Max Verstappen topped the second Bahrain Grand Prix practice session for Red Bull with a time of 1m30.847s.
> Verstappen faster than Norris by 0.095s
> Hamilton third overall for Mercedes
> Busy session as teams and drivers settle into the new 60 minute format
> Raikkonen has an off at Turn 2, damaging his front wing and causing brief yellow flag
> AlphaTauri’s session draws to a premature close in the final five minutes due to a systems error
Lando Norris was second for McLaren, having spent most of the session at the sharp end of the timing screen.
Lewis Hamilton ended the session in third in the best of the Mercedes.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was the first driver to hit the track at the top of the hour, while Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi was the first driver to top the timesheets with a laptime of 1m32.45s.
Giovinazzi was almost immediately deposed by AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda, then a yellow flag was thrown briefly for Kimi Raikkonen’s trip into the gravel and barrier at Turn 2. Raikkonen finished the session in 16th.
Our first casualty of the barriers in 2021 🤕
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 26, 2021
Tsunoda’s session came to an early end five minutes before the flag when AlphaTauri suffered a systems issue. He was sitting seventh on the board, with team-mate Pierre Gasly in ninth.
Carlos Sainz Jr was the best of the two Ferrari drivers in fourth, while Charles Leclerc was 12th.
Practice 2 Results
|Pos||Name||Car||Best Time||Gap Leader|
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1m30.847s|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m31.127s||+0.28s|
|8||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m31.393s||+0.546s|
|10||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||1m31.503s||+0.656s|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m31.74s||+0.893s|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m31.769s||+0.922s|
|16||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m31.862s||+1.015s|