2021 F1 Testing: Here’s When Max Verstappen Tests the Red Bull RB16B in Bahrain

Published 03/11/2021, 7:15 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Red Bull launched their 2021 car last month as they prepare to take on Mercedes this season. The team will have a run with the new car next Friday as Formula 1 gets ready for the pre-season testing in Bahrain.

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When the pre-season testing gets underway next week, Red Bull will get their first extended run out with Max Verstappen in the cockpit. Meanwhile, a report tells us what the pre-season testing weekend looks like for the Milton Keynes team.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“The Dutchman will drive for the whole of the first day before handing over to Sergio Perez on Saturday. The pair will then share driving duties on the final day of the three-day test at the Bahrain International Circuit,” stated the report.

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F1 changed the pre-season testing format this year to save costs. The format has been minimized from an eight-day saga to a three-day weekend.

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Red Bull to take on Mercedes this season

Mercedes have dominated the hybrid era and finished the last season in P1 position by a huge margin of 254 points. Red Bull will want to change that and in that pursuit, have signed Sergio Perez for this season.

“It [Red Bull] often had only one car in the mix with Albon often fighting in the midfield. The signing of Perez should allow Red Bull to have a two-pronged attack against Mercedes as it looks to win its first drivers’ and constructors’ championships since 2013,” said the report.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 10: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point walks out for the driver’s autograph signing session during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

This season is also the last for Honda in Formula 1. However, Red Bull will continue to run Honda’s power unit as the grid agreed to an engine development freeze. They will want to make the most of their time with Honda.

The Milton Keynes team will run on both legs this season as Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will take the fight to the current champions, Mercedes. The pre-season testing will be essential to collect some data and assess the car before the season kicks off in Bahrain on March 28, 2021.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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