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Bahrain Grand Prix: What happened in FP2

Mar 26 2021
By Lucy Morson

Max Verstappen topped the second Bahrain Grand Prix practice session for Red Bull with a time of 1m30.847s.


Key moments:

> 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.

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
2 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.942s +0.095s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.082s +0.235s
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m31.127s +0.28s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m31.218s +0.371s
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m31.23s +0.383s
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m31.294s +0.447s
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m31.393s +0.546s
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m31.483s +0.636s
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m31.503s +0.656s
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m31.601s +0.754s
12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m31.612s +0.765s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m31.74s +0.893s
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m31.769s +0.922s
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m31.77s +0.923s
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m31.862s +1.015s
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m32.331s +1.484s
18 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m33.297s +2.45s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m33.4s +2.553s
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m33.449s +2.602s

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