During the afternoon session of F1 test in Bahrain, Carlos Sainz passed Esteban Ocon at the top of the group.
Early in the afternoon session in Bahrain, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz took up the lead from Esteban Ocon, who had established the pace earlier in the day.
In the second hour of the afternoon, Sainz set a 1:33.943 to move to the front, using the C3 Medium tyre.
But the Spaniard didn’t seem to stop there; shortly before the halfway point, Ferrari put him out on the Soft C4 tyre. Sainz then went on to clock a 1:33.532 to take the lead by half a second.
Shortly after, Ocon was demoted to 3rd spot as Lance Stroll of Aston Martin climbed the order to second, half a second behind Sainz and two tenths ahead of Ocon.
Kevin Magnussen hopped into the Haas VF-22 left by Nikita Mazepin last week, marking his first comeback to a Formula One cockpit since the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Both Hamilton and Verstappen are having trouble
Lewis Hamilton, who took over from George Russell in the afternoon, ascended to fifth place with a time of 1:35.516 on the C3 Medium tyre, but he seemed to struggle with the control of his W13, as he suffered understeer through most of the track’s corners.
On track at the same time with his reportedly enhanced Red Bull RB18, Max Verstappen experienced extreme understeer on what appeared to be a fast lap attempt, running wide at Turn 11 and aborting. Verstappen was fifth at the two-hour mark of the afternoon.
McLaren’s troublesome test has continued elsewhere. Lando Norris has completed only 41 laps on the 2nd day, but has spent a lot of time in the garage while the team works on the car – the brake troubles that plagued them on Thursday have continued into the second day.
Williams, meantime, experienced issues and had to withdraw from the race when Nicholas Latifi’s brake failure and subsequent fire caused too much harm to the FW44 to continue.
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