Verstappen dominates in first F1 tests; slow start for Mercedes

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen topped the timesheets and had the most laps in Friday’s opener of Formula One pre-season testing while world champions Mercedes got off to a shaky start in Bahrain. Verstappen clocked 1 minutes 30.674 seconds on the Sakhir circuit and managed 139 laps overall during the eight hours to give his team vital data. McLaren’s Lando Norris was second for McLaren after his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had topped the morning session. Mercedes saw Valtteri Bottas complete only a handful of laps owing to a gearbox problem while seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton also didn’t …

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