Vettel Stays Fastest Despite Losing Power
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel maintained his position as the fastest driver in Bahrain on Friday as the German led the way in the second free practice session at the Sakhir Circuit despite suffering a loss of power during the afternoon. Vettel was able to coast back to the pits and emerged back on track shortly afterwards.
Vettel set the fastest time of 01:31.310s edging out Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas while Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull Racing.
Following his issue in this morning’s first session, Kimi Raikkonen’s afternoon session was more productive as he ended the day with the fourth fastest time with a 01:31.478s ending the day just over one tenth of a second behind his team mate.
Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest in the second Mercedes while the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg did a great job for the Enstone outfit as the German ended the day in 6th place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa.
Max Verstappen was eighth fastest for Red Bull Racing ending the day just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean while Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten for Toro Rosso.
Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas was 11th fastest just ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon while Jolyon Palmer was 13th fastest. Fernando Alonso was 14th fastest in the afternoon session having ended the opening session this morning in eighth place. Sergio Perez was 15th fastest just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll who impressed in the opening session this morning ending up just behind his team mate Felipe Massa in seventh place.
Marcus Ericsson was 17th fastest for the Sauber F1 Team while Carlos Sainz was 18th quickest for Toro Rosso.
On his Formula One return with the Sauber F1 Team, Pascal Wehrlein ended the day in 19th place while Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the order in 20th place.