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F1 2023 Bahrain Test – Day 1 (Thursday) Lap Times

Pos  Driver  Nat. Team  Time Laps
1 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m33.253s  30
2 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m33.593s 31
3 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m33.671s 25
4 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m33.723s 21
5 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m34.787s 26
6 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m34.822s 27
7 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m36.776s  21
8 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri  1m37.100s 18
9 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m37.502s 15
10 Felipe Drugovich BRA Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 1m37.719s  7

2022 F1 Bahrain Pre-Season Test:
Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m31.720s 

Official Bahrain F1 records:
Best lap:
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m27.866s (2019, Q3)
Fastest race lap:
Pedro de la Rosa McLaren 1m31.447s (2005) 

Three days of pre-season testing is taking place in Bahrain ahead of the 2023 F1 campaign. 

It marks an opportunity for the teams to run their new cars in anger for the first time as well as the first collective running of the year. 

The three days will be key for teams to get a proper understanding of their new challengers and iron out any issues in time for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5. 

It will also give several drivers the chance to get up to speed with their new teams. 

Fernando Alonso has joined Aston Martin, with Pierre Gasly replacing the Spaniard at Alpine. Nico Hulkenberg has returned to the F1 grid with Haas, while Oscar Piastri and Nyck de Vries will complete 2023’s ‘rookie’ contingent at McLaren and AlphaTauri. 

Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich will replace the injured Lance Stroll after the Canadian was ruled out of testing following a “minor” cycling accident. 

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen heads into 2023 aiming to make it three world championship triumphs in a row.

Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will be looking to stop Verstappen, while Lewis Hamilton and George Russell hope Mercedes’ modified W14 can power them back into F1 title contention. 

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