Confused Mercedes 'slower than Red Bull' - F1 testing's big lessons

F1 testing was shorter than ever in 2021, giving the teams just three days to get themselves ready for the new season. Things look good for Red Bull, but is Mercedes really on the back foot? Scott Mitchell looks at the fortunes of the two teams at the front of the grid, and picks out the other things we've learned from F1 pre-season in Bahrain
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  1. Thrownbear


    19 dagen geleden

    Mercedes is the reason why every vehicle on the road exists the always wineries on my book........go L.H

  2. Steve da Rednek1

    Steve da Rednek1

    24 dagen geleden

    Yeah? We have Lewis.

  3. nizam akhtar

    nizam akhtar

    27 dagen geleden

    Iam max fans but just dont give me hope. Anyways its race weekend

  4. 676 767

    676 767

    27 dagen geleden

    If red bull can win this year, I will literally die of excitement lmao

  5. Shah Alam

    Shah Alam

    28 dagen geleden

    Merc are playing mind games. Convince other teams their cars don't need further development.

  6. oscardriver


    28 dagen geleden

    I am 50/50 .. I think Merc was BS us all again.

  7. Бейсд Бой

    Бейсд Бой

    29 dagen geleden

    There should be a dedicated car that crashes out Mercedes every race just pick straws. Everyone will be happy

  8. Robert Kohnert

    Robert Kohnert

    29 dagen geleden

    I'm sure the Mercedes is actually only .1 secs faster than Williams.

  9. Chidiebere Ndukwu

    Chidiebere Ndukwu

    29 dagen geleden

    So much sand in my pants. Thanks Mercedes.

  10. rem kobayashi

    rem kobayashi

    Maand geleden

    I prefer MotoGP now than F1

  11. rem kobayashi

    rem kobayashi

    Maand geleden

    Isn't this likeevery yearthey have a problem... Come race day they will be 1&2 all over again it really sucks to watch when we already know who's gonna come 1&2

  12. Benevolent Protector

    Benevolent Protector

    Maand geleden

    If he can't fabricate some kind of controversy then he doesn't have a show does he?

  13. GOGOgomes


    Maand geleden

    2:36 if Bottas hopped for anything it was for Hammilton to retire.

  14. C C93

    C C93

    Maand geleden

    Verstappen is just frankly more gifted than Hamilton, who is a great driver, but who Russell proved is not as GOAT as he's made out to be. Level cars, level drivers, go Max.

  15. Gabriel Sterr

    Gabriel Sterr

    Maand geleden

    So you could say they are the underdogs? BUAHAHAHA *laughs in Toto*

  16. fastpace101


    Maand geleden


  17. Mich S

    Mich S

    Maand geleden

    or is it another sandbagging run by Mercedes again....

  18. OohDumm


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes is such a joke, they really believe anyone would believe their bullshit sandbagging lmfao

  19. EvolutionUk


    Maand geleden

    It’s pronounced Three not free

  20. donnel


    Maand geleden

    These at The Race are more of brazen racists putting up Hamilton and hairsplitting n' in what looks making him a long pursued scapegoat for everything. The idiots at The Race made it unreasonable and envious when they came out barking Russel for Hamilton replacement in their trash bag argument. Blowing things out of proportion is an idiocy; regardless of all coming results and performances Sir Luis Hamilton outshines all the rest and keeps on progressing proving you one barking donkeys.

  21. Mike Graham

    Mike Graham

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes was sandbagging, but was Aston Martin also sandbagging? I sure hope so...

  22. Raphael W

    Raphael W

    Maand geleden

    Wouldn't bet on all this hype about Redbull's 2021 supremacy only after pre-season testing ....making rounds on Motorsport news platforms. Not the first time Mercedes has "underperformed" during testing

  23. Ernesto Gasulla

    Ernesto Gasulla

    Maand geleden

    Lewis; "My tires are gone" Engineer; "No, that's the race script... here we just say we are confused".

  24. Colman Corkery

    Colman Corkery

    Maand geleden

    Pointless video. Mercedes 1/2 every race unless they trip over themselves.

  25. Russell Wilson

    Russell Wilson

    Maand geleden

    Its testing lol

  26. Hickaz


    Maand geleden

    Alpine not Alpeen

  27. joel erulu

    joel erulu

    Maand geleden

    The gaudy business connolly paste because cultivator allegedly jam following a unaccountable pie. learned, tall seaplane

  28. AbarthCorsa


    Maand geleden

    I love how so many people doubt Alonso because he was away from F1 even though that’s because he was winning LeMans and participating in Indycar, the Dakar Rally, etc...

  29. Elon Musk

    Elon Musk

    Maand geleden

    Lessons from this year's training sessions: Don't give a damn about this training sessions

  30. Brendon Noble

    Brendon Noble

    Maand geleden

    Honda look to have a much more powerful engine than the rest and the car looks more planted through the corners. I wonder if RB have found a way to blow the difuser agian.

  31. Newmaidumosa


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes trolling everyone again...

