Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the second practice session of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Halfway into the hour, the reigning champion fitted soft tyres to go fastest with a time of 1m 31.936s before Ferrari’s Leclerc managed a fastest lap that was just 0.087s off the pace. His team mate Carlos Sainz jumped to third later on but was half a second away.
Mercedes’ George Russell was therefore demoted to fourth (narrowly off Sainz) while Fernando Alonso took P5 as the last driver within a second of Verstappen’s pace.
Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas managed to take sixth, the team having fixed his engine after the Finn was forced to sit out much of FP1 with a power unit issue.
FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2022
Practice 2 results
|1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||1:31.936|
|2 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.087s|
|3 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari||+0.584s|
|4 George RUSSELL Mercedes||+0.593s|
|5 Fernando ALONSO Alpine||+0.941s|
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was 1.022s off his team mate, the Mexican finishing seventh ahead of Haas’s Mick Schumacher in P8.
Lewis Hamilton struggled with porpoising and then complained of a front brake issue midway through the session, finishing ninth and splitting the Haas drivers, as Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10 to cap off a good day for the Americans.
McLaren had an anonymous showing, beginning FP2 on hard tyres (their rivals having begun on mediums) before switching to soft tyres. Lando Norris finished 11th and his team mate Daniel Ricciardo was 18th.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was 12th, half a second splitting him and fifth-place team mate Alonso.