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Verstappen continues to dominate, topping second practice in Bahrain

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The sun set on day one in Bahrain and ended with Free Practice 2 under the floodlights, matching the ambience the Bahrain Grand Prix will be raced under.

For Free Practice 2, 3 and qualifying, race control has re-added track limits at Turn 4 and will lead to lap times being invalidated if drivers exceed these limits.

The top fifteen drivers were split but less than a second and sitting on the top spot was Max Verstappen again. Friday has been his day after he was also the strongest driver in the earlier session. Sergio Pérez still couldn’t match his Red Bull Racing teammate, finishing down in tenth.

Lando Norris has also been a star in Friday’s sessions. He finished the earlier session third fastest and went one better during the second session to take second. McLaren F1 Team are looking like the ones to watch this weekend, with Daniel Ricciardo coming up sixth fastest. 

Lewis Hamilton wasn’t able to dethrone Verstappen from his top of the time sheets and had to settle with first fastest. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team teammate Valtteri Bottas had a tricky time when it came to the new track limits at Turn 4. He had four lap times deleted in a row. He stated the car was ‘undrivable’ as the session came to a close. He finished fifth.

Another session, another promising running for Scuderia FerrariCarlos Sainz Jr. has shown he’s not playing around and wants to battle at the top. He came in fourth place with Charles Leclerc in twelth.

Yuki Tsunoda has continued to impress on his first F1 race weekend. He set a time just four tenths slower than Verstappen’s fastest and finished seventh. He did have a small issue at the end of the session and had to pit, Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda are yet to release any details on the issue. Pierre Gasly finished not too far behind in ninth.

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team don’t look as strong as they were under the Racing Point banner last year. Lance Stroll was the fastest of the pair of drivers, finishing in eighth. Sebastian Vettel couldn’t break into the top ten and had to settle with fourteenth fastest.

Another team that hasn’t seem to have impressed is Alpine F1 Team. Neither driver finished in the top half of the table with Esteban Ocon in eleventh and Fernando Alonso in fifteenth.

Kimi Räikkönen’s session was not the best for him. The Finnish driver crashed into the wall at Turn 2 and the impact took off his front wing. His car didn’t look too healthy afterwards as he limped his way back to pits.  He was able to get back out again but could do no better than sixteenth. Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN teammate Antonio Giovinazzi finished in thirteenth.

Williams Racing’s woes seem to continue heading into the 2021 season. George Russell finished in seventeenth place, nearly one and a half seconds behind Verstappen on top. Teammate Nicholas Latififinished nineteenth.

Nikita Mazepin suffered his first spin in his F1 career at Turn 4, and things failed to get better for him after. The Uralkali Haas F1 Team driver finished in eighteenth place with teammate Mick Schumacher taking the bottom spot in twentieth.

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 times

Pos#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
133Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing Honda1:30.84723
24Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:30.942=+0.095s25
344Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:31.082=+0.235s24
455Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:31.127=+0.280s26
577Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:31.218=+0.371s23
63Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:31.230=+0.383s22
722Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:31.294=+0.447s23
818Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:31.393=+0.546s24
910Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:31.483=+0.636s27
1011Sergio PérezMEXRed Bull Racing Honda1:31.503=+0.656s23
1131Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1:31.601=+0.754s24
1216Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:31.612=+0.765s26
1399Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:31.740=+0.893s27
145Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:31.769=+0.922s26
1514Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1:31.770=+0.923s24
167Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:31.862=+1.015s15
1763George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:32.331=+1.484s28
1847Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1:33.297=+2.450s24
196Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:33.400=+2.553s28
209Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1:33.449=+2.602s19
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