  32. Aldin Huseinbasic

    Aldin Huseinbasic

    Maand geleden

    Im waiting 2021.Merc needs to sack Valteri Donuts, and finaly bring the real Champ George Russel in.When that happens Lewis will not be Champion anymore

  33. Israel Suede

    Israel Suede

    Maand geleden

    Can anybody say, "sandbagging"...

  34. L Glossop

    L Glossop

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes dominance WILL come to an end one day. Lets hope its sooner than most think

  35. Liam Williams

    Liam Williams

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes don't use everything in testing come next week merc back on top as usual

  36. Renata Stec

    Renata Stec

    Maand geleden

    I'm really tired of Lewis' arrogance.

  37. 11RossLeronX


    Maand geleden

    i think its coincidence that they're Sandbaggin cuz this year is a Big Adjustment cuz of the New Regulations I BET that if there were no regulations changed, Mercedes will set top 1 in Testing already

  38. 11RossLeronX


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes is Definitely Sandbaggin, idk but i feel like the reason all this like W12 spinning out is part of their plan in Testing, theyre like Merc: Hmmm lets see, will the Car spin this adjustment? Later on *the car did spin* Also Merc: alright Not that one, Lets try another adjustment Cuz i think its coincidence that they're doing that cuz this year is a Big Adjustment cuz of the New Regulations I BET that if there were no regulations changed, Mercedes will set top 1 in Testing already

  39. Thijs


    Maand geleden

    On a Dutch interview, Verstappen said the car felt 'predictable'. Never heard him say something like that before. Can't wait for the season start!!

  40. cdrbmw


    Maand geleden

    One word. Sandbag. Mercedes test last year was also with a lot of fuel. I bet Merc. Will win the first race of 2021. Mark my words.

  41. Morten Sønberg

    Morten Sønberg

    Maand geleden

    sandbagging.. jeez

  42. kimnice


    Maand geleden

    If Mercedes can sort their engine cooling issue they'll be as superior as they have always been. They had about 50hp reserve that they didn't use during winter testing. Aston Martin had the same issues as Mercedes team.

  43. Calculus Metal

    Calculus Metal

    Maand geleden

    This will make Seb even balder 😜

  44. Ian Judd

    Ian Judd

    Maand geleden

    I think Ricardo beating Norris within a day or two means Norris long term future at McLaren is in doubt. He is a nice guy and very funny but F1 is a serious business and he isn’t quick enough if he can be beaten so easily and quickly by Ricardo. I predict no contract extension in the summer...

  45. Nowill


    Maand geleden

    Competitors being 2s+ slower per lap different doesn't make for interesting racing.

  46. Opinionated Dyslexic

    Opinionated Dyslexic

    Maand geleden

    I mean, we all know Mercedes are sandbagging But what if Redbull is sandbagging to the same extent? Food for thought.

  47. Michael Blackman

    Michael Blackman

    Maand geleden

    It’s good to see the lord of the eyebrows back in f1.

  48. Twin540i


    Maand geleden

    In 1991, Ferrari had shown in pre season testing to be fast. At the first race, Senna put his Mclaren MP4/6 on pole position by a margin of 1.1 seconds faster than said Ferrari. Ferrari never won a race that season. Testing means nothing in terms of points and championships.

  49. Just an average guy

    Just an average guy

    Maand geleden

    Let's assume that Mercedes and Red Bull are equal this year. If so, the question of who really is the better driver, Max or Lewis, will be answered. Personally I'm tipping Max but I've been wrong before.

  50. Jignesh Solanki

    Jignesh Solanki

    Maand geleden

    RedBull tops testing Toto and Mercedes at Bahrain Q3:- We can do that all day

  51. BlackJackRaiden


    Maand geleden

    I Just hope that maybe, just maybe Verstappen can snatch some wins from merc on slower curcuits with a lot of grip zones.

  52. Robbie NL

    Robbie NL

    Maand geleden

    Whoops.....too heavy sandbaggs 😎

  53. Hunter Macfarlane

    Hunter Macfarlane

    Maand geleden

    admiral ackbar

  54. Jacob S

    Jacob S

    Maand geleden

    If only Mercedes, the automotive brand was as collected as their F1 team...

  55. Darren Moyer

    Darren Moyer

    Maand geleden

    they just playin wit everyone

  56. !Alexwingo!


    Maand geleden

    I find it really annoying how everybody ignores the fact that the Mercedes were very unstable. Sandbagging does not lead to instability. Yes Mercedes might have some more pace still left, but it doesn’t change the fact that the cars were hard to drive. Simply saying Mercedes is sandbagging doesn’t look at all the facts.

  57. PlainBagel


    Maand geleden

    sooo 2020: ferrari engine problem, mercedes 2021: gearbox problem

  58. pottsman420


    Maand geleden

    “We overcame so much in preseason testing, it was so difficult and took everything we had. A big thank you to all the people back in the factory that helped me achieve this win.” -Lewis in two weeks......

  59. Alistair White

    Alistair White

    Maand geleden

    gotta love McLaren for coming up with the cheeky little inovations

  60. Alfred Harrington

    Alfred Harrington

    Maand geleden

    Formula dOne

  61. James Robert Coyle

    James Robert Coyle

    Maand geleden

    Yeah, yeah. Right, right. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge...

