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What we learned on day two of 2024 F1 testing in Bahrain

An eventful second day of running in Bahrain Formula 1 pre-season testing ended with Ferrari leading the charge with Carlos Sainz. Here's everything we learned as testing for 2024 hit the midway mark

A tepid start to Formula 1's pre-season running (at least from an entertainment standpoint) had offered much in the way of tentative track action. But there were few surprises and even fewer typical testing interruptions on day one, bar a brief yellow flag for Alex Albon's wayward Williams, on the opening day.

Thankfully, the second day was a bit more eventful, which sounds oxymoronic next to the 40-minute loss of test time. Track repairs forced a hiatus in, and subsequent non-resumption of, the 'morning' session and forced teams to adapt and improvise with their run plans. The extended afternoon/evening running largely went without a hitch and even ended with a flourish amid a test of the safety car functions - a rolling start led to a brief dice between Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, and Sergio Perez amid a shower of sparks. It was fun while it lasted.

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