Spins And Speed For Formula 1’s Second Day Testing In Bahrain

By Robert Haile

Could there be a new world champion and unlikely teams in the mix?

Mercedes have continued to find issues as Lewis Hamilton’s spin in the morning session coupled with Valtteri Bottas suffering yesterday hint at it being a difficult season ahead.

On a positive note both drivers managed more laps with the car than the previous day and Bottas was fastest with a 1:30.289 over three seconds fast than his teammate.

Though the time charts can mean very little with Bottas saying: “It’s so difficult to say what that means. I can’t be jumping around happy – it is only testing.

“As always, we are just focused on getting through our programme and maximising the learning. You never know what fuel loads people are running.

“Hopefully by the end of tomorrow, we will have a better idea of where we are.”

Again in the top ten was Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri, Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo with Antonio Giovinazzi.

McLaren could be a resurgent force as Lando Norris has finished in the top four over the last two days.

Red Bull’s new driver Sergio Perez was the teams focus in today’s (Saturday March 13) sessions, commenting Sergio said: “It was great to do a full day of testing in the RB16B and even though conditions are very tricky out there we got through plenty of work and there is plenty of development to come.

“It’s great to be working with the Team and I’m getting more and more used to things – I can already feel the potential. I have the morning tomorrow in the car, so I’m looking forward to getting in some more laps.”

Going into the final day there will be more questions over where teams are before they return to Bahrain for the first race of the season.