While preseason testing is notoriously difficult to judge -- each team runs unique fuel loads, tires, engine modes and testing strategies -- this year's session provided the world with a few clear takeaways.
Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack would not rule out the possibility of Sebastian Vettel making a remarkable comeback to replace the injured Lance Stroll at the opening race of the Formula One season in Bahrain next week.
Sergio Perez put Red Bull comfortably clear at the top of the order to round off winter testing for F1's 2023 season and reinforce the feeling the world champions have a strong advantage going into the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5.
The Formula 1 season starts on March 5, and the McLaren race team isn't optimistic about where the new MCL60 car is headed. Practice runs in Sakhir, Bahrain, have been less than a full success, according to McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Thursday that the bouncing issues that plagued the team's race car last year have disappeared. "There's no bouncing, which is good news," Wolff said Thursday from Bahrain.
World champion Max Verstappen posted the fastest time Thursday on the first day of Formula 1 preseason testing in Bahrain. The Red Bull driver posted his fastest lap of 1:32.837, 0.029 seconds quicker than Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso, who posted 60 laps.
After fighting three times in four months on the European regional circuit at the end of 2022, Jorge Luiz Bueno Jr. was enjoying some time off during the Carnival Holiday in Rio de Janeiro when a phone call brought an abrupt change of focus.
Fan favourite Daniel Ricciardo is back after his exit from Mclaren-Mercedes. The Australian has joined his former team, Red Bull, as a third driver after he failed to secure a starting seat on the grid.
Sunday’s Formula 1 season finale at Abu Dhabi will be the final bow for Sebastian Vettel (barring a future guest appearance) and brings to an end the final chapter on one of the more colorful careers the sport has been privileged to witness.