A rookie driver topped pre-season testing for the second day in a row at Sakhir, as Hitech Grand Prix’s Isack Hadjar set the fastest lap in the morning session to beat ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins and Trident’s Jonny Edgar.

Martins dominated the majority of the opening session but saw his best lap beaten by the Frenchman, whose time of 1:47.516 was just under a tenth faster.

Despite missing out on the top spot in the morning, Martins did finish first in the afternoon stint, setting a 1:48.250 to beat Trident’s Roman Staněk and Hadjar.


The second morning began in scorching heat, but that didn’t stop the field from heading onto the circuit at the first opportunity. Martins set the benchmark at 1:47.602 ahead of Edgar in the early stages before a series of long runs.

Martins remained up front for the majority of the session, but his time was eventually eclipsed by Red Bull-backed Hadjar, who went 0.086s quicker. That bumped Martins down to P2 and the Trident of Edgar down to third.

ART rookie Gregoire Saucy - who dominated post-season testing in Valencia last year - put in the most laps on the morning of Day 2, completing 45 runs overall.

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Martins finished second in the morning and first in the afternoon
Martins finished second in the morning and first in the afternoon

After missing Day 1 due to an inconclusive Covid test, Juan Manuel Correa was cleared to hit the track on Wednesday and the ART racer wasted little time, putting himself in the top five and setting the joint-second most laps, with 43.

Trident’s Zane Maloney beat MP Motorsport’s Alex Smolyar to sixth as Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan made the top 10 for the first time in Sakhir, placing eighth.

PREMA Racing’s Jak Crawford and Jenzer Motorsport’s William Alatalo completed the top 10, who were all separated by less than half a second.


The afternoon saw a mixture of long runs and fast laps as the session began in hot conditions but cooled as the day wore on. The leader switched several times in the opening hour before László Tóth settled into first place with a steady time of 1:50.540.

Francesco Pizzi knocked his Charouz teammate off the top of the table when the laptimes began to tumble, but he didn’t remain there for long, as Van Amersfoort’s Franco Colapinto and PREMA’s Olli Bearman each enjoyed spells in first, although both fell out of the top 10 in the final half an hour.

Hadjar continued his promising Day 2 form by breaking the 1m 49s barrier, but it was Martins who took control of the session, dropping a 1:48.250 to jump up to the top of the leaderboard.

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Staněk dove between the two of them for second place, just over a tenth behind Martins. Saucy took fourth, ahead of Smolyar, Kaylen Frederick and Caio Collet.

Edgar was the busiest man in the afternoon, completing 43 laps before a minor collision between Ido Cohen and Correa brought out a Red Flag and ended the session prematurely.

During his 43 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit, Edgar managed to set the eighth fastest time of the afternoon, finishing ahead of O’Sullivan and Kush Maini.

The final day of pre-season testing will begin at 9am (local time) on Friday.

Saucy completed the most laps on the second day of testing with 82 in total
Saucy completed the most laps on the second day of testing with 82 in total


1Isack HadjarHitech Grand Prix1:47.51630
2Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:47.60243
3Jonny EdgarTrident1:47.62930
4Grégoire SaucyART Grand Prix1:47.80445
5Juan Manuel CorreaART Grand Prix1:47.83443
6Zane MaloneyTrident1:47.90433
7Alexander SmolyarMP Motorsport1:47.90517
8Zak O’SullivanCarlin1:47.91828
9Jak CrawfordPREMA Racing1:47.93332
10William AlataloJenzer Motorsport1:47.99431
11Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:48.02434
12Roman StanekTrident1:48.04427
13Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:48.14027
14Franco ColapintoVan Amersfoort Racing1:48.26529
15Oliver BearmanPREMA Racing1:48.26931
16Kaylen FrederickHitech Grand Prix1:48.31624
17Patrik PasmaJenzer Motorsport1:48.39931
18Kush MainiMP Motorsport1:48.44322
19Ido CohenJenzer Motorsport1:48.50526
20Hunter YeanyCampos Racing1:48.54827
21Reece UshijimaVan Amersfoort Racing1:48.59025
22Brad BenavidesCarlin1:48.80731
23Ayrton SimmonsCharouz Racing System1:48.91527
24Josep María MartíCampos Racing1:48.97927
25Nazim AzmanHitech Grand Prix1:49.02036
26David VidalesCampos Racing1:49.05913
27László TóthCharouz Racing System1:49.06417
28Rafael VillagómezVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.08323
29Francesco PizziCharouz Racing System1:49.97617
30Enzo TrulliCarlin----


1Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:48.25036
2Roman StanekTrident1:48.37934
3Isack HadjarHitech Grand Prix1:48.49038
4Grégoire SaucyART Grand Prix1:48.62237
5Alexander SmolyarMP Motorsport1:48.69734
6Kaylen FrederickHitech Grand Prix1:48.76919
7Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:48.95327
8Jonny EdgarTrident1:49.11343
9Zak O’SullivanCarlin1:49.11633
10Kush MainiMP Motorsport1:49.14735
11Oliver BearmanPREMA Racing1:49.16232
12Zane MaloneyTrident1:49.19039
13Franco ColapintoVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.24931
14Ido CohenJenzer Motorsport1:49.28724
15Patrik PasmaJenzer Motorsport1:49.32122
16Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:49.36032
17Josep María MartíCampos Racing1:49.38931
18Juan Manuel CorreaART Grand Prix1:49.42934
19William AlataloJenzer Motorsport1:49.48421
20Reece UshijimaVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.52834
21Jak CrawfordPREMA Racing1:49.55328
22Ayrton SimmonsCharouz Racing System1:49.55334
23Hunter YeanyCampos Racing1:49.60131
24Rafael VillagómezVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.84129
25Nazim AzmanHitech Grand Prix1:50.02931
26Francesco PizziCharouz Racing System1:50.11039
27Brad BenavidesCarlin1:50.14732
28László TóthCharouz Racing System1:50.17524
29Enzo TrulliCarlin1:50.29932
30David VidalesCampos Racing1:51.79020