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.
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
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:35.806||+0.932s||16|
|7||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:36.798||+1.924s||20|
|9||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:36.874||+2.000s||18|
|10||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:36.876||+2.002s||18|
|13||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:36.972||+2.098s||20|
|14||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:36.982||+2.108s||20|
TRAINING 2 | GRAND PRIZE OF THE UNITED STATES 2021
|1||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:34.946||24|
|6||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:35.561||+0.615s||25|
|8||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:35.824||+0.878s||23|
|10||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:36.138||+1.192s||26|
|14||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:36.558||+1.612s||25|
|15||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:36.718||+1.772s||30|