FP2: Verstappen once more quickest in tightly matched discipline

By Steven De Groote on

Max Verstappen emerged quickest once more within the second observe session of the day in preparation for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The Dutchman narrowly topped Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton as groups revealed a bit extra of their tempo.

The session began in very tough circumstances with gusty winds inflicting a number of drivers to go off monitor or badly lock up their entrance wheels whereas braking. Particularly on the downhill Flip 10 there have been many errors all through, however principally within the first ten minutes of the session.

Other than some ruined tyres the place was no injury on any vehicles, aside from Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo Sauber C41. The Finn slid off the monitor after Flip 7 because of shedding rear grip. He hobbled via the gravel and finally misplaced his entrance wing as he hit the tyre boundaries. Raikkonen did handle to get again to the pits, the place a brand new nostril cone was fitted to get him out once more shortly.

Early session points had been principally forgotten when instances tumbled across the midway mark, with a number of drivers enhancing on the very best time, at that time Verstappen’s first lap within the session. However, the Dutchman joined that celebration and sorted issues right away with one other properly composed run, although with out a lot of a bonus over his rivals.

The same flurry of fast laps occurred on the very finish of the session, but it surely did not change a lot to the eventual standings the place Verstappen topped McLaren’s Lando Norris by lower than a tenth. Lewis Hamilton saved Mercedes considerably in entrance by going third quickest, however once more, it appeared just like the Mercedes is a way more tough to drive machine than the Purple Bull of McLaren.

Carlos Sainz was fourth quickest within the Ferrari, forward of Bottas, Ricciado, Tsunoda, Stroll, Gasly and Perez. These high 10 drivers all ranked up inside lower than 0.7s from the tempo setter, making for an attention-grabbing competitors that would nonetheless go in any path.

Esteban Ocon ended up in eleventh, adopted by Leclerc, Giovinazzi, Vettel and Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen in sixteenth is the primary driver greater than a full second behind Verstappen.

Closing the rankings right this moment had been Williams and Haas, with Russell main that pack, forward of Haas’s Schumacher, Latifiy and Mazepin who ended up twentieth.


Pos. No. Driver Automobile Time Hole Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen Purple Bull Racing Honda 1:30.847 23
2 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:30.942 +0.095s 25
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:31.082 +0.235s 24
4 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:31.127 +0.280s 26
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG 1:31.218 +0.371s 23
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:31.230 +0.383s 22
7 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:31.294 +0.447s 23
8 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1:31.393 +0.546s 24
9 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:31.483 +0.636s 27
10 11 Sergio Perez Purple Bull Racing Honda 1:31.503 +0.656s 23
11 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:31.601 +0.754s 24
12 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.612 +0.765s 26
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:31.740 +0.893s 27
14 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1:31.769 +0.922s 26
15 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:31.770 +0.923s 24
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:31.862 +1.015s 15
17 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:32.331 +1.484s 28
18 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:33.297 +2.450s 24
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:33.400 +2.553s 28
20 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1:33.449 +2.602s 19

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