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Max Verstappen challenges Mercedes: fastest time on day 1 in Bahrain

Max Verstappen
Foto: Red Bull Racing

Just like during the first practice session, Max Verstappen also set the fastest time during the second practice session. With that, the Dutchman seems to confirm that he and Red Bull may be a real challenger for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes this season for the first time in years.

Now that the practice sessions on Friday only last one hour instead of an hour and a half, it is usually quite busy on the track from the start. When the light went green at the end of the pit lane, we immediately saw a lot of cars take to the track.

It was striking that several riders were surprised and made a mistake at the start of the second practice session. Despite the fact that a three-day F1 test took place at the Bahrain International Circuit earlier this month, it was clearly still a bit of a search for the drivers.

However, it was ‘old age blanket’ Kimi Raikkonen who made the biggest mistake. The Finn ended up with his Alfa Romeo F1 car against the crash barriers and so seriously damaged the front of his car.

In the end it was again Max Verstappen who set the fastest time, just like during the first practice session. After the three-day F1 test in Bahrain, Verstappen and the Red Bull F1 team were suddenly called the big challenger of Mercedes and Hamilton and they seem to confirm that role during the first race weekend for the time being.

The harbinger of an exciting battle for pole position on Saturday? At Mercedes they already have the necessary homework to do.

Result second training session GP of Bahrain:
01 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.847 23
02 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 30.942 25
03 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.082 24
04 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 31.127 26
05 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 31.218 23
06 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 31.230 22
07 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 31.294 23
08 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:31.393 24
09 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:31.483 27
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 31.503 23
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:31.601 24
12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 31.612 26
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 31.740 27
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:31.769 26
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:31.770 24
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 31.862 15
17 George Russell Williams 1:32.331 28
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:33.297 24
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:33.400 28
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:33.449 19

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