Follow live updates from Day Three of 2021 Testing

Follow all the very latest from Bahrain as all 10 teams complete their pre-season preparation ahead of the 2021 curtain-raiser in a couple of weeks. 

Day Three timesheet

Times to follow from 1000 local time

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Live updates (local time):

1015: Mick Schumacher (how good is it seeing MSC on the leaderboard, by the way?) is the new man in top spot. A 1:32.803 on the C3 tyres.

1005: Leclerc puts down an early 1:32.959 on the mediums which is pretty quick for this very early stage of the morning session. Only a couple of seconds off the outright fastest time so far, usually at this time we’re about five or six seconds off the pace.

1002: And all 10 cars are straight out on track. No extended coffee breaks this morning.

1000: We’ve got the green light. Let’s get cracking!

0955: Track conditions are pretty close to perfect as the teams put the finishing touches to their 2021 season preparations. It’s warm, there’s not a cloud in the sky and the wind has died down significantly compared to Friday and Saturday.

0950: And, for the last time (sobs), here is your driver line-ups for today. Only Alfa Romeo and Williams are not splitting their two drivers across the two sessions which runs from 1000-1400 and then 1500-1900 local time.

Mercedes: BOT/HAM
Red Bull: PER/VER
McLaren: NOR/RIC
Aston: STR/VET
Alpine: OCO/ALO
Ferrari: LEC/SAI
AlphaTauri: GAS/TSU
Alfa: RAI
Williams: RUS

0940: Day Two saw a Mercedes recovery take place with Valtteri Bottas going fastest and, more importantly at this stage, the lap tally increasing significantly following Friday’s slow start. Not everyone, though, is convinced about Mercedes…

0930: Good morning (or afternoon/evening depending on where you are reading from) and welcome back to the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. How time flies! Live track updates are on the way to you from 1000 local time.

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