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Bahrain Test Day 2: Bottas finishes on top, Honda makes gains
The big story Wednesday on the final day of the Bahrain in-season Formula 1 test testing at Bahrain wasn't that Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel, that was a given because the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes remains the fastest car in F1.

The big story was McLaren and Honda, which we will get to shortly.

Bottas set his best lap of 1m31.280s in the final hour as the sun went down and the asphalt cooled.

Vettel  to set the second best time of 1m31.574s but his day was interrupted by several issues with the car.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr ended the day third fastest, but it was Stoffel Vandoorne and McLaren that had a really good day.

For the first time of the year McLaren and Honda had a trouble-free day of testing. Is it going to snow in the desert tonight?

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier called it the "best day" of testing that the team had enjoyed so far this year.

Vandoorne was able to set a lap of 1m32.108s - just eight tenths off Bottas's best lap of the day, and completed 81 laps - well over a race distance.


1Valtteri BottasMercedes/Mercedes1m31.280s0.000s143
2Sebastian VettelFerrari/Ferrari1m31.574s0.294s64
3Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m31.884s0.604s68
4Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1m32.108s0.828s81
5Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m32.120s0.840s88
6Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m32.142s0.862s60
7Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m32.213s0.933s61
8Gary PaffettWilliams/Mercedes1m32.253s0.973s126
9Sergey SirotkinRenault/Renault1m32.287s1.007s90
10Pierre GaslyRed Bull/Renault1m32.568s1.288s65
11Pascal WehrleinSauber/Ferrari1m34.462s3.182s91
12Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m35.015s3.735s70
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