F1 2021 Pre-Season Testing: Day 2 Statistics

Mercedes returned to the top of the timesheet as F1 testing continued in Bahrain. Here are the stories and statistics from day two of pre-season testing!


Saturday in Bahrain saw the teams completing plenty of laps, with over 200 tours completed before the halfway point of the morning session. Sebastian Vettel was able to complete only ten laps, with gearbox issues meaning he was stuck in the garage for most of the morning. While Vettel was the only driver to miss time on track, other drivers struggled in the windy conditions. Carlos Sainz ventured off the circuit before spinning, while Nicholas Latifi wrecked a set of tyres with a spin. Latifi spun again later in the day, this time at Turn 1.

There were two red flag periods in the morning session. While one was part of an FIA test, carried out at the end of the session, the other was for Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver spun and became beached in the gravel two hours into the day. Mercedes had a better day than yesterday, with the reigning champions completing over 100 laps. For a second day in a row, Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the morning session. On the C4 compound, the McLaren driver lapped with a time of 1:32.215 – twelve thousandths slower than his best lap on Friday, set on the harder C2 compound.

Lando Norris took over the McLaren for the final four hours of the day, lapping one second faster than his team-mate on the same C4 compounds. Norris had a slow start to the session, completing over a dozen laps and each time pulling into the pits at the end of his tour.

The red flags were called out as Sergio Perez’s engine cover spectacularly blew off. On the main straight, the Red Bull driver pulled out of Nicholas Latifi’s slipstream, with the change in pressure resulting in the rear bodywork flying off the car. After the debris was cleared, a flurry of fast lap times were posted. Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly each took a turn at the top of the table, before Norris returned to the top with the fastest lap seen so far in testing. That was then beaten by Gasly, on C5 tyres before Bottas moved Mercedes to the head of the timesheet for the first time in 2021. 

BEST LAP TIMES

PosDriverTeamTimeTyre
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:30.289C5
2Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:30.413C5
3Lance StrollAston Martin1:30.460C5
4Lando NorrisMcLaren1:30.586C4
5Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:30.760C5
6Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.886C5
7Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:31.672C4
8Sergio PerezRed Bull1:31.682C2
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:32.215C3
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:32.339C2
11Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:32.684C4
12Mick SchumacherHaas1:32.883C4
13Carlos SainzFerrari1:33.072C3
14Nikita MazepinHaas1:33.101C4
15Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:33.399C2
16Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:38.849PROTOTYPE

DAY 2 LAPS COMPLETE

LapsDriver
132Nicholas Latifi
128Fernando Alonso
125Antonio Giovinazzi
117Sergio Perez
88Mick Schumacher
87Pierre Gasly
76Nikita Mazepin
73Charles Leclerc
71Lance Stroll
58Lewis Hamilton
58Valtteri Bottas
57Yuki Tsunoda
56Carlos Sainz
52Daniel Ricciardo
52Lando Norris
10Sebastian Vettel
LapsTeam
164Haas
144AlphaTauri
132Williams
129Ferrari
128Alpine
125Alfa Romeo
117Red Bull
116Mercedes
104McLaren
81Aston Martin

COMBINED DAYS 1 + 2 LAPS COMPLETE

LapsDriver
193Antonio Giovinazzi
161Pierre Gasly
146Nikita Mazepin
139Max Verstappen
132Charles Leclerc
132Nicholas Latifi
129Esteban Ocon
128Fernando Alonso
117Sergio Perez
117Lance Stroll
113Carlos Sainz
103Mick Schumacher
100Lewis Hamilton
98Lando Norris
97Daniel Ricciardo
94Yuki Tsunoda
83Roy Nissany
64Valtteri Bottas
63Kimi Raikkonen
61Sebastian Vettel
0George Russell
LapsTeam
257Alpine
256Red Bull
256Alfa Romeo
255AlphaTauri
249Haas
245Ferrari
215Williams
195McLaren
178Aston Martin
164Mercedes

Testing concludes at Bahrain International Circuit tomorrow. Follow @LightsOutF1Blog on Twitter for live updates throughout the day.

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