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Bahrain testing recap, Day 3 (VIDEO)

Feb 21, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

Even though his car is still a work in progress, Lewis Hamilton tells NBC Sports’ Will Buxton he’s confident in his driving abilities heading into the Formula One season-opening race in Australia less than a month from now.

“I don’t need to change anything with my driving, which is cool,” Hamilton said.

During the third day of F1 testing Friday in Bahrain, Hamilton and his Mercedes clocked the fastest time of the day at 1:34.263. Hamilton completed 67 laps. Testing continues on Saturday.

Second fastest on the grid was Jenson Button in his McLaren. Button completed a whopping 103 laps, more than a full-race length, with a time of .7 of a second behind Hamilton at 1:34.976.

Meanwhile, Red Bull continues to struggle, off 6.5 seconds from the time neighborhood Hamilton and Button occupied. Times aren’t particularly important but still, that’s a big gap to claw back.

Check out Buxton’s video recap of all the day’s action above.  

  1. stateofthesport - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    Whatever happened to the day’s when Ferrari ruled the podium,it’s been a few year’s to say the least, when Schumacher was in his prime, and blew everything else away,,, guess Ferrari just can’t develop a car that can compete for the #1 spot anymore,, Bummer…

    • worknman24hours - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Schumy is a hell of a race car driver but in the days he dominated at Ferrari, he also had one of the very best teams Formula One has ever seen in the sport backing him up.

      And the consistency in effort all of them had in those years was incredible.

  2. worknman24hours - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Nice job, Will , with the report as always.

    On another aspect of Formula One, I am sick and tired of seeing Formula One race car drivers so emaciated to save weight for the engineers to place all over the car, the FIA needs to mandate a mandatory driver weight at the drivers sitting position in the car, set aside for all the drivers so the teams cannot touch that.

    For example, set aside a weight of three hundred pounds directly where the driver sits, at the drivers chest height where he is sitting.

    The driver only weighs 140 pounds then the rest is right where the driver is in ballast- at the driver’s chest height, while seated in the car.

    The idea that drives must starve themselves to help the teams win in Formula One is a fact that all Formula One engineers and the owners should be manifestly ashamed of.

    To watch drivers try to find their thoughts because they are simply to exhausted from not eating properly after being in the cars running their bodies practically on empty is appalling.

    It’s like running a concentration camp for Formula One drivers and is totally unacceptable and this has been going on for years and is simply getting worse.

    In this video, both Lewis and Jensen show signs of extremely low body fat to the point of starvation like Mark Webber had to endure in all the yeas he was at Red Bull.

    Drivers are human beings and should be allowed to have as much weight on them as the people who work around them.

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