The 2022 season of F1 is heating up as each day passes. The first pre-season testing in Barcelona is about to finish its third and final day before the teams head out to Bahrain from 10-12 March for another round of testing and then for the GP a week later.
Red Bull’s driver and F1 2021 world champion, Max Verstappen, drove Red Bull’s RB18 on the first day of Barcelona testing. The driver drove a total of 147 laps and clocked in the 9th best timing of the day. This performance worried some, but the team overcame the issues to make a strong comeback on the consequent days.
Max Verstappen, on day 3, at the time of this publication, with a time of 1:19.756 on the C3 compound, stood second, behind Mercedes’ George Russell‘s time of 1:19.233 on C5 compound. Overall, as per reports, Max has driven well enough to keep himself high on the third day.
Helmut Marko is happy with RB18 after Max Verstappen’s feedback
Helmut Marko, the Red Bull advisor, while speaking to Auto, Motor und Sport said, “We set our time on the C3 tires with a car that was certainly not the lightest. But Max said from the first lap that the car felt pretty good.”
This comes as good news for the driver and the team’s fans. Marko believes the team running into problems is not concerning or shocking. Max has also certainly pleased Marko with his feedback.
As the testing went underway on the first and second day in Barcelona, the cars experienced porpoising. It is seen as a sudden problem as they couldn’t train for it in the simulator and neither test in the tunnels.
Max Verstappen will be looking to put in as many laps as possible in the car before the season begins. The testing is key, and if the driver is happy and satisfied, it is a call for other teams to be alert.