  62. tf89


    Maand geleden

    Only 10 days to wait now... It's been a while since I've been this excited about a new season, even if we all know who's going to win it.

  63. Nuno Rosa

    Nuno Rosa

    Maand geleden

    After extensive analysis... i think the problem is... Hamilton's hair.....

  64. Tomáš


    Maand geleden

    its just testing we will see in race

  65. Timothy Sullivan

    Timothy Sullivan

    Maand geleden

    Formula 1 management to Mercedes. Go slow make it look like the racing will be competitive we need money.

  66. aasm7


    Maand geleden


  67. Vern J

    Vern J

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes playing possum.

  68. pat newway

    pat newway

    Maand geleden

    yuki the rooky

  69. Alex C

    Alex C

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes rarely tests with less than 60kilos, that’s roughly 0.6s they give away

  70. Tops Miah

    Tops Miah

    Maand geleden

    Brilliant video. All is always revealed in Q2 and Q3 first race. Everything else before then even FP1 to FP3 take it with a pinch of salt. Come On can't wait :)

  71. Flanker 27

    Flanker 27

    Maand geleden

    We all know that the only reason for the FIA to move pre season testing to Bahrain is so that Mercedes could have enough sand for their pre season car setup. That's how pros do their sandbagging!

  72. Niick


    Maand geleden

    I think Mercedes will not be as dominant as previous years but i expect them to be the fastest team despite the poor winter test.

  73. jason mccarthy

    jason mccarthy

    Maand geleden

    Tactical Mercedes they will still have 1-2 in qualifying

  74. Nico Nesta

    Nico Nesta

    Maand geleden

    Same shit different season.

  75. Royck James

    Royck James

    Maand geleden

    Yes Vettel has a chance to win the world championship this season

  76. GameSpy DarkAge

    GameSpy DarkAge

    Maand geleden

    All that hair weighing him down 🤪

  77. vinay


    Maand geleden

    Fast forward to the race results :: Get in there...loois😂

  78. Tim c

    Tim c

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes are sandbagging as they always do.Wait until qualifying and see what I mean.

  79. Ayrton Mercado

    Ayrton Mercado

    Maand geleden

    I'm a Lewis/Merc fan and do believe they are in trouble. Merc will struggle in Bahrain, Macca looks great and could also give them a run for their money and don't discount Leclerc if this year's SF21 is half decent Bahrain podium prediction: MV, CL, SP

  80. J024


    Maand geleden

    Stop it, This is all an act Merc is putting up.

  81. Giuseppe G

    Giuseppe G

    Maand geleden

    I hope red bull wins the title .. Tired of seeing Mercedes taking it all every season

  82. Andrea Limoli

    Andrea Limoli

    Maand geleden

    The keyword is: Tactic

  83. Zack Stout

    Zack Stout

    Maand geleden

    So excited for this season

  84. Jon Thor

    Jon Thor

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes is always playing the victim

  85. Eric Payne

    Eric Payne

    Maand geleden

    Anyone who thinks this is any more than Mercedes sandbagging will be sorely disappointed.

  86. pacmanpakkas


    Maand geleden

    take away DAS and they cant drive anymore

  87. nelsond1498


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes have spent their two tokens on sandbagging psychology technology.

  88. Neale Killick

    Neale Killick

    Maand geleden

    How many times have we seen certain teams to perform well during pre-season testing but then get annihilated during the season?

  89. The real Sharps

    The real Sharps

    Maand geleden

    you think testing times mean anything... snigger... dear dear me. Ignore testing.

  90. the dude

    the dude

    Maand geleden

    George russell has the same color as Mercedes , are you impling he is the second Mercedes driver?

  91. Little Blue

    Little Blue

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes Team: Full Race Mode: Off Party Mode: Off Sandbag Mode: On

  92. Sezan Borshi

    Sezan Borshi

    Maand geleden

    I think Mercedez is going to show up with a version B of the car on the first race, that has all the problems solved. It's not like they haven't done that before

  93. Giorgos Miata

    Giorgos Miata

    Maand geleden

    At first race unfortunately mercedes wil be 1 sec faster than 2nd

  94. trevor poile

    trevor poile

    Maand geleden

    Go max go hammer them silver arrows

  95. John Kuhles

    John Kuhles

    Maand geleden

    Yuki Tsunoda & Sergio Pérezmay together be strategical crucial to help Verstappen against Mercedes!

  96. Jump Cut Films

    Jump Cut Films

    Maand geleden

    Believe in the power of the sandbag

  97. Aluminator82


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes shitting on the bulls first Race!

  98. Andrew


    Maand geleden

    Bye bye Lewis

  99. Jeff Forbess

    Jeff Forbess

    Maand geleden

    ...and Alonso wins the GP, on a bicycle, borrowed from a spectator, with a basket and a tinkly bell...

  100. Random Palmtop Gaming

    Random Palmtop Gaming

    Maand geleden

    all the dummies parroting mercedes will win it all again..sigh. in their minds, mercedes will win till the end of time just because they have in the past 7 years. idiotic.