Raikkonen shines brightest under floodlights in second F1 practice

Raikkonen shines brightest under floodlights in second F1 practice

Manama, Apr. 6 (BNA): Kimi Raikkonen lifted Ferrari to the top of the second practice timesheet on Friday evening as racing heated up under cooler conditions 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

Manama, Apr. 6 (BNA): Kimi Raikkonen lifted Ferrari to the top of the second practice timesheet on Friday evening as racing heated up under cooler conditions 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) in Sakhir. 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 their rivals Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton from World champions Mercedes. Bottas finished 0.563s behind the leader in third while Hamilton was 0.655s off pace in fourth.

The Red Bull Racing pair of Max Verstappen and practice one leader Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six. They 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.

Norris storms to season-opening pole in Formula 2

Lando Norris claimed pole position on Friday night as he shone brightly under the stars in the FIA Formula 2 Championship’s season-opening qualifying run.

Norris registered a best lap of 1 minute 41.761 seconds to take the top of the timesheet following a highly competitive qualifying.

Fellow-Briton George Russell of ART Grand Prix followed in second position just 0.062 seconds adrift, while Alexander Albon of DAMS came third 0.089s back.

Nyck de Vries of Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing was ranked fourth 0.119s from the top, while Louis Deletraz of Charouz Racing System claimed fifth 0.413s off the pole-winning pace.

The first Formula 2 feature race of the new season is scheduled for Saturday at 1.10pm. The result will determine the grid for Sunday’s sprint race.

Al Zubair takes double pole and sets sight on Porsche GT3 title

Al Faisal Al Zubair of Oman captured pole position for both of this weekend’s races in the season’s final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, being held in support of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Al Zubair topped the qualifying timesheet with a best overall lap time of 2 minutes 03.887 seconds. His second-best time of 2:04.021 was then good enough to claim the leading grid position for race two.

The double pole put Al Zubair in prime position to win the overall drivers’ title. He is currently just two points behind championship leader Tom Oliphant of Great Britain, who is not competing in the championship finale.

Classified second overall in qualifying was Briton Glynn Geddie with a lap of 2:03.899. Dutchman Charlie Frijns came third with a best time of 2:04.216.

The Team Bahrain pairing of His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa were fourth and fifth, respectively. HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla’s best lap was 2:04.258 and Shaikh Isa bin Salman’s top mark was 2:04.546.

Daniel Lu of China was sixth completing the front three rows for race one.

For race two, starting alongside Al Zubair will be HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla. Frijns and Shaikh Isa bin Salman make up row two, while in row three will be Geddie and France’s Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer. The race two grid positions were determined by each driver’s second-fastest time in qualifying.

The weekend’s first Porsche GT3 race is scheduled for Saturday at 11.55am.

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