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Which teams completed the most laps on the first day of Bahrain testing?

While fast times make for good headlines, the main aim of pre-season testing is to get a solid understanding of a new F1 car. Which teams accumulated the most laps on the first day of testing in Bahrain?

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AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly was the quickest man on track during the opening day of testing in Bahrain, with the French driver clocking a 1:33.902 on the Soft C5 compound.

But it was Red Bull which logged the most miles during the day, despite Sergio Perez spinning off in the final minutes.

With sheer lap count being a primary goal of pre-season testing as teams strive for mileage to better understand their new cars, Mercedes also featured towards the top of the mileage charts.

Interestingly, Alfa Romeo started the Bahrain test strongly after struggling for reliability during the opening three days in Barcelona.

Haas, which missed the morning session as a logistics issue meant they didn't arrive at the Sakhir circuit on time, were, unsurprisingly, at the bottom of the pile as they logged just 47 laps with Pietro Fittipaldi during the afternoon.

McLaren also struggled to get the laps in after being one of the top performers in Barcelona. After spending large chunks of the day in the garage, Lando Norris could only put in 50 laps.

Bahrain F1 testing lap count by team (Day 1 - Thursday)

Team Laps
Red Bull 138
Mercedes 122
Alfa Romeo 120
Ferrari 116
Williams 104
AlphaTauri 103
Aston Martin 89
Alpine 66
McLaren 50
Haas 47

Perez the most productive driver

In terms of the individual lap charts, Perez led the way as he put in almost two full Grand Prix distances of the circuit.

Alex Albon also racked up the miles as he logged 104 laps for Williams, while pace-setter Gasly was up next with 103 laps in total. Most other teams split their running between their two drivers.

At the bottom of the table, Fernando Alonso did the least amount of mileage as he recorded just 24 laps during the afternoon after taking over from Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon in the morning.

Bahrain F1 testing lap count by driver (Day 1 - Thursday)

Driver Laps
Sergio Perez 138
Alexander Albon 104
Pierre Gasly 103
Valtteri Bottas 66
Charles Leclerc 64
Lewis Hamilton 62
George Russell 60
Guanyu Zhou 54
Carlos Sainz 52
Lance Stroll 50
Lando Norris 50
Pietro Fittipaldi 47
Esteban Ocon 42
Sebastian Vettel 39
Fernando Alonso 24

F1 2022 Bahrain pre-season test RN365 News dossier

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