F1 Bahrain 2021 pre-season testing - Day 2


By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Tom Howard, James Newbold, Stephen Lickorish


  • Close at the top on day two of Bahrain F1 testing with Bottas's Mercedes, Gasly's AlphaTauri and Stroll's Aston Martin separated by two tenths on soft tyres
  • Brief red flag as engine cover was ripped from Perez's RB16B after pulling out to pass Latifi's Williams, with no contact occurring between them
  • Ricciardo tops the morning timesheets for McLaren, just ahead of Alonso (Alpine) and Perez
  • Vettel suffers a gearbox issue on his Aston Martin and only manages a handful of laps in the morning
  • Hamilton brings out red flag in the morning, spinning off at Turn 13 and getting stuck in gravel

Leaderboard - Day 2

1. Bottas, Mercedes, 1m30.289s
2. Gasly, AlphaTauri, 1m30.413s
3. Stroll, Aston Martin, 1m30.460s
4. Norris, McLaren, 1m30.586s
5. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, 1m30.760s
6. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1m30.886s
7. Latifi, Williams, 1m31.672s
8. Perez, Red Bull, 1m31.682s
9. Ricciardo, McLaren, 1m32.215s 
10. Alonso, Alpine, 1m32.339s 
11. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1m32.684s
12. Schumacher, Haas, 1m32.883s
13. Sainz, Ferrari, 1m33.072s 
14. Mazepin, Haas, 1m33.101s 
15. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m33.399s 
16. Vettel, Aston Martin, 1m38.849s 

Status: Stopped
12:16 And that's all from us today! We'll see you bright and early tomorrow for the final day of testing - bye for now.
11:58 Bottas on top, then - beating Gasly by 0.124s. Stroll third with a 1m30.460s, beating Norris by a tenth.
11:57 We will have some time allotted for practice starts - but that's it for the session. Testing is two-thirds complete here at Bahrain.
11:55 Oh, hello red flag.
11:55 Pitstop gaffes aside, 162 laps for Haas today - not a bad innings.
11:54 Eep - the green light went on in the Haas pitbox, but the jackman wasn't quite out of the way! Schumacher almost took the jack with him...
11:53 Latifi did his P7 laptime on the C4s, Leclerc 0.8s quicker on the C5s.
11:50 Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...


11:48 Leclerc also goes a smidgen faster, posting a 1m30.886s on one of the two softer compounds.
11:47 Latifi gets up to P7 on that lap, logging his 130th tour of the Bahrain circuit with a 1m31.672s time.
11:44 We've got 16 minutes remaining.
11:43 Alonso does a pitstop, collecting a used set of C2 tyres and heading off on his way. Perez does the same thing moments later. They emerge in P...sorry, this isn't a race is it?
11:40 Bottas goes fastest with a 1m30.289s on C5 tyres. gg guys, gl next year.
11:39 Perez doing a neat pitstop there, taking on new C2 tyres to carry on his running on the harder compounds. Proper race simulations now.
11:38 Leclerc went fastest in sector 1, but remains sixth overall with a 1m30.903s on his C4 tyres.
11:37 Stroll's gone up to fourth, logging a 1m30.693s on his 64th lap of the day.
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