Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice for Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, who appeared more at ease in the W15 than George Russell, led Mercedes to a surprise 1-2 in the second practice session for the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in the second practice session for the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix while reigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen finished over half a second behind the pace and outside the top five once more.

The temperatures in Free Practice 2, which was held under more typical conditions for qualifying on Friday and the race on Saturday, were still cooler than those in First Practice.

This might have contributed to the gap between the Red Bull, which had trouble with warm-up last year, and the Mercedes, which was setting the pace in 2023. Nevertheless, Hamilton was the clear winner on both of his qualifying simulation laps.

The seven-time world champion set the fastest time with a 1m30.174s which gave him a two-tenth margin over team-mate George Russell, who had been a second off after the initial runs.

The closest rival to Hamilton in the opening runs, Fernando Alonso, finished third with 0.286 seconds off the time benchmark. The Aston Martin driver did not set a personal best in the final sector after losing 0.215s in the first sector of his lap.

Carlos Sainz turned out to be the fastest Ferrari driver in fourth place, finishing four-tenths slower, followed by McLaren’s Oscar Piastri in fifth.

Verstappen was about 0.5 seconds off on his first attempt using soft tyres and finished 0.477 seconds behind on his second attempt. However, the long-run simulations in which all teams ran soft rubber, appeared to be much more encouraging for both Verstappen and Red Bull.

Sergio Perez got off to the fastest start in the Red Bull during the long laps while Piastri’s run on soft tyres in the McLaren was impressive. The two teams were the only ones able try the medium tyre for a short spell before the end of the session.

Nico Hulkenberg finished a surprise seventh, as his time less than a tenth behind Verstappen suggests the Red Bull has more to offer.Meanwhile, Lance Stroll finished eighth, coming in over half a second behind Hamilton and with a significant lead over Charles Leclerc in ninth. Perez rounded out the top ten.

RB was unable to match their incredible speed from the first practice, where they finished first and fourth. Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest Racing Bull in 12th place, over a second behind Hamilton.

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Results

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

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