Ricciardo posted his best time during the four-hour morning session just above the half-time mark and set a 1:32 time on hard C2 tires in his McLaren-Mercedes MCL35M

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen started the first official session of the 2021 F1 season at 10:00 a.m. local time on the Bahrain Grand Prix layout

The dusty and windy conditions resulted in several drivers locking their tires Red Bull’s Max Verstappen turned around as he got a grip on his redesigned Red Bull RB16B

Despite the harsh conditions, the morning session was relatively accident-free Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc caused the only red flag 10 minutes before the end and parked his new Ferrari SF21 after an obvious mechanical defect at Turn 4 in the first sector

Previously, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel had caused a yellow flag when he came to a standstill at the end of the pit lane in the second hour

Valtteri Bottas was on duty for Mercedes that morning, but had problems with a reported shift problem on his out lap with the W12

The Mercedes disappeared in the garage for a long time to do a gearbox change, but Bottas managed to get back on track 40 minutes before the four-hour morning

In the early stages, Leclerc was the first driver to achieve a reasonable time with 1: 37 minutes in 481s, soon defeated by former teammate Vettel 1m36367s in the Aston Martin AMR21 and then Raikkonen’s 1m34686 in the Alfa Romeo

Esteban Ocon and Verstappen from Alpine lowered the benchmark further until Ricciardo took the lead in the second hour with 1:32 537s on medium C3 tires

At halftime, AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly briefly led the charts with 1:32 minutes on525 on C2 tires, but Ricciardo immediately took first place back with 1:32 minutes, 203s only 0028s ahead of Gasly and 0042s clearly ahead of Verstappen p>

Ocon set the fourth fastest time for the renamed Alpine team, around seven tenths less than Ricciardo

Leclerc finished fifth for Ferrari a second behind Ricciardo, closely followed by Raikkonen in sixth and Vettel in seventh

Williams test driver Roy Nissany finished eighth in the Williams FW43B, while Mick Schumacher finished ninth after a disturbed morning with a late lap in the Haas

Haas had to park Schumacher to replace the Ferrari gearbox in the rear of the VF21, which limited the German rookie to just 15 laps

Bottas and Mercedes took 10 and last place 4647 behind Ricciardo, who was limited to just six laps after his early gearbox issue

Gasly was the most productive rider in the group and led the lap map with 74 tours

Testing will resume at 3:00 p.m. local time for another four hour session, although predicted sandstorms are expected to worsen conditions in the afternoon

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