John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
2 minute read
18 Mar 2021
7:57 am

Less is more for top dogs in Bahrain

John Floyd

Surprisingly, Mercedes recorded the lowest lap accrual during three-day testing.

Pre-season testing in Bahrain didn’t go too smoothly for Mercedes AMG. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.

The 2021 Formula One season is back on track after pre-season testing. Due to Covid-19, the usual venue, the Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya, was unable to host the event, so teams gathered at the Bahrain circuit. With testing now limited to just three days it was sure to create headaches for the teams. Any issues that sidelined the cars meant less time on track and too much time in the pit garage, while the clock relentlessly ticked away. I must mention the incredible reliability of the latest generation of cars, as demonstrated last weekend. There were few delays in...