Max Verstappen edged out Mick Schumacher for fastest time in a rain affected Bahrain in-season F1 test.
Verstappen from Schumacher... damn, that brings back some memories. Not Jos vs Michael this time, but their offspring had a moment in the sunshine (and rain) today in Bahrain, with Max taking a late charge to fastest overall from the opening day of a two day test, toppling what would have been a perfect Formula One debut for 20-year-old Formula Two driver Mick Schumacher.
Surprisingly the weather in Bahrain would cause quite some delays during the track action today, with two separate sprinklings of rain causing up to four hours of track action delays for the teams present for the first in-season test of the season. Unsurprisingly, no one thought to bring wet or intermediate tyres to a venue usually hot and dry, so the unseasonable wet conditions would play havoc with the running programmes of each driver out on circuit.
Despite the delays, it would be a productive day for many of the attendees, with plenty of running undertaken by the drivers despite the unusual weather induced interruptions on track. As well as taking fastest time, Verstappen would also be one of the most productive runners today, managing a very respectable 62 laps in his Red Bull Honda, eclipsed only by Albon, Hamilton and Formula One returnee Fernando Alonso - the Spanish ace racking up plenty of mileage as he and McLaren conducted 2020 tyre testing duties for Pirelli.
Despite a busy day on track, undoubtedly the Ferrari of Mick Schumacher would steal the headlines across the globe. The Ferrari young driver making a first step into Formula One life with the Prancing Horse, and by all accounts acquitting himself well with his new steed, as the second generation Schumacher drove faultlessly and quick on his first outing in modern Formula One machinery.
Schumacher will be in action again tomorrow too, swapping Ferrari red for Alfa Romeo.. errr, red, as he enjoys more seat time with a 2019 specification Grand Prix car.
F1 testing continues for the second and final day on Wednesday, 3rd April
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