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F1 testing day two in Bahrain: Ferrari’s best timesheet as Carlos Sainz edges out Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton


World champion Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton fourth for Mercedes, the pair being separated by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll; watch day three of the Bahrain test live on Sky Sports F1 on Saturday

Last update: 03/11/22 4:20 p.m.

Carlos Sainz impressed for Ferrari on day two of testing in Bahrain

Carlos Sainz set the fastest time on the penultimate day of the final 2022 pre-season test as Ferrari continued to show signs of real pace, beating rivals Red Bull and Mercedes again in Bahrain.

World champion Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton fourth for Mercedes, the pair separated by Lance Stroll, who produced an encouraging performance for Aston Martin.

While Sainz himself warned on Friday that Mercedes could hold back performance for next weekend’s season opener at the same circuit, Ferrari used another impressive day to maintain the form they have been showing. since the all-new Formula 1 cars were first revealed at a ‘shakedown’ in Barcelona two weeks ago.

Sainz leads the timing of the afternoon session of Bahrain's second test in his Ferrari

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Sainz leads the timing of the afternoon session of Bahrain’s second test in his Ferrari

Sainz leads the timing of the afternoon session of Bahrain’s second test in his Ferrari

Sainz’s time of 1:33.532 was nearly half a second faster than pacemaker Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri on day one, and a similar margin ahead of his nearest rivals on Friday.

Although Lando Norris finished seventh, McLaren’s track time was severely limited for a second consecutive day by a problem with their brakes, which left them awaiting delivery of overhauled parts from the UK factory. ‘team.

A dramatic fire on Nicholas Latifi’s car saw Williams complete just 12 laps, while Alfa Romeo and Haas, who hosted Kevin Magnussen in the cockpit, were once again hampered by technical issues.

Nicolas Latifi's rear brakes catch fire on his Williams on day two of testing in Bahrain so he grabs a fire extinguisher and helps put out the flames

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Nicolas Latifi’s rear brakes catch fire on his Williams on day two of testing in Bahrain so he grabs a fire extinguisher and helps put out the flames

Nicolas Latifi’s rear brakes catch fire on his Williams on day two of testing in Bahrain so he grabs a fire extinguisher and helps put out the flames

Esteban Ocon finished fifth after leading the morning timesheet for Alpine, who appeared to enjoy a day of improved performance despite the Frenchman later forcing a red flag with a ‘preventive’ pit stop on the track.

Bahrain Pre-Season Test: Day 2 Timesheet

Driver Team Time Tires Towers
1) Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:33.532 C4 (soft) 60
2) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.479 C4 86
3) Start the walk Aston Martin +0.532 C4 70
4) Lewis Hamilton mercedes +0.609 C5 (very soft) 47
5) Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.744 C4 111
6) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.834 C3 54
7) Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.000 C3 44
8) Lando Norris McLaren +1.077 C3 60
9) Sebastien Vettel Aston Martin +2.488 C3 46
10) Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri +3.270 C3 120
11) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +3.455 C2 (hard) 25
12) Mick Schumacher Haas +4.314 C2 23
13) George Russell mercedes +5.053 Prototype 67
14) Nicholas Latifi williams +6.313 Prototype 12
15) Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +6.452 Prototype 48

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