F1 Race Event: Sakhir F1 GP
Race Track: Bahrain Outer Track

Weather: dry  25.7°C
Tarmac: dry  29.5°C
Humidity : 61.2%
Wind : 1.3 m/s SW
Pressure: 1014.4 bar

After 15 minutes into this first practice for the very first ever 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix we saw the no. 63 Mercedes driving out of the Mercedes garage. Behind the wheel of this Mercedes was George Russell who's normally driving a Williams. Russell was asked by Toto Wolff to drive the car of Lewis Hamilton who can't drive because he's infected with COVD-19 and has to sit out this GP in

Two other cars are also driven by other drivers than normal. These 2 drivers had their F1 debut this session. De Haas car of Romain Grosjean, who bravely escaped a sea of flames last Sunday, is driven by Pietro Fittipaldi. Pietro is the grandson of the legendary 2 times F1 WC Emerson Fittipaldi. The other car is the Williams car of Russell. This car is driven by Jack Aitken, who also made his F1 debut this weekend and comes from F2 and drives no. 89.

The short and fast outer track of the "normal" Bahrain circuit is lapped under 1 minute. Halfway into the session Vallteri Bottas had set the quickest lap time with a 55.15s.

Almost all drivers put on soft tyres in the second part of the session to try and go faster. With 30 minutes to go it was Max Verstappen who clocked the quickest lap until then. He did the 3.543 km track in 0:54.848 min on the soft tyre.

In the final stage of the session Russell improved his pace a lot on the soft tyres and even was faster than Verstappen and Bottas. He drove a 0:54.546 min to be quickest. It was the first time for Russell in his F1 career he topped the timesheet after a session.

FP1 Times Table 2020 Sakhir GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
163George RussellMercedes0:54.54649S (C4)
233Max VerstappenRed Bull0:54.722+0.176s29S (C4)
323Alexander AlbonRed Bull0:54.811+0.265s18S (C4)
477Valtteri BottasMercedes0:54.868+0.322s44S (C4)
526Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri0:55.011+0.465s40S (C4)
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri0:55.166+0.620s37S (C4)
731Esteban OconRenault0:55.273+0.727s49S (C4)
85Sebastian VettelFerrari0:55.281+0.735s40S (C4)
93Daniel RicciardoRenault0:55.379+0.833s39S (C4)
1016Charles LeclercFerrari0:55.449+0.903s35S (C4)
1118Lance StrollRacing Point0:55.558+1.012s41S (C4)
1211Sergio PérezRacing Point0:55.716+1.170s33S (C4)
1355Carlos SainzMcLaren0:55.757+1.211s41S (C4)
147Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo0:55.783+1.237s32S (C4)
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo0:55.858+1.312s35S (C4)
164Lando NorrisMcLaren0:56.078+1.532s47S (C4)
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas0:56.130+1.584s37S (C4)
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams0:56.764+2.218s48M (C3)
1951Pietro FittipaldiHaas0:57.077+2.531s24S (C4)
2089Jack AitkenWilliams0:57.187+2.641s33H (C2)

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7 F1 Fan comments on “First Free F1 Practice Results 2020 Sakhir GP

  1. Linda

    The write up to this is making no sense to me. It says VB was the fastest, then MV who went to the top. Then it says it's the first time GR has topped the time sheets #veryconfused. Is there a sentence or a while paragraph missing .........?


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