F1: Alonso dominates the second free practice; 'Checo' finishes third

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The second free practice (FP2) of the Bahrain Grand Prix ended with the veteran Spanish pilot of Aston Martin, Fernando Alonsoas the fastest both in the fast laps, with a time of 1:30.907as in the race events, constantly keeping the time below the 1:37.00.

the pilots of Red Bullthe dutch max verstappenand the Mexican Sergio 'Checo' Perezcompleted the Friday's top threewith a minimum difference of two thousandths between the two, consistently setting low times but which were not enough to surpass the 41-year-old two-time champion.

The first to take the track for the second round was the Canadian Lance Strollwho after a wrist injury, saw his first official tours on Friday morning at the FP1and marked the first reference with a time of 1:33.624but that kept him only seconds ahead.

After 10 minutes, the two Ferrari They showed themselves superior to their rivals, with leclerc in the lead, already surpassing the best time of the first practice (1:32.758) of the Mexican Sergio 'Checo' Perezand marking 1:31.84329.612 tenths faster than his partner Carlos Sainz.

The initial fastest lap of perez it was worth the fifth fastest time at the moment, but his spin was compromised after Sainz drove at low speed through the middle of the track and forced the Mexican to block the tire and lose the good rhythm.

After the first half of the second practice day on Friday, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso cemented his position as a podium contender in Saturday's qualifying, stealing the lead and beating max verstappen (Red Bull) already 'Czech', the best three in the first half hour.

leclerc fell to fourth position, while Nico Hulkenberg (Haas), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasley (Alpha Tauri) surprised among the best seven with half a batch to run yet.

In the second half several teams resorted to the race data collection on Sunday, changing the fast laps by race pace testswhich are slower but more consistent in the turns of the pilots.

In race conditions the dominance of alonso was maintained, exceeding the average time by max verstappencurrent champion of the Formula 1leaving the English and Austrian teams the only ones that consistently turned under 1:37.00.

However, already in the last minutes, the Red Bull more were shown firm in markingsforecasting a tight but interesting race on Sunday between the world champion team and the biggest surprise in the first week of the season (Aston Martin).

The second free Bahrain GP ended as follows:

1. Fernando Alonso ESP (Aston Martin)
2. max verstappen NED (Red Bull)
3. Sergio Perez MEX (Red Bull)
4. charles leclerc Mon (Ferrari)
5. Nico Hulkenberg Ger (Haas)
6. Lance Stroll ESP (Aston Martin)
7. Pierre Gasley FRA (Alpine)
8. lewis hamilton GBR (Mercedes)
9. Lando Norris GBR (McLaren)
10. guanyu zhou CHN (Alfa Romeo)
eleven. Esteban Ocon FRA (Alpine)
12. Valtteri Bottas END (Alfa Romeo)
13. George Russell GBR (Mercedes)
14. Carlos Sainz ESP (Ferrari)
fifteen. Oscar Piastri AUS (McLaren)
16. Kevin Magnussen DIN (Haas)
17. alexander albon TAI (Williams)
18. Yuki Tsunoda JPN (Alpha Tauri)
19. nyck devries NED (Alpha Tauri)
twenty. logan sergeant USA (Williams)

He Big prize inaugural of calendar 2023 will continue the Saturday with the third free practice at 05:30 a.m., Central Mexico time, and with the classification at 09:00 hours. The careerwhich will award the first points of the year, will run on Sunday at 09:00 in the morning.

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