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Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in the opening note session for the Bahrain Mammoth Prix with the champion-elect ending half a 2d sooner than crew-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated court docket cases.

The opening phase of the session seen teams testing the 2021-specification Pirelli tyres homologated by the FIA after the check in FP2 at Portimão in Portugal final month however after working quickest on the unmarked check tyres, Hamilton later confirmed his place on the tip of the issue when he moved to medium tyres. 

The Briton place his fastest lap, a 1: 29.033s on the yellow-banded compound, ending 0.449s sooner than Bottas who moreover aged medium tyres for his kindly effort. Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez took third place for though the Mexican driver used to be nine-tenths of a 2d off the walk place by Hamilton and a step softer on compound. 

Fourth place in the 90-minute session, which used to be held below uncharacteristically gray skies and following rain in the morning, went to McLaren’s Carlos. The Spaniard’s kindly lap used to be 0.985 late the lead Mercedes leaving him because the final man internal a 2d of the P1 time. 

Pierre Gasly carried out the tip five with time of 1: 30.049, with the AlphaTauri driver ending larger than two tenths definite of Max Verstappen of sister outfit Red Bull Racing. The Dutch driver struggled for balance on the green circuit and had a chase in the very best corner because the session edged towards its best third. 

In distinction, Verstappen’s crew-mate Alexander Albon perceived to get a groove extra instant and he ended the session in seventh place and valid eight thousandths of a 2d slower than the Dutchman.

Renault’s Esteban Ocon took eighth place sooner than the 2d Racing Point of Lance Stroll. The Canadian edged Daniel Ricciardo in the 2d Renault car by valid below a tenth of a 2d. 

Someplace else, Kimi Räikkönen’s Alfa Romeo used to be taken over by Robert Kubica with the Polish driver ending 13th and a tenth of a 2d sooner than the 2d Alfa of Antonio Giovinazzi who carried out 16th. George Russell’s place at Williams used to be taken by Roy Nissany who carried out in final place three tenths of a 2d late routine Williams driver Nicholas Latifi. 

2020 FIA Formula 1 Bahrain Mammoth Prix – Free Put together 1

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 29.033 40 218.831

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 29.482 0.449 41 217.733

3 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 30.000 0.967 31 216.480

4 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1: 30.018 0.985 31 216.436

5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 30.049 1.016 34 216.362

6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1: 30.294 1.261 18 215.775

7 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 1: 30.302 1.269 34 215.756

8 Esteban Ocon Renault 1: 30.384 1.351 28 215.560

9 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 30.426 1.393 30 215.460

10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1: 30.508 1.475 30 215.264

11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 30.589 1.556 29 215.072

12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 30.628 1.595 24 214.979

13 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 30.732 1.699 24 214.733

14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1: 30.832 1.799 28 214.497

15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1: 30.854 1.821 29 214.445

16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 30.896 1.863 27 214.346

17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 31.020 1.987 37 214.054

18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1: 31.392 2.359 27 213.182

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1: 32.472 3.439 29 210.692

20 Roy Nissany Williams/Mercedes 1: 32.801 3.768 27 209.946


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