Formula 1: Hamilton, Mercedes on top in FP2

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, Thursday – LAT Images

In a stark contrast to this afternoon’s session it was a Mercedes 1-2 lockout with 7-time Champion leading the way ahead of teammate George Russell and the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso in 3rdduring this evening’s FP2 Session.

Teams were predominately working on race runs through the 2nd half of the session, with Hamilton running a 12-lap stint to end his day of running, as teams were looking to lock down their soft tire running’s during the evening in order to mimic race conditions.

Hamilton’s fastest lap of 1:30.374 was the fastest lap of the day, 2.495s quicker than Ricciardo’s FP1 time and was set on the soft compound tires midway through the session as Mercedes and others ran early simulated Qualifying runs in the cooler temperatures. Lando Norris, who was 2nd in the first session today, was dead last on the timing sheets as his McLaren was hampered by electronic issues on his steering wheel as teammate Oscar Piastri finished the day 5th behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

WATCH: Ride onboard with Hamilton as he sets the fastest lap of Thursday in Bahrain

Max Verstappen set a time nearly half a second slower than Hamilton for the 6th fastest on the day ahead of the Haas of Nico Hulkenburg – who was 19th in FP1 – Lance Stroll, Charles LeClerc, and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in 10th.

As Thursday comes to a close, there are still many questions left un answered as teams will begin to set their cars for the Friday Qualifying session. Is Mercedes really back on top? Are Red Bull hiding their true pace? All that and more as we continue our first Grand Prix weekend of 2024.

Get ready for more on track action on Friday with Free Practice 3 and Qualifying.  Weekend Schedule is below.



DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Feb. 29thPractice 114:30 – 15:30
Practice 218:00 – 19:00
Mar. 1stPractice 315:30 – 16:30
Qualifying19:00 – 20:00
Mar. 2ndRace18:00

Free Practice 2 Results:

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:30.37425
263George RussellMERCEDES1:30.5800.206s23
314Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.6600.286s22
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:30.7690.395s25
581Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.7840.410s27
61Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.8510.477s25
727Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:30.8840.510s23
818Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.8910.517s26
916Charles LeclercFERRARI1:31.1130.739s26
1011Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:31.1150.741s26
1123Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.3330.959s26
123Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:31.5161.142s26
132Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.7151.341s27
1420Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:31.7641.390s27
1522Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:31.8811.507s29
1610Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:31.9511.577s25
1777Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:32.0011.627s24
1831Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:32.0271.653s25
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:32.0481.674s28
204Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:32.6082.234s25