Kimi Raikkonen lifted Ferrari to the top of the second practice timesheet on Friday evening as racing heated up under cooler temperatures at the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Raikkonen set the day’s fastest lap of 1 minute 29.817 seconds under the brilliant floodlights of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). His time was nearly two seconds quicker than the 1:31.458 he had clocked in practice one earlier on Friday.
The Finn led Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel on the session’s final classification. Vettel was a mere 0.011 seconds off Raikkonen’s pace.
Behind the leading pair were the rival duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton from World champions Mercedes. Bottas finished 0.563s behind the leader in third and Hamilton was 0.655s off pace in fourth.
The Red Bull Racing pair of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six. Ricciardo had earlier led practice one.
The top six were all within a second of one another, showing how tightly knit Formula 1’s big three are early on in the season.
Classified seventh through 10th, respectively, in practice two were Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso, and Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, both of McLaren.
Formula 1 action resumes son Saturday afternoon with a third practice session. It will be held from 3pm for an hour, after which Qualifying will take place from 6pm to 7pm.