FP2: Vettel confirms Ferrari transformation

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel topped the second practice session at Bahrain, leading team mate Charles Leclerc by 35 thousandths. Crucially, the scarlet duo were 6 tenths ahead of any competition.

Indeed, Lewis Hamilton admitted afterwards that Ferrari's pace had "transformed compared to Melbourne. I’m sure we’ll analyse things tonight and come back a little stronger tomorrow, but at the moment the Ferraris are quite far ahead".

While some pundits weren't entirely sure if Mercedes were running all out today, it does look like Ferrari have found their winter testing pace back, for whatever reason.

Valtteri Bottas was a tenth slower and 4th fastest, not too far ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who was the best of the rest and topped Max Verstappen, who was left disappointed after the session.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean put their Haas cars in 7th and 9th, making them the most consistent when comparing their performance to Melbourne.

McLaren's Lando Norris snuck in between them into 8th, once again beating team mate Carlos Sainz who was just out of the top 10, a little more than a tenth down on his team mate.

Daniil Kvyat was 10th fastest, just like in the midday session.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1:28.846-32
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:28.881+0.035s32
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:29.449+0.603s33
477Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:29.557+0.711s36
527Nico HulkenbergRenault1:29.669+0.823s32
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:29.725+0.879s34
720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:30.000+1.154s33
84Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:30.017+1.171s25
98Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:30.068+1.222s34
1026Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:30.093+1.247s36
1155Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:30.192+1.346s33
1210Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:30.429+1.583s31
1323Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:30.458+1.612s36
1411Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:30.716+1.870s32
153Daniel RicciardoRenault1:30.848+2.002s30
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:31.088+2.242s6
1718Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:31.129+2.283s31
1899Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:31.144+2.298s10
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:31.904+3.058s32
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:32.932+4.086s37