 18th.

The first race of the season will take place on the same race track in Bahrain two weeks from now

Check the full results of the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain below:

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