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Bahrain pre-season test 2022

The tyre compounds drivers used to set their fastest times in Bahrain

Pirelli have shared some interesting data from the pre-season test in Bahrain, revealing which tyre compounds were used by each driver on their quickest laps.

Mick Schumacher
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Pirelli have revealed which tyre compound was used by each driver on their fastest lap of the 2022 pre-season test in Barcelona, and it shows some clear trends.

Max Verstappen set the quickest time throughout the three-day event, with a lap of 1:31.720 on the final day on Saturday This was set on the Soft C5 tyre.

Mick Schumacher was second in the rankings, having used the Soft (C4) compound to put in his fastest time of 1:32.241. It should be noted that this was set later on Saturday evening, as Haas were granted extra running time to compensate for what they were forced to miss on Thursday morning due to freight delays.

Next up is Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque also had the Soft (C4) tyre on his Ferrari when he set his quickest lap, a 1:32.415, on Saturday.

The majority of the fastest times occurred on Day 3 of the test, and most used the Soft compounds. Some exceptions were Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi, who all had the Medium (C3) tyre on for their quickest runs.

Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi - who was behind the wheel for the afternoon session on Day 1 - was the only driver not to be running the Softs or Mediums for his quickest lap. The Brazilian had the Pirelli prototype tyre on, which is a version of the Hard C2 compound.

The Bahrain test offered a final opportunity for the teams to gather data before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix takes place in just one week's time.

Tyre compounds used by drivers on their fastest lap in Bahrain

Driver Compound Best time Time of day Test day
Verstappen C5 1:31.720 18:51:51 3
Schumacher (C4) 1:32.241 20:20:44 3
Leclerc (C4) 1:32.415 17:24:11 3
Alonso (C4) 1:32.698 18:55:41 3
Russell C5 1:32.759 17:55:41 3
Bottas (C3) 1:32.985 18:17:53 3
Tsunoda C5 1:33.002 18:07:46 3
Perez (C4) 1:33.105 11:57:06 3
Norris (C3) 1:33.191 18:57:28 3
Magnussen (C4) 1:33.207 19:41:58 2
Sainz (C4) 1:33.532 16:46:22 2
Vettel (C4) 1:33.821 16:51:06 3
Gasly C5 1:33.902 18:34:08 1
Zhou (C4) 1:33.959 11:26:19 3
Stroll (C4) 1:34.064 16:30:34 2
Hamilton C5 1:34:141 18:13:48 2
Ocon (C4) 1:34.276 11:21:56 2
Albon (C4) 1:35.070 13:41:37 1
Latifi (C3) 1:35.634 10:58:53 3
Fittipaldi Proto 1:37.422 18:45:48 1

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