Bahrain GP: Max Verstappen, Friday's owner

The Red Bull driver was the fastest in the two practice sessions on the first round of the World Championship.

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The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) dominated the first day of action of the F1 version 2021 after being the fastest in the two free practice sessions of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Photo: Mark Thompson (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Poo).

As it happened a few weeks ago also in Sakhir With pre-season testing, Verstappen watched his rivals from the top of the timesheets. In the first session he established PM1:31.394, while in the second he improved it with a record of PM1:30.847.

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In initial practice he outstripped the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) for 298/1000. In the second, meanwhile, his escort was the English Lando Norris (McLaren) to 95/1000.

The champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished fourth in the first outing half a second behind the fastest and third in the remaining 235/1000 of his Red Bull rival.

Photo: Clive Mason (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool).

The best rookie of the day was the Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri), 14th and 7th, respectively. The German Mick Schumacher and Russian Nikita mazepin (both from Haas) were at the bottom of both runs.

Since this year, Friday's practice sessions have one hour each instead of 90 minutes, something that squeezed the drivers and teams to the fullest to find the ideal set-up for their cars.

FERNANDO ALONSO AND HIS AGE

Fernando AlonsoThe Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who finished 16th and 15th, was a bit annoyed that his return to the F1 at 39 it is something that predominates in his talks with the press. In this regard, he highlighted: “So far I'm enjoying myself and I know that the recurring theme is my age and my return, which surprises me a bit. I am not that old, the world champion and dominator of this sport is 36 years old, I am not 20 years older or something like that to repeat this theme forever ”.

CORONAVIRUS IN THE ASTON MARTIN TEAM

Aston MartinTwo Aston Martin team staff members tested positive for coronavirus and are in quarantine in Bahrain. The team, which did not provide the names of the infected people, explained that they implemented additional security measures. It is worth remembering that due to the pandemic, the teams are operating in bubbles and are tested frequently.

PRACTICE 2 - BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE 2021

pos. No. PILOT CAR WEATHER DIF. VTAS.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA PM1:30.847 23
2 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES PM1:30.942 +0.095s 25
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES PM1:31.082 +0.235s 24
4 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI PM1:31.127 +0.280s 26
5 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES PM1:31.218 +0.371s 23
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES PM1:31.230 +0.383s 22
7 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA PM1:31.294 +0.447s 23
8 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES PM1:31.393 +0.546s 24
9 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA PM1:31.483 +0.636s 27
10 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA PM1:31.503 +0.656s 23
11 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT PM1:31.601 +0.754s 24
12 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI PM1:31.612 +0.765s 26
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI PM1:31.740 +0.893s 27
14 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES PM1:31.769 +0.922s 26
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT PM1:31.770 +0.923s 24
16 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI PM1:31.862 +1.015s 15
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES PM1:32.331 +1.484s 28
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI PM1:33.297 +2.450s 24
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES PM1:33.400 +2.553s 28
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI PM1:33.449 +2.602s 19

PRACTICE 1 - BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE 2021

pos. No. PILOT CAR WEATHER DIF. VTAS.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA PM1:31.394 12
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES PM1:31.692 +0.298s 17
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES PM1:31.897 +0.503s 20
4 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES PM1:31.921 +0.527s 15
5 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI PM1:31.993 +0.599s 14
6 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA PM1:32.071 +0.677s 15
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA PM1:32.195 +0.801s 23
8 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI PM1:32.366 +0.972s 15
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES PM1:32.434 +1.040s 20
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI PM1:32.786 +1.392s 16
11 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI PM1:33.134 +1.740s 18
12 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES PM1:33.157 +1.763s 21
13 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES PM1:33.233 +1.839s 20
14 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA PM1:33.329 +1.935s 21
15 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT PM1:33.528 +2.134s 20
16 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT PM1:33.872 +2.478s 18
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES PM1:34.127 +2.733s 22
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES PM1:34.340 +2.946s 22
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI PM1:34.501 +3.107s 16
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI PM1:34.975 +3.581s 16

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