Verstappen does the dirty work in Bahrain


Max Verstappen worked up a big sweat in the Bahrain desert after pushing his broken-down car back to the garage.

But before attention turned to this weekend’s action, Formula 1 bosses revealed their latest vision to all 10 teams in the paddock on Friday morning.

It was not the best start to the weekend for Max Verstappen and Red Bull as his car came to a grinding halt within the first five minutes of FP1.

The Dutchman did the dirty work to help push the car back.

Turn 8 was also proving problematic for Lance Stroll and Charles Leclerc, who thankfully only suffered minor spins.

At the halfway stage of FP1, it was a usual suspect out in front…

Yet Hamilton was unable to put a clean lap together on supersoft tyres, the softs took a bit of a pasting too.

Leaving Daniel Ricciardo to seize the initiative and set the early pace in Bahrain.

It was a nightmare start to the weekend for Sergio Perez and Force India as a whole with the team’s two drivers bottom of the timesheets bar Verstappen.

After a solid start to the weekend, McLaren were looking forward to FP2.

The afternoon’s pace-setter Daniel Ricciardo hopped (over the Halo) and back into his RB14 ready for the start of second practice.

The sun set and the lights came into effect at the Bahrain International circuit with Romain Grosjean in the obligatory scenic shot.

Vettel sparks it up under the lights.

Outside the top ten, Carlos Sainz was left to ponder what Renault could do to improve.

Verstappen didn’t always get it right…

It was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who finished quickest of all with a 1:29.817.

But his session ended like this…