The BWT Racing Point F1 Team’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll had an extremely strong Friday in Bahrain. In the opening practice, Sergio Perez was third fastest with a time of 01:30.000s.
In the second practice session the Mexican set a time of 01:29.403 fast enough fourth place and speaking following the action he said:
I’m happy with the pace today: it’s an encouraging start, but it’s very clear that the margins are extremely tight – one or two tenths could make a big difference on Saturday. We’ll see how that plays out tomorrow, but I think the most important factor this weekend will be the tyre management. That could make the difference in the really tight battle we’re in because it’s close between ourselves and our rivals. The red flag affected everyone’s long runs in FP2, but we were still able to learn a lot about the tyres. We will go away tonight and look into how we can improve further for tomorrow in qualifying and how the tyre wear can influence strategy in the race.”
In the opening practice, Lance Stroll was ninth place with a time of 01:30.426s and in second practice he was eighth with a time of 01:29.871s and speaking following the action he said:
“I think today was a good start to the weekend and I’m happy with how the car felt out there. We looked on the pace pretty quickly in FP1 and we were able to improve in the more representative FP2 in the night-time conditions. The running was a bit disrupted today, due to the red flag and the 2021 tyre programme, but we were still able to get a good day’s work done. That’s given us a few things to think about and review tonight to see if we can find further improvements before qualifying tomorrow. As expected, today’s running has shown that managing the tyre wear is going to be an important element of the race strategy, so that could make for an exciting race on Sunday.”