Hamilton tops second Bahrain practice after Albon crashes heavily

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton led the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a heavy crash for Alexander Albon.

The Red Bull driver ran wide at the final corner, snapped sideways on the run-off area and spun into the wall. His RB16 took heavy damage, particularly at the right-rear.

Albon immediately confirmed he was okay before being taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks due to the high G-forces of the accident. A red flag was brought out while Albon’s mangled car was retrieved.

Almost immediately after the session restarted the red flags flew again. Although the track had been cleared of debris, a dog had made its way onto the circuit, and cars returned to the pits while it ran back to safety at turn two.

Once the session turned green again, Max Verstappen led the times until the final 15 minutes when Hamilton set his fastest lap. The Mercedes driver lapped almost three and a half tenths faster than Verstappen, setting a 1’28.971 on soft tyres.

All competitors were required to run a minimum of six timed laps on a set of 2021 C3 compounds during second practice, which they opted to do from the start of the session. Multiple drivers reported understeer on the new compound, with lap times a little jumbled by the test runs, including both Mercedes running right at the back of the order.

Bottas, in particular, complained about his steering from the moment he left the pits at the start of the session, saying it was pulling “right down.” He ended up driving slowly for his out lap, before ultimately ending up off the track briefly.

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Verstappen and Charles Leclerc topped the times after the test runs, with Verstappen improving his time to lead the session for almost the entire remaining duration before he was finally pipped by Hamilton.

Racing Point continued their encouraging form from first practice, Sergio Perez setting the fourth-fastest time, edging Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault by less than a tenth of a second.

Daniil Kvyat struggled all session, repeatedly radioing to his engineer for adjustments. AlphaTauri team mate Pierre Gasly was similarly vocal after being held up by other drivers, though he ended the session in sixth place.

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2020 Bahrain Grand Prix second practice result

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’28.971 28
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’29.318 0.347 34
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’29.336 0.365 30
4 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’29.403 0.432 32
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’29.462 0.491 27
6 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’29.551 0.580 36
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’29.841 0.870 30
8 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1’29.871 0.900 32
9 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1’29.900 0.929 34
10 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1’30.014 1.043 17
11 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 1’30.085 1.114 30
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’30.110 1.139 35
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’30.271 1.300 33
14 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’30.407 1.436 30
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’30.627 1.656 33
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’30.849 1.878 27
17 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’30.928 1.957 34
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’30.973 2.002 32
19 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’31.119 2.148 28
20 63 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’31.636 2.665 29

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’28.971

+0.347 Max Verstappen – 1’29.318

+0.365 Valtteri Bottas – 1’29.336

+0.432 Sergio Perez – 1’29.403

+0.491 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’29.462

+0.580 Pierre Gasly – 1’29.551

+0.870 Lando Norris – 1’29.841

+0.900 Lance Stroll – 1’29.871

+0.929 Daniil Kvyat – 1’29.900

+1.043 Alexander Albon – 1’30.014

+1.114 Esteban Ocon – 1’30.085

+1.139 Sebastian Vettel – 1’30.110

+1.300 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’30.271

+1.436 Charles Leclerc – 1’30.407

+1.656 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’30.627

+1.878 Kevin Magnussen – 1’30.849

+1.957 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’30.928

+2.002 Nicholas Latifi – 1’30.973

+2.148 Romain Grosjean – 1’31.119

+2.665 George Russell – 1’31.636

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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5 comments on “Hamilton tops second Bahrain practice after Albon crashes heavily”

  1. That doggo sure was keen to stake its claim as Albon’s replacement.

  2. The more time they give albon the more time he has to screw up apparently.

  3. As i recall VER set his time on the yellow tire and did not had an uninterrupted run later on when he was on red.

    Still a nice view under the bright lights..
    Ferrari lost it somewhere… they did nice in FP1 but FP2 was totally wrong.
    It seems Russel lost his self confidence ( and missed some track time)

    1. FP means little but I can tell you now… RB and VER are slower than Merc and LH. Been a disappointing year for young max. Lets see how he bounces back.

      1. Merc have had 0.5 to 1 second on the field all year. Generally closer to 1 second. F1 is sick and uncompetitive. It will be totally irrelevant a decade from now. The damage has been done.

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