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Drivers finally find some redemption at Bahrain tests Friday

Pérez chasing Alonso for the lead of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Pérez chasing Alonso for the lead of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Force India's Sergio Pérez clocked in at 1min 35.570sec off a marathon 108 laps during the 4-day testing session at he Sakhir circuit in preparation for the Bahrain Formula Grand Prix on April 6th.

Pérez, who was replaced by Kevin Magnussen after one season with McLaren signed to race for Force India during 2014 in a reported 15 million euro deal. He is the 5th Mexican driver to compete in Formula One, and the first since Héctor Rebaque competed between 1977 and 1981.

While Pérez topped the speed charts 2 days in a row, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was close behind at 1:35.634 off 122 laps. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (who finished 7th on Thursday) was third-fastest yesterday with a best time of 1:35.743 having completed 66 laps, almost twice as many as Thursday's problem-riddled session.

"We did some good stuff in the afternoon,” Ricciardo commented. “We had a go on the soft tire, which was nice, to see how the car responds with a bit more grip. We also did one long run at the end, which was very important, just to see how the car is behaving with the tires. A big improvement everywhere over yesterday and a much more optimistic outlook now I think.”

Sebastian Vettel is now set to take over Red Bull’s driving duties this weekend before the teams head for Australia and the March 16 Melbourne F1 season opener.