Russell completes practice sweep, Bottas 11th after quickest time deleted · RaceFans

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Mercedes newcomer George Russell stayed on top in the second practice session for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

However team mate Valtteri Bottas set a quicker time which was deleted after he exceeded track limits at turn eight.

Bottas’s deleted time – a 54.506 – would have put him first in the order. Russell estimated his team mate only gained around five-hundredths of a second, indicated he could have been faster.

Max Verstappen was second-fastest, just over a tenth back from Russell. He was followed by Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, with his team mate Alexander Albon three tenths behind.

Ferrari’s promising showing in the first practice session was not replicated in the second. Charles Leclerc suffered a total loss of drive early on in the session, rolling into the pit lane from turn eight and having to be pushed back to Ferrari’s garage after stopping near the weighbridge. He was unable to complete any more running in the session after the team diagnosed a problem with his driveshaft.

That left Sebastian Vettel to continue the Scuderia’s programme. His session was blighted by understeer and included more than one spin, the most dramatic of which saw him slide across the track in front of Kevin Magnussen between turns five and six. He ended the evening 16th, Ferrari last out of all 10 teams.

Kimi Raikkonen also visited the gravel early in the session. The Alfa Romeo driver locked up his rear tyres so severely the anti-stall system kicked in.

McLaren also suffered a difficult session. Lando Norris reported floor damage after half an hour then returned to the pits for the rest of second practice, bar an abortive qualifying run when he lost hybrid power. Carlos Sainz Jnr managed more running but also suffered a loss of gear mapping in the final half an hour.

AlphaTauri had looked strong in first practice but sipped back in the second. A pained-sounding Pierre Gasly reported a piece of gravel had struck his finger hard during the last 10 minutes.

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Second practice visual gaps

George Russell – 0’54.713

+0.128 Max Verstappen – 0’54.841

+0.153 Sergio Perez – 0’54.866

+0.227 Esteban Ocon – 0’54.940

+0.323 Alexander Albon – 0’55.036

+0.355 Daniil Kvyat – 0’55.068

+0.391 Lance Stroll – 0’55.104

+0.411 Daniel Ricciardo – 0’55.124

+0.420 Pierre Gasly – 0’55.133

+0.545 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 0’55.258

+0.608 Valtteri Bottas – 0’55.321

+0.771 Kimi Raikkonen – 0’55.484

+0.820 Antonio Giovinazzi – 0’55.533

+1.025 Kevin Magnussen – 0’55.738

+1.071 Nicholas Latifi – 0’55.784

+1.117 Sebastian Vettel – 0’55.830

+1.318 Lando Norris – 0’56.031

+1.397 Pietro Fittipaldi – 0’56.110

+1.547 Jack Aitken – 0’56.260

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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