The session marked the official return of Fernando Alonso to F1, having recovered from a February cycling accident
By Yuri Coghe
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap on the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, with Lance Stroll finishing third and Nicholas Latifi completing 132 laps with Williams – the most of any driver on Saturday.
The Finn drove 58 laps after only adding six to his name on Friday due to gearbox issues, but Mercedes had another eventful day as Lewis Hamilton caused a red flag after a spin in the morning session.
The defendant champion eventually came back to complete a total of 58 laps.
Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, faced gearbox issues in the morning and could only complete 10 laps. Aston Martin solved it for Lance Stroll’s afternoon run, in which the Canadian set the third-fastest time of the day.
Pierre Gasly came second, with Lando Norris and Antonio Giovinazzi finishing fourth and fifth.
Nicholas Latifi took over the Williams car for Saturday and completed 132 laps, the most of every driver on the second day of pre-season testing and good news to his team in terms of car reliability.
The Canadian set the seventh-fastest time of the day and spun once when sharing a turn with a slow Charles Leclerc. His teammate George Russell will take over the Williams for Sunday’s sessions.
The session also marked the official return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to F1, having recovered from a February cycling accident.
He will race with titanium plates in his jaw for the whole season, and said it won’t cause discomfort when driving. The Alpine driver, who finished 10th in his return, might still require further surgery at the end of the year.
Sunday’s sessions will complete the pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Check the full results of the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain below: