Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was the fastest driver on the first day of activity of the Qatar Grand Prix, twentieth date of the World Cup F1 after dominating the second round of free practice that took place in the afternoon and under artificial light.
La Máxima had its first contact with the layout of losail, unprecedented in the World Championship and unknown to practically all its components, who began the work against the clock to find the secrets and the best configuration for qualifying and the race.
The aim of the Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) separated by 14 points and with the International Automobile Federation dismissing Mercedes claim against the Dutch's maneuvering over English in the past San Pablo Grand PrixThe two teams made an effort to adapt to the Qatari track and its different conditions between the two sessions, in which the dominance was shared.
Bottas set his best lap 1m23s148 / 1000 and led by 209/1000 to the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). Behind them were the two contenders for the crown Verstappen and Hamilton.
That record set by the Nordic improved by half a second the time that Verstappen achieved in the first session, which was held at noon. In that session, the tournament leader beat Gasly by 437/1000, who showed a good adaptation to the track that is visiting the category for the first time.
The activity will continue on Saturday with a new round of training sessions and qualifying, which will define the starting grid for the race that will take place on Sunday from 11am in Argentina.
TRAININGS 2 | GRAND PRIZE OF QATAR
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:23.498||+0.350s||20|
|6||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:23.705||+0.557s||26|
|8||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:23.787||+0.639s||20|
|9||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:24.020||+0.872s||27|
|15||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:24.631||+1.483s||26|
|17||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:25.072||+1.924s||23|
TRAININGS 1 | GRAND PRIZE OF QATAR
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:23.723||22|
|8||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:24.915||+1.192s||22|
|12||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:25.328||+1.605s||19|
|14||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:25.757||+2.034s||23|
|15||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:25.828||+2.105s||25|
|19||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:26.712||+2.989s||11|