FP2: Hamilton heads dominant Mercedes one-two in second practice

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Having hidden their true pace in testing, Lewis Hamilton demonstrated the one-lap performance of his brand-new Mercedes W15 by topping the representative sesond practice session at the Bahrain Grand Prix. His team-mate George Russell took second in the one-hour session. F1Technical's Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2.

The afternoon practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix saw Mercedes secure a shock one-two with Lewis Hamilton heading his team-mate George Russell in the one-hour session. The seven-time world champion clocked a 1m30.374s on his second set of fresh soft tyres to beat Russell by just over two tenths of a second.

Aston Martin's pace looked uncertain over the course of the three-day pre-season testing, but Fernando Alonso ended up third fastest in the end, beating the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz.

McLaren's performance in testing was difficult to read, but Oscar Piastri indicated what his team might be able to achieve by setting the fifth-quickest lap in Free Practice 2. His team-mate Lando Norris had a difficult qualifying simulation run, but his heaby-fuel run appeared to be much more competitive.

Max Verstappen set the sixth quickest time – nearly half a second back from Hamilton’s lap – while his team-mate Sergio Perez ended up tenth-fastest in the standings.

Reflecting on his opening day, Verstappen added: “I think it was not too bad, it’s just that I think it’s very close. "Maybe some people around us already turned up the engine a bit in terms of top speed, but we just focus on ourselves, and I think from today, there were a few little balance issues from front to rear, but nothing big."

Leclerc set the ninth-quickest lap in his Ferrari after a difficult qualifying simulation run, but the Monégasque is hopeful that he can turn it around when it comes to qualifying on Friday afternoon.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.37425
263George RussellMercedes1:30.580+0.206s23
314Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.660+0.286s22
455Carlos SainzFerrari1:30.769+0.395s25
581Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:30.784+0.410s27
61Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:30.851+0.477s25
727Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:30.884+0.510s23
818Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.891+0.517s26
916Charles LeclercFerrari1:31.113+0.739s26
1011Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:31.115+0.741s26
1123Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.333+0.959s26
123Daniel RicciardoRb Honda Rbpt1:31.516+1.142s26
132Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:31.715+1.341s27
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:31.764+1.390s27
1522Yuki TsunodaRb Honda Rbpt1:31.881+1.507s29
1610Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:31.951+1.577s25
1777Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:32.001+1.627s24
1831Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:32.027+1.653s25
1924Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:32.048+1.674s28
204Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:32.608+2.234s25