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

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 63 George Russell Mercedes 0:54.546 49 S (C4)
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0:54.722 +0.176s 29 S (C4)
3 23 Alex Albon Red Bull 0:54.811 +0.265s 18 S (C4)
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0:54.868 +0.322s 44 S (C4)
5 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 0:55.011 +0.465s 40 S (C4)
6 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 0:55.166 +0.620s 37 S (C4)
7 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 0:55.273 +0.727s 49 S (C4)
8 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0:55.281 +0.735s 40 S (C4)
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0:55.379 +0.833s 39 S (C4)
10 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0:55.449 +0.903s 35 S (C4)
11 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 0:55.558 +1.012s 41 S (C4)
12 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 0:55.716 +1.170s 33 S (C4)
13 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren 0:55.757 +1.211s 41 S (C4)
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 0:55.783 +1.237s 32 S (C4)
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 0:55.858 +1.312s 35 S (C4)
16 4 Lando Norris McLaren 0:56.078 +1.532s 47 S (C4)
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0:56.130 +1.584s 37 S (C4)
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 0:56.764 +2.218s 48 M (C3)
19 51 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 0:57.077 +2.531s 24 S (C4)
20 89 Jack Aitken Williams 0:57.187 +2.641s 33 H (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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