The second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain saw the Honda-powered teams continue their positive momentum, with Pierre second fastest while Sergio made his Red Bull Racing debut.
After the sandstorm that make Friday so challenging, Saturday provided better track conditions but there was still a strong wind to keep the drivers on their toes. Sergio took over from Max in the Red Bull for the full day while Scuderia AlphaTauri opted to split running once again, with Yuki driving in the morning and Pierre in the afternoon.
Sergio’s day was another productive one as he was able to ensure Red Bull exceeded the 100-lap mark for the second day in a row, completing 117 laps. With a best time of 1:31.682, Sergio was eighth overall but unlike all of the drivers ahead of him he did not set a time on either of the softest two compounds.
At AlphaTauri the day started with more mileage for Yuki after an interrupted Friday, and he was able to start trying different tyre compounds to understand the differences, changing between the various options in the Pirelli range. 57 laps were possible in the morning with a best time of 1:32.684, leaving him 11th overall at the end of the day.
Pierre then took over after lunch and did some long runs as we showed more strong reliability, before the latter stages under the floodlights allowed for some soft tyre running in cooler conditions. Pierre’s best time came on the softest compound and was a 1:30.413, while his impressive total of 87 laps made for an overall team total of 144, which is equal best out of all the teams.
In this short testing programme, the final day will see both teams sharing the workload across both drivers as we look to wrap-up a productive weekend ahead of the 2021 season.