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Testing day 2 morning – Ferrari’s Sainz Sets Fastest Lap



Pre-Season Testing day 2

During the second morning of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit for Formula 1, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was the quickest.

The teams were productive from the beginning with no major incidents or setbacks for any of the 10 teams.

Sainz finished the four-hour session with a time of 1:32.486s in hot and sunny conditions, which placed him ahead of the rest of the drivers. Williams rookie Logan Sargeant moved up the order to finish in second place, only 0.063s behind Sainz.

Fernando Alonso from Aston Martin finished third-fastest, half a second behind Sainz.

Alonso will participate in all of Friday’s action for the team, while reserve driver Felipe Drugovich is on standby.

Zhou Guanyu completed the least mileage but still managed 44 laps in the C43, placing him fourth.

Kevin Magnussen from Haas finished fifth, followed by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in sixth, and Sergio Perez in seventh for Red Bull after completing a race simulation.


Lewis Hamilton lost a minor piece of bodywork but continued with his run plan to finish eighth, followed by McLaren’s Lando Norris in ninth and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in tenth, who was the most productive driver of the session with 85 laps.

The final 15 minutes of the session were reserved for testing different systems, such as the Virtual Safety Car period, red flag, and standing restart procedure.

Here are the times from day two morning of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit:

1Sainz (Ferrari)1m32.486sC368
2Sargeant (Williams)1m32.549sC572
3Alonso (Aston Martin)1m32.969sC364
4Zhou (Alfa Romeo)1m33.170stest42
5Magnussen (Haas)1m33.442sC266
6Ocon (Alpine)1m33.490sC348
7Perez (Red Bull)1m33.751stest76
8Hamilton (Mercedes)1m33.954sC371
9Norris (McLaren)1m35.522sC264
10Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)1m37.687sC385

Carlos Sainz of Ferrari posted the quickest time at the midway point of the 2023 Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, with Williams rookie Logan Sargeant close behind in second place.

Sainz held the lead on the leaderboard for most of the session, recording a time of 1m32.486s on his mid-range C3 tyres. Sargeant’s impressive performance on the softest C5 compound earned him second place.

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin completed the top three, although he lost an hour due to work on the team’s brakes. Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo achieved fourth place, while Haas’ Kevin Magnussen completed the top five.

Sergio Perez, who drove for Red Bull, had his first taste of the new RB19 and focused on running long during the session.


Lewis Hamilton had a relatively uneventful session for Mercedes, finishing in eighth place, while Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri completed the most laps with 85 but finished last on the timesheet.

Testing will resume at 15:15 local time and run until 19:30.

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