The second day of pre-season testing at the Sakhir circuit witnessed the emergence of a surprise Alfa Romeo Chu Guanyu. Indeed, the Chinese, in addition to completing an authentic marathon with more than 130 laps, also indulged in quite a whim to close this second day with the best time ever, as they managed – with the softest rubber compound at their disposal – to ridicule the Red Bull 40 part of thousandths of a second Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman couldn’t complete the ‘double’ after yesterday’s best time, but he was still a great protagonist today thanks to a series of very convincing simulations over the long haul. Then he entered again to complete the virtual platform Fernando Alonso, second yesterday and third today, half a second behind Verstappen. Asturian’s results continue to position Aston Martin as a potential contender for the race to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, which was captured by Alpine last year.
The top five is completed by two more surprises: AlphaTauri’s Nyck De Vries and Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas, confirming that the battle between the mid-group teams promises to be a draw once again in particular. Ferrari appears first in the era classification in only sixth place and is from Carlos Sainz, author of The Best Time in the Morning. But above all, it was what gave redhead lovers hope Charles Locklear In the evening. Not so much for his best time, one second behind Verstappen, but for the long haul on the C1 tyres, which seemed particularly fast and consistent.
The surprising thing came between the two Ferrari drivers williams by Workaholic Sergeant, author of 154 Rolls. Instead, Mercedes disappointed, among the top ten (completed by Piastri and Gasly) with both Russell and Hamilton, and were also forced to suffer a hydraulic knockout in the afternoon, when the No. 63 was at a W14 wheel.
F1/Test Bahrain 2023, day two standings
|POS.||pilot||a team||time and mix||Separation||turns up|
|1||g. Chu||Alfa Romeo||1:31,610 (C 5)||133|
|2||M. Verstappen||Red Bull||1:31,650 (c3)||+0.040||47|
|3||F. Alonso||Aston Martin||1:32,205 (c3)||+0.595.0000.00||130|
|4||no. defries||alpha tori||1:32222 (c4)||+0.612||74|
|5||no. Hulkenberg||Haas||1:32,466 (c4)||+0.856||68|
|12||And the. or with||Alps||1:33490||+1,880||49|
|14||street. Perez||Red Bull||1:33751||+2,141||76|
|17||s. Tsunoda||alpha tori||1:35,708||+4,098||85|
Tomorrow the exams will reach their climax with the third and final day. Just like yesterday and today, departure at 8 and checkered flag at 17.30.
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