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Hamilton Tops Second Free Practice As Albon Crashes at the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the time charts at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir, Bahrain in the second free practice session (FP2).

Max Verstappen was in second position, 0.347 seconds behind. Valtteri Bottas was 0.365 seconds behind in third position.

The fifteenth race of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship will take place under floodlights and will be the first of two races at this venue.

The ninety-minute long free practice session started under cool conditions in the desert with the air temperature at 25 degrees C and the track temperature at 26 degrees C.

The Pirelli tyre choice for this race is the white-striped hard compound tyres (C2), yellow-striped medium compound tyres (C3), and red-striped soft compound tyres (C4). In the first thirty minutes of the session, the drivers were on the 2021 developmental tyres helping Pirelli collecting data.

Carlos Sainz set the initial pace with a timed lap time of 1m30.989s with Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon behind him on the time charts.

With an hour to go, the drivers bolted on the 2020 medium compound tyres (C3) and Verstappen went to the top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m29.318s. The lap was 1.610 seconds faster than the previous fastest lap.

Albon took second position, 0.696 seconds behind his team-mate Verstappen. But Sergio Pérez displayed the pace of the RP20 as he took second position behind the Dutchman.

At this point Bottas and Hamilton were at the bottom of the time charts with heavy fuel runs on the 2021 developmental tyres.

Sebastian Vettel was the first of the drivers to bolt on the soft compound tyres and took sixth position. With thirty-six minutes to go, Albon who is fighting to retain his seat with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team suffered a heavy crash coming out of the final turn.

The session was red-flagged and the track was cleared of debris and the barrier was repaired. When the session was resumed, a stray dog was seen running across the track which caused another red flag.

When the session resumed, Bottas took second position behind Verstappen, just 0.018 seconds behind him. But Hamilton on his second run on the soft compound tyres went to the top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m28.971s.

So the session ended with Hamilton topping the time charts. Verstappen spilt the two Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team drivers. Bottas is in a fight with Verstappen for second position in the drivers’ championship and had to be content with third position.

Pérez was in fourth position and will lead the fight for his team to retain third position in the constructors’ championship. Daniel Ricciardo was in fifth position just 0.059 seconds behind Pérez.

Pierre Gasly was in sixth position ahead of Lando Norris who was the faster of the McLaren F1 drivers. Lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat and the unfortunate Albon rounded off the top 10 positions.

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Second Free Practice Results:

Pos#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:28.97128
233Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:29.318+0.347s34
377Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:29.336+0.365s30
411Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:29.403+0.432s32
53Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:29.462+0.491s27
610Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:29.551+0.580s36
74Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:29.841+0.870s30
818Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:29.871+0.900s32
926Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:29.900+0.929s34
1023Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:30.014+1.043s17
1131Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:30.085+1.114s30
125Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:30.110+1.139s35
1355Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:30.271+1.300s33
1416Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:30.407+1.436s30
1599Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:30.627+1.656s33
1620Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:30.849+1.878s27
177Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:30.928+1.957s34
186Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:30.973+2.002s32
198Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:31.119+2.148s28
2063George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:31.636+2.665s29
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