Making a refreshing change from his usual results, George Russell enjoyed a fastest time for Mercedes during day two of in-season F1 testing.
With the weather in Bahrain finally taking a turn for the better, the Formula One field spent plenty of time pounding round the Bahrain International Circuit as Formula One in-season testing draws to a conclusion today. With 16 drivers setting a time during a full day of uninterrupted running, it would be Mercedes junior and Williams 2019 race driver George Russell who wound up fastest of all - the reigning Formula Two champion having a very solid outing in the Silver Arrow as he completed his duties with the squad, making little in the way of mistakes on his way to completing an impressive 101 laps in the championship leading machine.
F1 Testing Day One - Read up on how the opening in-season test progressed HERE.
While Russell was on duty for Mercedes, Williams would take the opportunity to offer some seat time to their reserve driver Nicolas Latifi, the youngster managing an equally impressive 100 lap total as Williams continue to investigate solutions to what has proven to be a troublesome new car this season.
Unfortunately and not surprisingly, Latifi would prop up the timesheets in terms of teams running a normal test programme, the Williams driver ahead of only McLaren's Carlos Sainz, who spent the morning portion of the test performing tests for tyre supplier Pirelli, running on experimental 2020 compound tyres before handing over to Fernando Alonso for the afternoon session.
Speaking of Alonso, the retired double World Champion would have another productive day in the car, amassing 69 laps on experimental rubber on his way to 11th overall. Driving the 2019 car for both days, Alonso professed to be impressed with the progress made by McLaren, declaring the new machine to be an improvement "in all areas" over the difficult 2018 predecessor.
Having made a high impact debut yesterday, Mick Schumacher would be back in action again on Wednesday as he swapped the Ferrari for that of the Alfa Romeo team, and arguably having an even more impressive session behind the wheel as he continues his Formula One education. Schumi Jr. would manage 70 laps en route to sixth place overall, again impressing many with a mature and solid performance in only his second time behind the wheel of a modern Formula One machine.
Another notable name today would be that of Dan Ticktum, the youngster making his test debut for Red Bull Racing. Already a double Macau Grand Prix winner, Ticktum had a solid session on the way to recording 135 laps and ninth best time. Ticktum’s quickest lap, recorded on the C4 tyre, would be enough to edge out the Romain Grosjean driven Haas F1 car at the tail of the top ten results.
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