Nikita Mazepin had the first spin of the season in his VF-21 and remains at the bottom of the timesheets today – a stark reminder of difficulties ahead for the team.
His fellow-rookie teammate Mick Schumacher marked a better afternoon in P18 for the American team, getting ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latfifi after a lap of 1:33.297.
The world Champions have started out the season better than many expected following testing, although there are clearly some more issues to be resolved with the W12, particularly in that of Valtteri Bottas, however, the team still managed two top 5 fastest laps at the end of FP2.
Max Verstappen’s RB16B proved to be the quickest on track once again, clocking the fastest lap at 1:30.847, and after leading the early timesheets on the medium tyres, it’s been a good day for the Milton Keynes team.
Sergio Perez landed in tenth at the end of today’s session over a second slower than his Dutch teammate, followed by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in 11th, Charles Leclerc in 12th, and Alfa Romeo’s Giovinazzi in 13th.
Sebastian Vettel lifted his Aston Martin up into third for a moment this afternoon, but ultimately re-entered the pits in 14th at the end of the session, with his Canadian teammate, Lance Stroll higher up the order in eighth.
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda retired to the pits with five minutes to go to resolve an issue with the car, but despite this clocked the 7th fastest time, slightly ahead of the second AlphaTauri car of Pierre Gasly in ninth, in what has proven to be a good day for the team.
The 2021 contenders will return to the Bahrain International Circuit tomorrow at 12:00 pm.