Sakhir GP: Pressure mounts on Bottas as Russell tops FP2

George Russell topped the second free practice session of the weekend while teammate Valtteri Bottas languished in eleventh, again looking under pressure.

Max Verstappen was second and only a tenth behind Russell but both he and Red Bull teammate Alex Albon (who placed fifth) reported struggles with understeer over the radio.

Sergio Perez completed the podium, despite a comedy moment where part of his onboard camera fell into the cockpit of his Racing Point and he asked if he could dispose of it on the track.

Russell struggled with tyre degradation on his soft tyre long runs, dropping eight tenths per lap to his teammate, but the pair were split by less than a tenth on the hards.

Bottas did go faster than Russell but had his lap time deleted for a minor track limits infringement, with his engineer saying he was struggling to keep it within the limits at turn eight. He took a trip to the gravel at turn five late on in the session.

Pietro Fittipaldi once again led Jack Aitken in the rookie battle, although both of them had a better time of it than FP1. The Brit was the only driver to go for over 50 laps, while Fittipaldi.

Charles Leclerc was the only driver to suffer significant trouble, having to retire after only two laps and no competitive time on the board due to a driveshaft issue. Lando Norris also had power unit trouble and was restricted to 14 laps.

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Leclerc crawled back to the pits and was put up on the stand, with the Monegasque not reappearing for the rest of the session.

Esteban Ocon was fourth, and Daniil Kvyat backed up his strong performance in FP1 by running sixth.

Lance Stroll was seventh in a good showing for Racing Point, in their battle for third place in the constructors’ championship. and also had Lance Stroll seventh.

Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t fired so far this weekend and will hope to improve on his eighth place tomorrow, while Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz completed the top ten.