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Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C43
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Formula 1 Bahrain February Testing
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What we learned on day two of F1 testing in Bahrain

An unexpected face topped the timesheets on day two of the Bahrain pre-season test, his time showing that the 2023 Formula 1 cars are looking faster than their predecessors. Why is this the case, and where does the grid stand with one final day of testing remaining? Here's what we learned from day two

The second day of 2023 Formula 1 pre-season testing revealed one thing conclusively at the Bahrain International Circuit: the new machines are already faster than their predecessors, the first cars of the championship’s new ground-effects era.

But it wasn’t a typical big hitter that came away with the leading time on day two of the desert action on Friday – instead the leading lap was completed by Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu. His 1m31.610s came during a flying effort with just 30 minutes of the day left to run and deposed long-time second-session-leader Max Verstappen.

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