Checo Pérez is surpassed by Carlos Sainz on the second day of testing in Bahrain – La Opinion

Checo Pérez is surpassed by Carlos Sainz on the second day of testing in Bahrain – La Opinion

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On his first day of testing, since he did not participate on Wednesday, the Mexican driver of Formula 1 Sergio Perez flew on the Bahrain runway; However, his effort was not enough to finish as the leader in practice, since Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz surpassed him by thousandths of a second.

And the drivers of the Formula 1 cars are already warming up their engines, since The 2024 season starts on March 2 and no one wants to be left behind, so from now on they begin to take their first runs 10 days before on the circuit that will inaugurate the campaign.

Sainz29 years old, with two victories and 18 podiums in F1, in which he faces his tenth season – his last with Ferrari -, set the best time during this Thursday’s session by covering, with the soft compound tire (C3) and in the best of its 84 laps, the 5,412 meters of the circuit on the outskirts of Manama in one minute, 29 seconds and 921 thousandths. Exactly 758 less than “Czech”, 34, who rode throughout the day, repeated the layout of the track 129 times on which he obtained the first of his six victories in the honor division of motorsports; and he set his fastest lap of the day with the medium compound (C4).

The triple world champion Max Verstappena teammate of the Mexican, who will be looking for a fourth title in a row, did not ride this Thursday, on a day in which Sainz improved by almost a second and a half the best time that the Dutch star had set during the first day of testing. ‘Mad Max’ will return to the track this Fridaywhen he shares the RB20 with the best driver in the history of Mexico.

Alonso – who was only able to do 31 laps with his new AMR24 in the morning, in a session interrupted with a red flag and which was not resumed with more than an hour to go – was registered twelfth in the time table.

The 42-year-old Asturian double world champion, who achieved three of his 32 F1 victories on this track, set his best time with medium compound tires; and she was three seconds and 132 thousandths behind his compatriot.

The seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who from 2025 will replace Sainz at Ferrari – who has not yet announced which team he will race for next year -, marked the third time of the day.

Sir Lewis, also the all-time record holder for victories (103) and pole positions (104) in Formula One, who had not done so on Wednesday, rode this time for the full day, in both sessions. The spectacular and eccentric champion from Stevenage, 39 years old, completed a total of 123 laps, in the best of which he was, with the medium compound, one second and 145 thousandths behind Sainz.

Hamilton was the protagonist in the morning session, in which in one of the ‘piano’ prior to the eleventh of the fifteen corners of Sakhir he hit the cover of a manhole, which jumped and damaged the Ferrari of Monegasque Charles Leclerc – the teammate – shortly afterwards. de Sainz-, whose background had to be changed.

From that moment on, the red flag waved and the session was interrupted, before being declared concluded, with more than an hour remaining.

Leclerc, with a time of one minute, 31 seconds and 750 thousandths, 578 less than the Australian Oscar Piastri (McLaren), topped the time sheet of the first session, like the previous one, with the soft tire.

At the time the interruption and subsequent cancellation of the first act was announced, “Checo” was marking the fourth time; and Alonso the fifth.

The brave driver from Guadalajara would return to the track and with 129 he would end up being the hardest worker, surpassing those of Hamilton in six laps and those of the American Loris Sargeant (Williams) in twelve – along with the previous two, the only driver who repeated sessions. The brilliant Asturian driver, who last year, with eight podiums in his first year with Aston Martin, raised his number of ‘drawers’ in the premier category to 106, would no longer ride.

The early conclusion of the first session caused it to be decided that the second would start an hour earlier and be sixty minutes longer. Which, obviously, benefited those who rode in the evening, who had more time than their teammates. Except for Leclerc, who Ferrari took back to the track to complete his program with another 18 laps that he added to the 36 that he had done before the accident.

“Checo” rose to second place in the time table, but he could not improve on a very solid Sainz, who last year captured the only victory that the very dominant Red Bull did not score., which changed the initial plans and decided that the Mexican – who did not do so on Wednesday – would shoot during the entire day on Thursday, instead of doing so on Friday; when he will share the RB20 with Verstappen.

Leclerc finished the day with the sixth time – with the medium tire -, one second and eight tenths behind his talented teammate from Madrid; and just behind the Australian Daniel Riccciardo, who, aboard the Visa Cash App RB, which last year was the Alpha Tauri – heir to the Toro Rosso – did not repeat Wednesday’s fourth place by just one place.

Ricciardo was one second and 44 hundredths behind Sainz, in the same session and with the same compound as Sainz: the soft one.

The Englishman Lando Norris (McLaren) registered fourth in the timing list. Born 24 years ago in Bristol – with thirteen podiums, but still looking for his first victory in F1 – the skilled Briton, who took to the track in the second session, was one second and three tenths behind Sainz, his former teammate in the Woking team. Who, apart from a good friendship, is joined by a great rivalry, which extends to the golf courses.

Canadian Lance Stroll, Alonso’s teammate at Aston Martin, was in charge of lapping the green car during the second session, in which he had much more time to familiarize himself with the AMR24 than the new flagship of the Silverstone team ( England).

The Montreal driver turned 96 times – tripling Fernando’s kilometers – and, with the medium, set the seventh time of the day, two seconds and one tenth behind Carlos.

This Friday, Stroll and Alonso will reverse their starting order on the track. The team owner’s son will ride in the morning; while the Spanish star will do so in the evening-night session.

Sainz will spin in the first act; and Leclerc will drive in the afternoon, during the last day of testing, which will close exactly one week before the first qualifying of a World Championship scheduled for 24 races.

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