F1 Testing, Day Two in Bahrain: Ferrari top timesheet as Carlos Sainz outpaces Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
World champion Max Verstappen was second for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton fourth for Mercedes, with the pair separated by Aston Martin's Lance Stroll; watch third day of Bahrain test live on Sky Sports F1 on Saturday
Last Updated: 11/03/22 4:20pm
Carlos Sainz set the fastest time on the penultimate day of 2022's final pre-season test as Ferrari continued to show signs of real pace, once again beating rivals Red Bull and Mercedes in Bahrain.
World champion Max Verstappen was second for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton fourth for Mercedes, with the pair separated by Lance Stroll, who produced an encouraging display for Aston Martin.
While Sainz himself warned on Friday that Mercedes could be holding back performance for next weekend's season-opener at the same circuit, Ferrari enjoyed another impressive day to maintain the form they've shown since Formula One's all-new cars were first revealed at a 'shakedown' in Barcelona two weeks ago.
Sainz's time of 1:33.532 was nearly half a second quicker than Pierre Gasly's pace-setter for AlphaTauri on day one, and a similar margin ahead of his nearest rivals on Friday.
Despite Lando Norris finishing seventh, McLaren's track time was severely limited for a second successive day by an issue with their brakes, which has left them awaiting the delivery of revised parts from the team's UK factory.
A dramatic fire on Nicholas Latifi's car saw Williams complete just 12 laps, while Alfa Romeo and Haas, who welcomed back Kevin Magnussen to the cockpit, were both hampered again by technical issues.
Esteban Ocon finished fifth after topping the morning timesheet for Alpine, who appeared to enjoy an improved day of performance despite the Frenchman later forcing a red flag with a "precautionary" stop on track.
Bahrain pre-season test: Day Two timesheet
|1) Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||1:33.532||C4 (soft)||60|
|2) Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.479||C4||86|
|3) Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+0.532||C4||70|
|4) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.609||C5 (very soft)||47|
|5) Esteban Ocon||Alpine||+0.744||C4||111|
|6) Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+0.834||C3||54|
|7) Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1.000||C3||44|
|8) Lando Norris||McLaren||+1.077||C3||60|
|9) Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+2.488||C3||46|
|10) Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||+3.270||C3||120|
|11) Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+3.455||C2 (hard)||25|
|12) Mick Schumacher||Haas||+4.314||C2||23|
|13) George Russell||Mercedes||+5.053||Prototype||67|
|14) Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+6.313||Prototype||12|
|15) Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||+6.452||Prototype||48|
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