13 Mar 2021
2021 Bahrain Pre-Season Testing – Day Two
Drivers: Nicholas Latifi
Chassis / Engine: FW43B-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance
Location: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.412 km
Weather: Warm, sandy and dry
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: We had a busy day, completing 132laps without any major issues. The track changed throughout the day making comparisons difficult, but we were still able to complete some useful work. It was good for Nicholas to get a trouble-free day and to experience the car in a range of conditions and on a range of tyres.
It looks like the weather will be a bit different again tomorrow when George will be in the car to complete our pre-season testing. We still have a lot to do, but we are confident that we can have another productive today tomorrow and get ourselves into the best possible position for the first race.
Nicholas Latifi: It was great to get some proper running back behind the wheel. It was nice to push the car in the dry and knock the dust off from the winter. It was a tricky day with the wind, but it was good to get some running in these conditions as there was lots to learn. As is normal in pre-season testing, there were a few half-spins as I was pushing to see what the limits were. I think we can be happy with the number of laps we completed today, and we now have a lot of data to analyse to be as prepared as possible for the first race of the season.
The FW43B returns to the track tomorrow for the final day of testing in Bahrain with George Russell in the car.