Tests of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship, how did they go?

The 2024 Formula 1 World Championship winter testing was held in a single event in Sakhir, Bahrain, from 21 to 23 February. Here’s how they went and what were the results recorded on the track by the new single-seaters, presented just a few days ago.

Every year, the lead-up to a new Formula 1 season is marked by two fundamental stages: the presentations of the new single-seaters and the winter tests . In particular, the latter represent a sort of dress rehearsal for the Formula 1 World Championship , the only official opportunity for the ten teams to refine the feeling between car and drivers before the start of the season. It is normal, therefore, that the eyes of professionals and enthusiasts are focused precisely on the tests, which heat up the environment and increase curiosity for the start of the new championship.

The 2024 Formula 1 winter testing schedule

This year too, however, four-wheel fans, as already happened in 2023, had to settle for just one appointment for the Formula 1 winter tests, instead of the two scheduled for the 2022 season. The 2024 Formula 1 World Championship , in fact, is already upon us (it will start on March 2) and will be the longest in history. There was therefore little time to test the new single-seaters, given that the presentations ended in mid-February . For this reason, the only 2024 Formula 1 winter tests were held from 21 to 23 February in Bahrain , precisely on the Sakhir track, the same one that will host the first Grand Prix of the season.

What to give to a Formula 1 fan?

All test results from the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1 fans know this well: the results of winter tests should always be taken with a pinch of salt , because they can be misleading. In fact, there are many possibilities for teams to “bluff” to maintain an aura of mystery about their strengths and especially their weaknesses until the moment of the first Grand Prix. However, this does not mean that the tests cannot provide some useful information for imagining the Championship to come . From this point of view it is therefore legitimate to ask what the laps of the track done by the single-seaters in Bahrain revealed. The final time classification reveals a Ferrari capable of taking home the virtual front row: first Sainz , who stopped the clock of his fastest lap under a minute and a half (1’29”921), second Lecrerc , who stopped just above (1’30”322). Followed by Russell on Mercedes (1’30”368), Zhou on Sauber (1’30”647) and Perez and Verstappen on Red Bull (with 1’30”679 and 1’30”755 respectively). In the three days of Sakhir there were different simulations both on the “flying lap” and on the race pace. Only the start of the season will reveal who got close to 3-time World Champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

Formula 1 – Italian Grand Prix 2024


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