Formula 1 | Bahrain F1 Test Day 2: Sainz leads for final day

The teams have completed the second of three days of winter testing in Bahrain, the fifth of a total six-day programme. Carlos Sainz finished first with a time of 1’33″532.

During the afternoon session, McLaren encountered the same problems as the previous day and the morning, with the same brake cooling problem and the car stopped at the end of the pit lane. However, Lando Norris was able to put in more than 60 laps on the track, although most of them were in a false rhythm.

The Woking factory has made several parts and will deliver them to Bahrain, with the hope that the MCL36 can ship them tomorrow for the last day. The aim is also for McLaren to find Daniel Ricciardo, sick until now, at the wheel.

Alpine F1 also raised a red flag when Esteban Ocon came to a stop just before the pits after his car encountered a problem. But the Frenchman was able to get back on track afterwards and still exceeded 110 laps during the day, which is still very positive.

Sainz thus set the best time with the Ferrari, at the wheel of which he was approaching 60 laps. Max Verstappen finished second with almost 90 laps, after a full day behind the wheel of the RB18.

Lance Stroll took over from Sebastian Vettel and completed over 70 laps. An instructive afternoon in which the Canadian finished third and simulated very long stints.

Lewis Hamilton is fourth after replacing George Russell at the wheel. The start was late for the seven-time world champion, but he then rolled out a smooth plan with nearly 50 laps.

As a result, Ocon finished fifth at the end of a very productive day, ahead of Charles Leclerc, who had driven the Ferrari this morning. Norris is seventh ahead of Vettel and Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane drove this afternoon to make his return to Haas F1 and has an hour left on the track when the other teams stop. This will allow the US team to start making up for their missed run from yesterday morning due to cargo issues.

Yuki Tsunoda finished tenth with 120 laps completed, making the AlphaTauri rider the hardest on the track. Valtteri Bottas and his 25 laps of the morning follow in the standings, ahead of Mick Schumacher, Russell and Nicholas Latifi.

Williams’ day was canceled after the fire that the pilot sustained at number 6 this morning. The brakes had started a fire causing visible damage. Guanyu Zhou brings the rear but was able to complete 48 laps, almost double that of his teammate.

Update at 6:02 PM: Kevin Magnussen eventually took the fastest time as he was able to drive an extra hour alone on the track, with cooler temperatures. More details in the evening.

Find the photos from the 2nd day by consulting our gallery here. The gallery will be regularly updated until late tonight.

pos. pilot Car Time towers
01 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:33.207 60
02 Carlos Sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:33.532 60
03 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBP RB18 1:34.011 86
04 Lance Walk Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:34.064 70
05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:34.141 47
06 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:34.276 111
07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:34.366 54
08 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:34.609 60
09 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:36.020 46
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBP AT03 1:36.802 120
11 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:36.987 25
12 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:37.846 23
13 george russell Mercedes W13 1:38.585 67
14 Nicholas Latific Williams Mercedes FW44 1:39.845 12
15 Guanyu-Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:39.984 48