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Flying Dutchman Verstappen fastest in testing, Mercedes have work to do

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sets the pace at Formula One testing in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton off to a slow start

Alan Baldwin

Formula One teams wrapped up three days of preseason testing in Bahrain on Sunday, with Max Verstappen fastest for Red Bull and AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda close behind in a one-two for Honda-powered cars.

Mercedes and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, recognised they had plenty of work to do before the season starts at the same Sakhir circuit on March 28.

Mexican Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s new teammate, had been top of the morning session with a best lap of one minute 30.187 seconds on soft tyres. Verstappen took over after lunch and produced a best time of 1:28.960. It was the second time he had topped the end of day time sheets after setting the pace on Friday...

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