The world champion edged Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as most of the targeted performance on the pitch comes late in the final session.
Verstappen completed what was the second-fastest lap of the Bahrain test on the same set of tires he used in a spin out of the final corner.
Mick Schumacher made a late charge into second place overall, pushing Leclerc to third, during the two extra hours of running Haas had been allowed as part of his arrangement after missing Thursday morning’s session due to delays in freight.
Matt Kew and Luke Smith recount their car-spotting experience over the three days in Bahrain. They talk about how the Mercedes looked like it was struggling with handling, how Red Bull won a last-minute race for glory and how Ferrari wasn’t so quietly confident.
With the last day of pre-season testing over, is porpoising still relevant? What happened to the McLaren brake ducts? Why did Lewis Hamilton say Mercedes weren’t in contention for a win in Bahrain? And if Mercedes shows up next weekend and puts the cars fifth and sixth on the grid, would we be surprised? All of these questions are answered and more.
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