F1 Bahrain GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 and FP2
By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Stephen Lickorish
FP2 is currently underway
Verstappen leads from Norris, Hamilton
Raikkonen hits wall on exit of turn 2
Friday practice sessions cut down to one hour
Leaderboard 1. Verstappen, Red Bull 2. Norris, McLaren 3. Hamilton, Mercedes 4. Sainz, Ferrari 5. Bottas, Mercedes 6. Ricciardo, McLaren 7. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri 8. Stroll, Aston Martin 9. Gasly, AlphaTauri 10. Perez, Red Bull
12:14That's all from us today - but make sure to keep an eye on Autosport.com for all the reaction from FP2 and we'll see you tomorrow for the build-up to qualifying from shortly before 12pm GMT. TTFN!
12:11In case you missed any of the action, here's a full wrap-up of events courtesy of ALEX KALINAUCKAS - who is no doubt relieved that the end of the session saw no significant changes.
12:10That said, if Norris and McLaren can continue their promising Friday form, then perhaps it won't be Mercedes that Verstappen has to look out for after all...
12:10So what did we make of that? Verstappen will be feeling pretty pleased tonight, but would ideally want Perez to be a bit closer come qualifying tomorrow to avoid the situation we've seen so often in recent years where Red Bull get snookered on strategy by Mercedes.
12:07Raikkonen only managed 15 laps after his accident and takes P16 from Russell, Schumacher, Latifi and Mazepin bringing up the rear for Haas.
12:06Perez rounds out the top 10 on his Red Bull bow, with Ocon just pipping Leclerc to P11. Giovinazzi beat world champions Vettel and Alonso to 13th in 'Class C' pole.
12:05Tsunoda comfortably tops the rookie class in seventh as the best AlphaTauri, two tenths quicker than Gasly with Stroll's Aston Martin in-between them.
12:04Bottas was only just over a tenth behind his team-mate, but it's good enough only for P5 with Ricciardo completing the top six for McLaren.
12:03Hamilton is third, a little over two tenths behind Verstappen with Ferrari new-boy Sainz breathing down his neck in fourth.
12:02No improvements in the closing moments means Verstappen completes his Friday lock-out, with Norris an impressive second just 0.095s in arrears on an encouraging first day for McLaren back with Mercedes power.
12:00The checkered flag is out, and that's the end of what has been a fascinating FP2 session.
12:00Alonso has a big old lock-up into the downhill Turn 10 hairpin. The Alpine looks a bit of a handful, not too dissimilar to the last F1 car Alonso was fortunate enough to drive back in 2018...
11:58Four different constructors in the top four places as the session draws to a close. Book me in for one of those in qualifying tomorrow, please.
11:56Hamilton's last lap was around 1s off Verstappen on the mediums in the high 38s. We don't know how much fuel they're running, but does Bottas' struggles at Turn 4 point to an underlying issue for Mercedes?
11:55Not content with the hat-trick, Bottas nets a fourth. Calm down Arshavin...
11:53Bottas has racked up quite the tally of lap deletions. That's three in a row now for running too wide at Turn 4.