The second day of testing in Bahrain had plenty of action to offer. Alpine showed off its all-pink car for the first time. At Williams, a spectacular fire broke out in the rear of the car. We have collected the highlights of the day for you in the gallery.
In Bahrain, the penultimate round of testing started on Friday (11.3.). Things are slowly getting serious for the ten teams. The countdown to the start of the season in the coming week is ticking down relentlessly. No one can really afford to have big problems anymore. But there are still a few problem children when it comes to reliability.
On the second day of testing, Williams and Haas only got out of the garage three quarters of an hour late. Unfortunately, it was only a brief pleasure at Williams afterwards. The car hadn't even been running for an hour when the brakes in Nicholas Latifi's rear suddenly overheated. The pilot tried to bring his racer to the pits, but then the fairing suddenly caught fire.
The Canadian had to park his company car at the side of the track. Despite hastily fetched fire extinguishers, half the rear of the new Williams burned down. The engineers would have gladly dispensed with the spectacular images. But such incidents are better now than at the first Grand Prix.
Alpine all in pink
The Alpine also attracted attention on Friday morning. The car debuted in an all-pink livery. So far, the factory racer has always been in the traditional blue look. Main sponsor BWT paid a few million to have Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso start in the first two races of the season in the eye-catching foil.
Of course, as always, we take a closer look at the technology in our gallery. Ferrari came out with a new underbody on Friday that looks strikingly similar to the McLaren. We also took a few new pictures of the upgrade package on the Mercedes. In the slideshow we bring you updated footage from the track in Bahrain throughout the day.