By James Galloway
Last Updated: 27/11/20 4:43pm
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in a Practice Two session twice stopped by red flags at the Bahrain GP, one for a big crash for Red Bull’s Alex Albon and the other when a dog ran onto the circuit.
Hamilton completed a late qualifying simulation on the soft tyres to top the session in a best time of 1:28.971, three tenths quicker than Max Verstappen – although the Dutchman’s best lap came earlier in the session on the slower medium tyres.
But it was a session under the Bahrain floodlights to forget for Verstappen’s team-mate, Albon.
Fighting to keep his seat at Red Bull for 2021, Albon lost control of his RB16 and slammed into the barriers when running wide at the final corner mid-way through the session.
The accident did substantial damage to the right-hand side of the 24-year-old’s car and meant he missed the rest of the session.
After the clean-up job for Albon’s crash, the session resumed but was almost immediately stopped again when a dog was spotted running around the circuit.
The session eventually resumed for real and Hamilton worked his way to the top of the order to complete a Friday double in his first appearance as a seven-time world champion.
Valtteri Bottas was third in the second Mercedes, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez fourth and Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Renault.
More to follow…