Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kept top spot in FP2 of F1 Bahrain GP from McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton under floodlights.
The more relevant FP2 session saw Red Bull’s Verstappen head the pack again in F1 Bahrain GP with a 1m30.847s lap, but just 0.095s quicker than McLaren’s Norris (1m30.942s), as Mercedes’ Hamilton (1m31.082s) rounded the Top 3.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (1m31.127s) showed some pace in fourth with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (1m31.218s) only fifth from McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m31.230s), as AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda did well to be seventh, where he managed to beat Pierre Gasly.
The Japanese racer set a 1m31.294s to Gasly’s 1m31.483s, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll (1m31.393s) slotting in between the two in eighth. The Top 10 was then rounded out by the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez (1m31.503s).
The lead Alpine was of Esteban Ocon in 11th with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in 12th ahead of Alfa Romeo Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi, whereas Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was 14th with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso only 15th – but he ended up within a second of Verstappen.
Despite a crash and front wing loss, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen managed to be 16th ahead of Williams’ George Russell, Haas’ Mick Schumacher, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Haas’ Nikita Mazepin – the latter had an early spin as well.
Here’s how FP1 of F1 Bahrain GP panned out