(Zakhir) The Formula 1 team overcame their difficulties and it was almost normal for Mercedes on Saturday to see one of their drivers climb the standings after the second pre-season test day on the Bahrain circuit.
At the last moments of the Valteri Botas session the best time of the day, i.e. 1 min 30.289 s. He defeated Pierre Gasley in Alfatouri by 124,000 seconds.
After finishing fourth on Friday, the Quebec Lance Stroll over Aston Martin finished third with 171,000 seconds behind Botas on Saturday.
Not so lucrative today for other Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel. Gearbox problem The German, four-time Formula 1 world champion, was limited to six laps before returning to the garage.
Vettel was able to return to the circuit and complete four more laps, but he had to settle for 16.E Space, immediately behind Louis Hamilton. The latter ended in gravel, which led to a red flag and a short break in the morning session.
Despite realizing that the first half of the day had not given his teammate so much productivity, Stroll was satisfied with his afternoon track.
Overall a very positive afternoon after a difficult morning for Sebastian [Vettel] Some technical issues have limited the number of our laps.
“Track conditions are not so easy because it’s still very windy. But even then, it’s been nice to be back behind the wheel and get a good amount of laps. I’m satisfied. ”
For his part, Vettel was relieved that Stroll was able to produce enough laps to report relevant information about the car.
He thanked the mechanics for their effort to repair his gearbox, which allowed him to make a few more laps.
“It’s not so busy for me. I only have one day left to practice before I get back here for the race and I continue to learn about the car,” Vettel commented.
“Fortunately, things were much better this afternoon for Lance, which allowed us to gather important information. We want tomorrow to be a more normal day for us. ”
– With the Associated Press