Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time on the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain which is also the fastest lap in this year’s testing and Pierre Gasly was the second fastest for AlphaTauri.

After Ricciardo in McLaren was the fastest in the first part of the day ahead of Alonso in Alpine, Giovinazzi in Alfa Romeo was the first driver to improve his time from the morning part of the day and take first place.

Bottas, Schumacher, Stroll, Norris, Leclerc and Gasly replaced their teammates who drove in the morning and Norris in McLaren soon improved on Giovinazzi’s time on C4 tyres (1:31.239).

The first red flag in the afternoon occurred about an hour and a half before the end of the day when Perez in Red Bull dropped its engine cover as he overtook Latifi in Williams at the starting finish straight.

After the stewards cleared the track Giovinazzi again took first place before being knocked down by Gasly in AlphaTauri and his time was knocked down by Norris at McLaren before Gasly once again took the top spot on the softest C5 compound which won’t be used in the first race of the season on this track.

After fast laps on C3 and C4 tyres, Bottas also tested the C5 tyres on which he set the best time of day 1:30.289 despite not setting his personal best in the last sector.

After a bad first day in which they drove only 48 laps, Mercedes had a much better second day with the best time and 115 laps while Gasly finished second on C5 tyres for AlphaTauri and together with Tsunoda drove as many as 144 laps for the new AT02.

2021 Bahrain F1 test day 1 Alonso Alpine C2 Pirelli Photo Pirelli
Fernando Alonso tried the new Alpine A521 for the first time (Photo: Pirelli)

Stroll took over the Aston Martin AMR21 in the afternoon from Vettel who had a gearbox problem in the morning and finished third using the C5 tyres, 0.171 seconds behind Bottas while Norris finished fourth for McLaren on C4 tyres.

Giovinazzi finished fifth for the Alfa Romeo (C5) with 125 laps and Leclerc was sixth and drove 128 laps with Sainz in the Ferrari SF21.

Latifi spent the entire day in the Williams FW43B and finished seventh fastest with 132 laps although he spun in the first corner and eighth was Perez in Red Bull who had another productive day for the RB16B with 117 laps onboard.

Ricciardo’s best time from the morning part of the second day was enough for ninth place at the end and Alonso tried out the new Alpine A521 for the first time and drove 128 laps on the way to tenth place.

Tsunoda finished 11th for AlphaTauri ahead of Schumacher in Haas and Sainz in Ferrari while Mazepin was 14th fastest for Haas ahead of Hamilton in Mercedes who set his best time in the first part of the day on the C2 compound.

Vettel drove only 10 laps in the morning due to gearbox problems.

The last day of pre-season testing will be held tomorrow.


1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes F1 W12 1:30.289 58 C5
2 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri AT02 1:30.413 87 C5
3 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin AMR21 1:30.460 71 C5
4 4 Lando Norris McLaren MCL35M 1:30.586 52 C4
5 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C41 1:30.760 125 C5
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:30.886 73 C5
7 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams FW43B 1:31.672 132 C4
8 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull RB16B 1:31.682 117 C2
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren MCL35M 1:32.215 52 C3
10 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine A521 1:32.339 128 C2
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri AT02 1:32.684 57 C4
12 47 Mick Schumacher Haas VF-21 1:32.883 88 C4
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari SF21 1:33.072 56 C3
14 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas VF-21 1:33.101 76 C4
15 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 W12 1:33.399 58 C2
16 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin AMR21 1:38.849 10 C3T
2021 Bahrain F1 test day 1 Bottas Mercedes C2 Pirelli Photo Pirelli
Bottas gets Mercedes on top in Day 2 of 2021 F1 pre-season test in Bahrain (Photo: Daimler)
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