Christian Lundgaard (1:41.697) showed to be in great shape also on the second day of pre-season testing, putting the team ART Grand Prix on top ahead of Bent Viscaal just 0.4s behind (1:42.028).
Already in the morning, the Alpine junior driver showed some good pace, setting the first fastest laps of the session.
The session was briefly stopped due to a problem with Alessio Deledda’s car, which stopped at the final corner. As soon as it was removed, Théo Pourchaire showed his great talent, climbing the standings up to P3. Later though, the French driver dropped back in P7 (1:42.347), while Marcus Armstrong (1:42.038)occupied the third spot in the standings.
Just in front of Armstrong, there was Viscaal, who ran a solid stint without any problem, putting Trident in the top three.
Liam Lawson (1:42.256) secured a great P4 with the other Red Bull driver, Jüri Vips, in P6 (1:42.299). Between them, it was Shwarztman in P5 (1:42.257). Behind the previously mentioned drivers, the top ten were completed by Roy Nissany (1:42.419), Oscar Piastri (1:42.462), and Marino Sato (1:42.997).
After a break, the afternoon session went underway without any problem.
Since the teams focused on the qualifying runs in the morning, in the afternoon the attention was more on the race pace. Therefore, the drivers performed some long-runs.
The session was then interrupted by a red flag, caused by Gianluca Petecof who stopped at Turn 13. The other two red flags were waved in the air during the hot afternoon in Bahrain. This time the session stopped due to Lawson and Guanyu Zhou, that both stopped on track.
There were no changes in the standings during the afternoon, which meant that Lungaard was ahead of everyone on the second day of testing.
The testing will continue on Wednesday, March 10.