An exclamation mark at the end: World Champion Max Stapen has turned up on the last day of Formula 1 tests in Bahrain and laid the clearest time. The Red Bull Pilot Rounded out the desert course on Saturday in 1: 31.720 minutes and turned the fastest round of the three test days. Red Bull went to the start on Saturday with completely new side boxes, the result could be seen.

Mick Schumacher, however, was allowed to go to the route as the day before the next teammate Kevin Magnussen in the evening after completing the tests: The Haas Rennstall had lost the test time due to freight problems on Thursday. The route was also faster on Saturday night, and so the German turned in 1: 32.241 minutes even the second best round.

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One week before the start of the season, however, the direct comparison of stump lap time with the so far strong Ferraris offered: Charles Leclec was on Saturday until the official degree in second place with six ten-tin. The Monegasse had also raised the slightly harder tires.

The result nevertheless caused great confidence in Red Bull, especially since the team undertook his quick attempts with still well filled tank – in the qualifying trim, the time would have been significantly stronger.

George Russell in Mercedes had raised the softest tire mixture as stages and was fourth with a second behind. “We are currently like you do not see the fastest,” said record world champion Lewis Hamilton on Saturday afternoon, “Ferrari looks very good, maybe Red Bull.”

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Sebastian Vettel (1: 33.821) made it in the Aston Martin last day in ten.

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Basically, the times in the test drives are difficult to judge, both engine settings and tank filling can be very different from the teams. On Saturday also rather racing simulations were on the program as the hunt for fast rounds.