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Bahrain FP2 f1 2024

Bahrain FP2 : Hamilton Leads a Mercedes F1 One-Two

29/02/2024

The second Free Practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix took place at night, under conditions that will reflect those of tomorrow’s qualifying and Saturday’s race.

In contrast to this morning, the drivers immediately went out on soft tires, at least some of them did, including those from the leading teams such as Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes F1.

Sergio Pérez and then Charles Leclerc took turns leading the standings, before Lewis Hamilton took a nearly eight-tenths lead with a time of 1’30″751. Fernando Alonso then slotted in at 0″284 behind the British driver.

George Russell recorded his first time one second off his teammate, in seventh place. Pérez improved to take the provisional third spot, while Lando Norris complained of significantly more understeer than during FP1 on his McLaren.

Leclerc improved and took third place despite a small error in the last corner. Max Verstappen completed his first fast lap of FP2 and placed fourth, half a second behind.

Verstappen later improved to third place. Carlos Sainz was just 0″018 behind Hamilton after improving, while Oscar Piastri, on soft tires, was just 0″033 off the best time. Nico Hülkenberg also recorded a strong time.

Daniel Ricciardo finished his first lap on soft tires, but it was only good enough for 13th. Yuki Tsunoda was 15th, and Norris still didn’t seem comfortable in the MCL38, requesting a steering wheel change among other things.

Leclerc made a small error at turn 4, with a slight lock-up. Hamilton once again set the pace with 1’30″374, while Pérez was again attacking the clock, finishing sixth seven-tenths behind.

Russell managed to climb to second place, with Alonso in third. In the top 10, Lance Stroll and Nico Hülkenberg made their presence felt. The session’s end was mainly dedicated to long-run tests.

Hamilton kept the fastest time, with Mercedes taking the top two spots ahead of Alonso, Sainz, and Piastri. Verstappen was sixth, followed by Hülkenberg, Stroll, Leclerc, and Pérez.

Outside the top 10 were Alex Albon, ahead of Ricciardo and Logan Sargeant, then Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda. The Alpines and Stakes followed, with Norris unable to set a fast lap on soft tires.

Bahrain FP2 F1 2024 – Free Practice Results (2)

Pos.DriverTeamTimeLaps
01Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:30.37423
02George RussellMercedes W151:30.58021
03Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:30.66020
04Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:30.76923
05Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:30.78425
06Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:30.85123
07Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:30.88422
08Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:30.89125
09Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:31.11325
10Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:31.11525
11Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:31.33325
12Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:31.51625
13Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW461:31.71525
14Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:31.76426
15Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:31.88128
16Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:31.95123
17Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:32.00123
18Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:32.02724
19Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:32.04826
20Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:32.60824

Bahrain FP2 f1 2024 Hamilton Dominates. Bahrain FP2 f1 2024 Hamilton Dominates

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