Perez Sets Pace In F-1 Drills

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

Force India driver Sergio Perez led the first two days of the Formula One test session at Bahrain Int’l Circuit on Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, Perez set his timesheet-topping lap during a short run in the morning session. The Mexican went on to complete more than 100 laps for the second consecutive day, bringing his winter test program to a successful close.

“It feels very good to have another full day and to do so many laps,” said Perez. “It’s my last time in the car until we arrive in Melbourne and I’m feeling positive about how things are going.

“The set-up work today was very useful because we tried some different things to have a better direction for the first race. Everything went to plan and we managed to complete all the long runs in the afternoon.”

Fernando Alonso was another to show good pace on his penultimate day of running before Melbourne. The Ferrari driver, who conducted a comparison of aerodynamic parts in the morning before moving on to a race simulation in the afternoon, clocked 122 laps and a best lap that was only 0.064 seconds slower than Perez’s.

“Six hundred kilometers are always welcome, but it’s still too early to say we are a hundred percent ready for Melbourne,” explained the Spaniard. “We still have a lot to learn, but I am happy with the way the day went.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third on the time sheets with Felipe Massa fourth for Williams and Jenson Button fifth for McLaren.

Only one driver from each team participated in the test.