F1 Testing results 2024 – Day 1 (Bahrain International Circuit)

Thomas Maher
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Bahrain testing.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen during Bahrain testing.

Here are the results from the opening day of F1 testing for the 2024 season, from the Bahrain International Circuit.

After a long winter with plenty of off-track intrigue, Formula 1 2024 roared back into life on Wednesday as the 10 teams headed to the Bahrain International Circuit to kick off three days of pre-season testing.

Every team is permitted to run one car on track, with driving duties set to be split between the two racing drivers over the three days.

F1 Testing Results – Bahrain (Day 1)

At 10am local time in Bahrain, most of the 10 cars queued up at the end of the pitlane to head out on track and kick start their testing programme.

It was a routine morning of running, with no major breakdowns or incidents until Alex Albon was forced to end his morning session slightly early due to a reliability problem.

After an untidy start with the RB20, Max Verstappen topped the morning times for the day so far with a 1:32.548 – the windy conditions around the circuit revealed a tricky handling car for the Dutch driver to tame.

Behind Verstappen, Charles Leclerc was second with a seven-tenths gap to the Red Bull, while Fernando Alonso was third for Aston Martin.

Oscar Piastri was fourth for McLaren, ahead of the impressive Yuki Tsunoda as the VCARB01 proved quick straight out of the box in the early stages of the morning.

With most of the teams clocking up the laps through the morning, a notable absentee for large chunks of the session was Mercedes’ George Russell. With just 19 laps done after the first three hours, Russell doubled his lap count and then some over the final hour before the lunch break.

For the afternoon, there were plenty of driver changes with eight of the 10 teams swapping over to their other drivers – the only names left to take in their first laps of pre-season are Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton.

With just under 90 minutes to go on day one, Verstappen smashed the best time of the day as he logged a 1:31.662 to go eight-tenths clear of Norris, before knocking even more time off to go over a second clear come the end of the day.

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F1 Testing 2024: Day 1 results

[All quickest times set on C3 tyres unless stated]

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:31.344 143 laps
2 Lando NORRIS McLaren +1.140 73 laps
3 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +1.240 69 laps
4 Daniel RICCIARDO RB +1.255 52 laps
5 Pierre GASLY Alpine +1.461 61 laps
6 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +1.663 54 laps
7 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.903 64 laps
8 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +2.041 77 laps
9 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +2.314 57 laps
10 Guanyu ZHOU Kick Sauber +2.527 63 laps
11 Logan SARGEANT Williams +2.538 21 laps
12 George RUSSELL Mercedes +2.765 122 laps
13 Yuki TSUNODA RB +2.792 64 laps
14 Valtteri BOTTAS Kick Sauber +3.087 68 laps
15 Alexander ALBON Williams +3.243 40 laps [C4 tyres]
16 Esteban OCON Alpine +3.333 60 laps [C1 tyres]
17 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas +4.348 66 laps
18 Nico HULKENBERG Haas +4.562 82 laps

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