Formula 1 testing is over and the teams have packed up and left the Bahrain International Circuit, having completed their final preparations ahead of the opening race of the 2023 season. This year’s testing saw some surprising results and some teams’ impressive performances, leaving fans wondering about the potential outcomes of the upcoming races. Here’s a look at the standout performances from the 2023 Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Testing Laps Completed

Testing laps completed by each team is a good metric to gauge the reliability of the cars, and all teams performed impressively in this aspect. AlphaTauri, however, stands out as the team with the most laps completed, averaging 152 laps per day, which is incredibly impressive. Fernando Alonso completed the most laps of any driver, with 270 laps, although he had an extra half-day of testing compared to everyone else. Lando Norris had the lowest lap count amongst full-time drivers with 141 laps.

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Fastest Lap in Testing by Driver

Although the final testing day saw softer tires on the cars, it was challenging to predict the competitive order based on lap times. The times were pretty close, but it’s difficult to read too much into the results. Sergio Perez topped the charts with a lap time of 1:30.305 on Day 3, followed by Lewis Hamilton with 1:30.664 and Valtteri Bottas with 1:30.827.

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Formula 1 Testing Lap Time Improvement, 2022 vs. 2023

Seven teams, excluding McLaren, Ferrari, and Alpine, beat their qualifying times from last year during the testing. Although testing lap times aren’t fully representative of overall pace, the improvement in lap time from last season to this is quite stark for some teams. Williams had the most significant improvement with -2.378s, followed by Aston Martin with -2.371s, and Alfa Romeo with -2.158s. On the other hand, Alpine had a +0.064s increase in lap time compared to last year.

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Number of laps completed by each team during testing

RankTeamLaps Completed
5Red Bull413
6Alfa Romeo401
8Aston Martin387

Fastest lap times achieved by each driver during testing

1Sergio PerezRed Bull1:30.3053
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.6643
3Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:30.8273
4Charles LeclercFerrari1:31.0243
5Carlos SainzFerrari1:31.0363
6Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:31.2613
7Kevin MagnussenHaas1:31.3813
8George RussellMercedes1:31.4423
9Fernando AlonsoAston Martin1:31.4503
10Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:31.6102
11Max VerstappenRed Bull1:31.6502
12Felipe DrugovichAston Martin1:32.0753
13Lando NorrisMcLaren1:32.1653
14Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri1:32.2222
15Nico HulkenbergHaas1:32.4662
16Logan SargeantWilliams1:32.5492
17Pierre GaslyAlpine1:32.7623
18Alex AlbonWilliams1:32.7933
19Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:33.1752
20Esteban OconAlpine1:33.2573

Improvement in testing lap times from 2022 to 2023

TeamTime delta (s)
Aston Martin-2.371s
Alfa Romeo-2.158s
Red Bull-1.415s


Red Bull is a favorite, with Max Verstappen looking bullish after a successful Bahrain testing, stating that their goal is to win. Mercedes also looks promising after making overnight tweaks on the W14, making them a much better place on the final test day.

In conclusion, the pre-season testing has raised many exciting prospects, and the season ahead looks promising. The teams have had ample time to test their cars, and the drivers have had a chance to acclimatize to the track. Fans are eagerly waiting for the opening race of the 2023 season, and we can’t wait to see the teams and drivers in action.

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