For the second race weekend in Bahrain, this event being called the Sakhir Grand Prix, the Bahrain International Circuit’s shorter and faster Outer Circuit is in use for the first time.
Sebastian Vettel says his second practice session in Bahrain was “horrible” on account of Ferrari making overly aggressive set-up changes.
Vettel, in his penultimate event as a Ferrari driver, spun twice during the second session, rotating his SF1000 through Turn 2, before sliding wide exiting Turn 5 and spearing across the circuit.
It left Vettel without a representative timed effort on Soft tyres and he finished the session down in 16th position.
“We’ve had a mixed day, the first session was okay, the second session was horrible,” he said.
“We tried something with the car and I think it was very aggressive and probably not what we needed.
“We were happy and we thought it would work but I don’t think it did so we will see for tomorrow.”
Charles Leclerc did not set a timed effort after suffering a driveshaft failure on his second lap.
“We were actually better than expected I have to say, and FP2 was also good until the failure on my side,” said Leclerc. “So hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow.”
Vettel also expressed encouragement that Ferrari can lift its fortunes.
“Charles wasn’t out running so we didn’t get the answer on the other side either [of the garage],” he said.
“I think Q1 should be fine to make it through to Q2, and then I think Q3 could be possible – maybe it’s a little bit better than last week – but I reckon it will be very tight.
“It’s a short lap, the gaps between the cars are nothing. The midfield has always been tight this year so it will be even tighter.”
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|02:00 - 03:30||Free practice 1|
|06:00 - 07:30||Free practice 2|
|04:00 - 05:00||Free practice 3|
|07:00 - 07:18||Qualifying|
|06:10 - 08:10||Race|