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The chequered flag has been waved - day one of testing is done!

One down, two to go.

Williams will take no further part in testing this afternoon.

Albon and Sargeant have only completed 61 laps, but the team are exploring a potential driveshaft issue.

Adrian Newey has been explaining the bold Red Bull concept for this season.

"It was clear to us that everyone else would copy our car from last year,” he said.

“If we had only relied on further development, we would have been vulnerable."

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Not long to go on day one of testing. Here’s some latest lap times for you...

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 1:31.662

2. Lando Norris (McLaren) + 0.822

3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) + 0.992

4. Daniel Ricciardo (RB) +1.284

5. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) + 1.412

6. Zhou Guanyu (Sauber) + 2.209

7. Logan Sargeant (Williams) + 2.220

8. George Russell (Mercedes) + 2.447

9. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) + 4.244

10. Pierre Gasly (Alpine) + 4.753

How it looks in Bahrain

Max Verstappen - 1/5

Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris - 12/1

Charles Leclerc - 16/1

George Russell, Sergio Perez - 25/1

Fernando Alonso, Oscar Piastri - 40/1

Carlos Sainz - 66/1

Daniel Ricciardo - 250/1

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Lando Norris has jumped Max Verstappen with a 1:32.484 to knock Red Bull off the top of the timesheet.

Carlos Sainz in third is kicking off a fresh run on the medium tyres, with a tenth-of-a-second deficit to the McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo, who has just gone fifth, and Nico Hulkenberg the only other drivers out on track as the sun sets on Bahrain.

The first of six sprint races takes place in Shanghai in April.

Last year’s format for the sprints broke up the regular grand prix weekend in an unpopular way so F1 has rejigged the setup for 2024.

That means Friday’s will hold free practice and sprint qualifying, before the Saturday sprint race takes place before race qualifying. The grand prix will then take place on the Sunday, as per normal.

Austin, Qatar, Austria, Brazil and Miami will also host a sprint race.

Lance Stroll was one of the later runners out but is making up for time, passing double digits on his lap count and ninth on the timesheet.

Carlos Sainz’s 29 laps is the most of the afternoon session to this point and he’s showing very decent pace, to boot.

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Max Verstappen still holds the fastest time of the day but he has new company on the testing podium.