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Stroll: Vettel "very wise" with feedback about Aston F1 car

Lance Stroll says new Aston Martin Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel is “very wise” with his feedback after their first test session together in Bahrain last week.

2021 pre-season 'the best since Red Bull exists' - Marko

Red Bull has labelled last weekend's pre-season Formula 1 test as the best it has ever had, but it still thinks rival Mercedes has more "up its sleeve".

The trackside verdict on F1 2021 testing

There was a sense of urgency about Formula 1 pre-season testing, with teams permitted just three days of running to get acquainted with their 2021 cars. Away from confusing laptime data, the view from trackside tells a clear story

Mercedes: Data shows we’re not as quick as Red Bull

Mercedes says it has its "work cut out" for the new Formula 1 season after its testing data showed it is not as quick as Red Bull over race runs.

Vettel: Younger me would be panicking right now

Sebastian Vettel says a decade ago he would be in "panic" mode over the testing troubles his Aston Martin Formula 1 team have had, but instead insists he is calm.

Revealed: The secrets of Red Bull's RB16B F1 car

After weeks of secrecy the design tricks of Red Bull's new RB16B challenger are slowly being revealed during Formula 1 pre-season testing. Take a look at the latest discoveries in the Bahrain paddock.

The mysterious gun helping teams master F1’s 2021 tyres

Formula 1 teams have been spotted using an innovative Italian 'gun' in testing in what could be the latest move to get on top of the new 2021 tyres.

Raikkonen explains run-in with "pissed off" Sainz in Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen explained his run-in with "pissed off" Carlos Sainz at the end of Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, saying he had "zero idea" where the Ferrari was.

10 things we learned from F1 testing 2021

The condensed nature of F1's 2021 test schedule meant teams were under pressure to hit the ground running in Bahrain. While some delivered, others were left scratching their heads. Here are our key impressions.

The DRS trick behind Tsunoda’s standout Bahrain laptimes

Red Bull may have come away from Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain as the ‘winner’, but its sister team AlphaTauri also turned heads with its final day performance.

McLaren "surprised" F1 rivals didn't adopt diffuser trick

McLaren is surprised no other Formula 1 team adopted its clever diffuser design, but doesn’t think it will take long for rivals to copy it.

How Red Bull 'won' the F1 2021 winter testing war

With Formula 1 pre-season testing drawing to a close there is one clear winner in Red Bull, while title rivals Mercedes has plenty of work to do after a surprising few days. But after crunching the numbers, the full story is revealed...

Straightline speed no longer a "disadvantage" for Ferrari

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari's straight-line speed is "not any more a disadvantage" after giving its new Formula 1 power unit a first extended run-out in testing this week.

Bottas: Mercedes W12 F1 has ‘snappy and unforgiving’ rear end

Valtteri Bottas says the rear end of Mercedes’ new Formula 1 car for 2021 is proving to be “quite snappy and unforgiving” through pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Bahrain test: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the third day of pre-season testing in Bahrain courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Verstappen: No guarantees despite "best" Red Bull pre-season

Max Verstappen says the three days of Formula 1 winter testing in Bahrain have "definitely" been his best with Red Bull, but offer no guarantees for the new season.

Vettel lacking “100 laps” of Aston Martin test mileage

Sebastian Vettel feels he is lacking "100 laps" of mileage at the wheel of his Aston Martin Formula 1 car after the conclusion of the pre-season test in Bahrain.

Verstappen quickest as Bahrain F1 test ends

Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended the third and final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing on top, setting the fastest time of the Bahrain test on Sunday afternoon.

Alpine explains bulky airbox after "body shaming"

Alpine's executive director Marcin Budkowski has explained the team's decision for its bulky airbox on its 2021 Formula 1 car, saying he was "surprised by the amount of body shaming".

Verstappen: Red Bull not favourite despite Mercedes troubles

Max Verstappen is refusing to read into Mercedes' struggles through Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, saying Red Bull is not the favourite heading into the opening race.

Perez leads final morning of F1 test for Red Bull

Red Bull's Sergio Perez set the fastest time on the third and final morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, with most teams concentrating on longer runs.

Ferrari opts for radical F1 diffuser fin solution

The mounting interest around new floor solutions in Formula 1 has ramped up in Bahrain, with photos of Ferrari revealing a radical diffuser fin solution to help drive performance gains.

Raikkonen: Ferrari engine "better" compared to 2020

Kimi Raikkonen feels that Ferrari has made progress with its Formula 1 power unit over the winter, saying its engine is “in a better position” than it was in 2020.

F1 Bahrain 2021 pre-season testing - Day 3 as it happened

Live text commentary on the third day of 2021 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Hamilton: ‘No point getting worried’ over Mercedes mileage

Lewis Hamilton says there is “no point getting worried” over Mercedes’ mileage after suffering setbacks on the first two days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Revealed: McLaren’s clever trick to get around diffuser limits

Formula 1’s new aero rules aimed to cut downforce have been a big challenge for teams this winter as they have thrown everything at trying to recover the losses.

What we learned from F1's first full race simulations

The leaderboard at the end of F1's second day of pre-season testing had a familiar feel about it but, despite Mercedes topping the charts, it still has some catching up to do against teams that ran full race distances. Here's what the data shows...

Bottas puts Mercedes on top on Day 2 of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led the way on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, holding off AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly in a rapid afternoon session.

Mazepin explains how he ‘almost crashed’ following Giovinazzi

Nikita Mazepin says he “almost crashed” following Antonio Giovinazzi on-track on Saturday in Bahrain as he tested how much downforce is lost when driving behind other Formula 1 cars.

Ricciardo fastest on Saturday morning of F1 test, Hamilton spins

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has set the fastest time on the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes lost more precious mileage due to a spin.

F1 Bahrain 2021 pre-season testing - Day 2 as it happened

Live text commentary on the second day of 2021 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

How Red Bull seized control of F1 2021's testing narrative

Red Bull logged the most laps and topped the timesheets after the first day of Formula 1's Bahrain pre-season test as Mercedes had a disappointing start. Drawing early conclusions is always a dangerous game, but plenty of insight can still be gleaned...

Perez and Sainz accept Bahrain offer for COVID-19 vaccine

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz are the first Formula 1 drivers to reveal they have accepted Bahrain's offer to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mercedes trick floor revealed as Bahrain F1 testing starts

Mercedes has revealed the trick floor that it wanted to stay hidden from other teams before the start of Formula 1 testing.

"Very happy" Verstappen downplays Red Bull's pace

Max Verstappen was left feeling "very happy" with his start to Formula 1 pre-season testing after setting the pace for Red Bull on the opening day in Bahrain.

Vettel: More to come after "tricky" first F1 test day

Sebastian Vettel says he enjoyed his first morning test in Aston Martin's Formula 1 car but vowed there is "more to come" as tricky conditions in Bahrain made it difficult to acclimatise to his new car.

Mercedes "quite a way behind" F1 test programme after setbacks

Mercedes has revealed it is "quite a way behind" its Bahrain Formula 1 pre-season testing programme after suffering some setbacks through Friday's running.

Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover time after "not ideal" start

Valtteri Bottas is hopeful Mercedes will be able to recover the mileage lost on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing after suffering some setbacks in Bahrain.

Verstappen ends first day of F1 pre-season testing on top

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has topped the first day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Mercedes' 2021 campaign got off to a low-key start.

Mercedes: Early Bahrain gearbox issue ‘came out of nowhere’

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says the team’s early gearbox issue on the opening day of pre-season testing “came out of nowhere” and yet to be fully understood.

Ricciardo quickest as Mercedes, Ferrari hit trouble in F1 test

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the first test session of the 2021 Formula 1 season, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc caused a late red flag in Bahrain.

Aston Martin tweaks floor for Bahrain F1 testing

Aston Martin F1 has rolled out its 2021 challenger with a tweaked floor on the first day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Mercedes first to hit trouble in opening session of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes suffered an early setback in the opening session of the Bahrain Formula 1 pre-season test after being forced into a gearbox change in the first hour.

F1 Bahrain 2021 pre-season testing - Day 1 as it happened

Live text commentary on the first day of 2021 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

F1 testing 2021: Schedule and who's driving in the Bahrain test

Formula 1 teams will be on-track together the first time in 2021 this week with the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain. Find out which driver is testing when during the three-day test.

Haas finally fires up 2021 F1 car ahead of Bahrain testing

The Haas Formula 1 team has finally been able to fire-up the Ferrari engine in its new 2021 car on Wednesday, ahead of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

What to expect from 2021 F1 winter testing

Formula 1 pre-season testing is almost here and it will provide a short and sharp blast of action in Bahrain as preparation for the 2021 season. From closely-guarded car parts to new faces, names and looks, all will be revealed over three days. Here’s what to watch out for.