Valtteri Bottas dominated in Austin despite receiving bad news

The Finn had the best time of the first day of activity of the United States Grand Prix, but will suffer a penalty.

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Day of mixed emotions for the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) since it was the great reference of the first day of activity of the United States Grand Prix, 17th date of the World Cup F1, although his expectations of repeating the triumph he achieved in 2019 have been overshadowed by a penalty who will suffer on the Sunday grid.

Bottas, who comes from winning the Turkish Grand Prix, he dominated in the first practice session with 1m34s874 / 1000. In this initial batch he marginalized the English Lewis Hamilton, his partner, for 45/000. The top trio was completed on Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the contest, at 932/1000.

Valtteri Bottas
Photo: Steve Etherington.

But the good work of the Nordic was in the background before Mercedes' decision to use a new combustion engine in power unit of his car and, consequently, receive a penalty of five places on the starting grid of Sunday's race.

In the second practice the Black Arrows were not so fast. The post was taken by the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) with 1m34s946. Czech was escorted by the British Lando Norris (McLaren), which was at 257/1000.

Hamiliton, who comes second in the tournament, finished third ahead of Bottas; while Verstappen was in eighth place.

Undoubtedly, the antecedents of Mercedes the Texan track makes it possible to boast that both Hamilton, who won five times on this track; Like Bottas, beyond the penalty, they will be fast and will aspire for the podium; something that a priori seems far away for Verstappen.

TRAINING 1 | GRAND PRIZE OF THE UNITED STATES 2021

pos. No. pilot auto Weather diff. laps.
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:34.874 17
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:34.919 +0.045s 18
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:35.806 +0.932s 16
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:36.334 +1.460s 18
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:36.508 +1.634s 20
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:36.611 +1.737s 18
7 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:36.798 +1.924s 20
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:36.855 +1.981s 11
9 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:36.874 +2.000s 18
10 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:36.876 +2.002s 18
11 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:36.966 +2.092s 19
12 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:36.970 +2.096s 22
13 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:36.972 +2.098s 20
14 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:36.982 +2.108s 20
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:37.068 +2.194s 12
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:37.458 +2.584s 18
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.463 +2.589s 19
18 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:37.954 +3.080s 22
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:38.866 +3.992s 17
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:42.239 +7.365s 19

TRAINING 2 | GRAND PRIZE OF THE UNITED STATES 2021

POS. No. PILOT CAR WEATHER DIF. VTAS.
1 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:34.946 24
2 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:35.203 +0.257s 20
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:35.310 +0.364s 22
4 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:35.360 +0.414s 24
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:35.457 +0.511s 21
6 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:35.561 +0.615s 25
7 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:35.572 +0.626s 23
8 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:35.824 +0.878s 23
9 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:35.919 +0.973s 24
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:36.138 +1.192s 26
11 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:36.158 +1.212s 23
12 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:36.242 +1.296s 25
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:36.376 +1.430s 18
14 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:36.558 +1.612s 25
15 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:36.718 +1.772s 30
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:36.983 +2.037s 24
17 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:37.041 +2.095s 24
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.254 +2.308s 26
19 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.490 +2.544s 21
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:38.026 +3.080s 23

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