Max Verstappen set the second fastest time on Friday during the chaotic second free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The session was halted for some time by a heavy crash by Alexander Albon.
Verstappen achieved a fastest time of 1.29.318 on medium tires. The Red Bull driver only had to put up with Lewis Hamilton, who clocked 1.28,971 on soft tires.
The 23-year-old Verstappen, who had to be content with the sixth time in the first practice, was only eighteen thousandths faster than Valtteri Bottas, who set the third fastest time on softs. Sergio Pérez and Daniel Ricciardo also nestled in the top five.
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were unable to join the top ten. Vettel had to settle for the twelfth time and Leclerc with the fourteenth time.
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Albon shoots hard off the track
Albon shot off the track more than forty minutes before the end of the training. Verstappen’s teammate went wide coming up the straight and lost control of his RB16. Albon quickly announced that he was fine.
After training resumed ten minutes later, the session had to be stopped again due to a stray dog at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The dog ran off the track after a few minutes, allowing the drivers to get back into action.
On Saturday, the third training (12 noon) and the qualification (3 pm) are scheduled. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.
Result of the second free practice
- 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1.28,971
- 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 1.29,318
- 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 1.29,336
- 4. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) – 1.29,403
- 5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – 1.29,462
- 6. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 1.29,551
- 7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 1.29,841
- 8. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – 1.29,871
- 9. Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) – 1.29,900
- 10. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) – 1.30,014