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F1 pre-season testing begins and Red Bull secrets revealed - RacingNews365 Review

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Pre-season testing from Bahrain got underway, with Max Verstappen ending the opening day of running on top of the time sheets.

The Dutchman set a 1:31.344 to beat Lando Norris to the head of the standings by over one second.

READ: F1 2024 pre-season testing: Day 1 results

The trick Red Bull's 'vertical sidepods' were hiding

As the 2024 cars emerged on track in Sakhir, most of the focus was on the secrets of the Red Bull RB20.

Adrian Newey's latest design certainly caught the attention of those present in the Bahrain pit-lane, and an answer to the question of the sidepod inlets was finally discovered.

READ MORE: The trick Red Bull's 'vertical sidepods' were hiding

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Ex-Ferrari F1 boss Binotto secures new job

Ex-Ferrari Formula 1 Team Principal Mattia Binotto has secured a new role as the Managing Director of TEXA's E-Powertrain division.

Binotto's role will see him head the E-Powertrain project and establish it as a “reference point for the design, manufacture and supply of automotive components related to electric vehicles”.

READ MORE: Ex-Ferrari F1 boss Binotto secures new job

Why Mercedes is convinced its 'illegal front wing' is fair

Toto Wolff is adamant Mercedes' new W15 front wing design is legal after consultation with the FIA, but Formula 1's technical chief is not so sure.

Mercedes has come up with an interesting front-wing solution for its car where the upper flap has been thinned and is connected to the nose by a thin strip of carbon.

READ MORE: Why Mercedes is convinced its 'illegal front wing' is fair

Formula E CEO to donate $250k to charity if Verstappen is defeated

Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds has promised to donate $250,000 to a charity chosen by whichever driver beats Verstappen to the championship this year, if anyone can, that is!

“If any one of the other 19 drivers win it, we’ll give a quarter of a million dollars to the charity of choice of the driver that does win it," Dodds said.

READ MORE: Formula E CEO to donate $250k to charity if Verstappen is defeated

Russell pleased Mercedes has ‘good foundation’ with W15 car

George Russell was left pleased following his first experience with the W15 car in Bahrain, asserting it's a “good foundation” for the year ahead.

Russell set 121 laps during the day and was one of only two drivers (along with Max Verstappen) not to hand the car over to his teammate for the afternoon session.

READ MORE: Russell pleased Mercedes has ‘good foundation’ with W15 car

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