Mercedes continues to dominate the in-season testing in Bahrain this time Valtteri Bottas set the quickest time of the day with a lap of 1:31.280 around the Sakhir Circuit.
"Today was very good." said Bottas "We got so much running done. We were focusing all-day on the long-run pace, which was a bit of a problem for us on Sunday compared to Ferrari. We did some interesting tests to try and improve both the tire life and the race pace. We have definitely got plenty to analyze tonight. I think I learned a few tricks today as well. To stay here in Bahrain for a test after two back to back races is tough, but the guys have done a great job over these two days of testing. Now we head home for a few days before the next race in Russia."
Sebastian Vettel was three tenths of a second off Bottas' time however Vettel logging just 64 laps as he spent a significant portion of the day in the garage.
Ferrari had brought Vettel to the garage during the morning session for a set-up change but work on the car revealed hydraulic leaks. Vettel then lost more time in the afternoon when data logging problems sidelined him.
“It would be nice to have done even more,” said Vettel at the end of the day. “But today we had a few little problems in the morning, which is normal for testing and then, in the afternoon, we lost some time when there was an electrical black-out in our garage.”
Third quickest was Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz just six tenths behind Bottas.
McLaren enjoyed a much more successful outing with Stoffel Vandoorne completing 81 laps and setting the day’s fourth-quickest lap of 1:32.108, just under a second off the pace of Mercedes.
The Haas team evaluate brakes supplied by Carbone Industrie with Kevin Magnusse setting the day’s fifth-fastest time of 1:32.120.
“We got some good laps in, some good testing today." said Magnussen "There should be some interesting stuff for the coming races. Some of the work we did today was a bit of a carryover from yesterday with Romain, but we did some new stuff as well, which was good. All in all, it’s been a productive day.”
Force India’s Esteban Ocon was sixth, Daniil Kvyat was seventh, eighth place went to Williams tester Gary Paffett, while Sergey Sirotkin was ninth was Renault.
Red Bull Junior Program driver Pierre Gasly took from Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel of Red Bull Racing’s RB13 however the team was restricted to the garage for a long period in the afternoon while it fixed an exhaust issue. The length delay meant Gasly completed 65 laps and finishing 10th ahead of Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein and Force India’s Sergio Perez.
Formula One In-Season Test, Bahrain – Day Two - Best Lap Time - Laps Completed
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.280s - 143
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.574s 0.294s 64
3 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:31.884s 0.604s 68
4 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:32.108s 0.828s 81
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.120s 0.840s 88
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:32.142s 0.862s 60
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:32.213s 0.933s 61
8 Gary Paffett Williams 1:32.253s 0.973s 126
9 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1:32.287s 1.007s 90
10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:32.568s 1.288s 65
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:34.462s 3.182s 91
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.015s 3.735s 70
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