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Charles Leclerc je postavil najhitrejši čas zadnjega testnega dne v Bahrajnu. Drugi je bil dirkač Mercedesa George Russell, ki je svoj najboljši čas postavil v zaključku dneva tretji pa Zhou Guanyu. Zadnji testni dan je bil sicer dopoldne ponovno prekinjen zaradi težav z odtočnimi jaški. Za odpravo vseh težav so delavci potrebovali dobro uro zaradi česar je bil tokrat odpovedan odmor za kosilo po katerem običajno v dirkalnik sede drugi dirkač v moštvu. Max Verstappen, ki je popoldne v dirkalniku Red Bulla zamenjal Pereza je postavil četrti čas. Ob tem je potrebno dodati, da je aktualni svetovni prvak svoj najboljši čas postavil na trši, C3 zmesi od najhitrejše trojke. C3 zmes, ki je na stezi Sakhir okrog 0.6 sekunde počasnejša od C4, bo najmehkejša med dirkaškim vikendom za VN Bah
Potem ko je aktualni svetovni prvak Max Verstappen z Red Bullovim dirkalnikom RB20 dobil prvi dan zimskih testiranj formule ena v Bahrajnu z več kot sekundo hitrejšim krogom od vseh ostalih, se je drugi dan na vrh zavihtel Carlos Sainz s Ferrarijem SF24, ki je bil 0.758 sekunde hitrejši od Sergia Pereza, ki je prevzel testne dolžnosti. Sainz je s bil časom 1:29.921 hitrejši od Verstappnovega časa 1:31.344, vendar je pri tem uporabil mehkejšo, C4 zmes gum, medtem ko je Nizozemec najhitrejši čas uvednega dne postavil na rumeni C3 različici, ki bo najmehkejša zmes na voljo na VN Bahrajna, prihodnji konec tedna, Sainz pa je bil ob koncu prvega dne z enako gumo 1.240 sekunde počasnejši od Verstappna, čeprav je postavil tretji najboljši čas. Desetinko hitrejši je bil Lando Norris (McLaren
After a season and a half of failures with the concept of a racing car without sides, Mercedes just abandoned it and took a more conventional approach. But the so-called zero-pod is returning to the track this year, only on the Red Bull Racing team. But the question is whether Adrian Newey has found room for improvement in the "Mercedes" concept, or whether the change will throw the team from Milton Keynes off the top. You could say that if something works, don't fix it, but Newey didn't take that into account when designing the RB20, because it's long been said that in F1 you have to constantly run with changes, otherwise you fall behind. Newey has shown in the past that he is not infallible despite winning many race cars (McLaren MP4-18), but will the RB20 push the boundaries, or will it be the car that defeats the seemingly unbeatable team
In the Red Bull Racing team, according to some information, they are already preparing an even more radical side design of the racing car, which will imitate Mercedes' unsuccessful "zeropod" side concept. The RB20 racing car should get new pages already in the first package of updates, which will be installed on the racing car at the race for the Japanese Grand Prix, where the cooling of the racing car will not be as demanding as in winter testing and the first races in Bahrain, Australia and Saudi Arabia. At Mercedes, the concept of a racing car without sides, which they used in 2022, was discarded with the race for the 2023 Monaco GP and they started using more conventional, "Red Bull" sides.
Ahead of the start of the 2024 season, Sergio Perez is confident this will be his best season with Red Bull Racing as he tries to overtake team-mate three-time world champion Max Verstappen. The Mexican will start his fourth season with Red Bull this year, but since his contract expires at the end of the season, he will be even more motivated to convince his employers to renew with results. Perez started last season with wins in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan before completely losing touch with Verstappen, who recorded a record nineteen wins and ended the season 290 points behind the Dutchman. "Everyone is aware of the challenge that awaits me this year," said the 34-year-old Perez. "Max is a racer that you can only beat if you give your all, so this is a big challenge for me, which I also
After Lewis Hamilton shook up the racing market with the announcement of his transfer to Ferrari, there is a lot going on in this area. There is a lot of information and possible combinations coming from all sides, as it is still not clear who will land where Carlos Sainz will make room for Hamilton, nor who will take Hamilton's place at Mercedes. According to the latest rumours, or "information from sources in the teams", Alex Albon is said to have been offered a three-year contract by the Red Bull team. At least that's according to Peter Windsor, who claims the transfer is "90% agreed". There is also talk of an even more sensational transfer. According to some information, Max Verstappen is supposed to leave Red Bull Racing and join the Mercedes team, although he has a contract with the team until the end of the 2028 season.
Lewis Hamilton's sudden decision to leave the Mercedes team at the end of this season came at a rather inauspicious moment for the German team, as the Briton announced his departure just days after Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc signed new contracts with their teams, which would certainly be a tempting candidate for the vacant seat. Toto Wolff is thus faced with a difficult task, as there is little time to choose a replacement, and there are also fewer candidates. "We have a good foundation, a fast and talented, smart driver in George Russell, now we just have to choose the right driver for the second seat," said Wolff, who revealed that they would not rush the choice, but admitted that Norris and Leclerc would be it would be interesting for him in this situation if she did not sign the contracts and hinted that the example of Lewis shows
Lewis Hamilton surprised his current boss and co-owner of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff, with the decision to move to Ferrari just hours before breaking the news to the media. According to The Telegraph, the Briton activated one of the exit clauses in the contract with Mercedes, which he concluded in August last year and was supposed to last until the end of 2025. The German team was not ready to give the seven-time world champion a contract that would last longer than two years, Ferrari but now he has promised the 39-year-old racer a multi-year contract that guarantees him a seat at least until the end of the 2026 season. At the same time, he should earn around 60 million euros per season, close to the amount that three-time world champion Max Verstappen earns per year.
Lando Norris has signed a contract extension with the McLaren team, with which he will stay in Woking at least until the end of 2027. The services of the Briton were increasingly interested in Red Bull, but he is also said to be on the wish list of the upcoming German Audi team, which is why they are in Woking reacted and offered the 24-year-old a contract extension. McLaren will now be able to calmly focus on other details, as with Norris and Oscar Piastri they have the racing line-up settled until the end of 2026.