In seven days we will be at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship. In this three days of collective tests in Sakhir, we were able to see some doubts being clarified and others born, with the teams that have wisely wanted playing hide and seek until the checkered flag on Saturday evening.
At the center of the viewfinder as a virtual favorite is the Red Bull RB18 of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The advanced aerodynamic package introduced on the last useful day was endorsed by both pilots, with the Dutchman delivering a solid race pace and excellent single lap performance.
Ferrari, however, does not stand by: if it is true that the F1-75 seems to pay something on the flying lap – but the superfast engine was not squeezed, on the contrary … – it is equally true that it turned out to be a balanced and reliable car, as clearly evidenced in both Bahrain and Barcelona.
Mercedes, on the other hand, represents an unknown factor at the moment. Brackley’s team wowed with the new aerodynamic package featuring tapered bellies, but finding the best balance of the W13 seems a far from easy feat, as evidenced by the manual labor of last-hour cutters and hammers. of collective tests.
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