VN SAKHIRJA, FP1: The fastest in the first training session at “OVAL” was RUSSELL

Author of the article: , published on December 4, 2020.

George Russell was the fastest in the first free practice VN Sakhir in Bahrain and is Ralph Schumacher and many others may have given a partial answer to the question of how good a race car is Mercedesa, if not sitting in it Lewis Hamilton.

Z the fastest lap time in the history of Formula 1 si je George Russell it was at his first official appearance for Mercedes that he secured the best time. The Briton is in his first free practice VN Sakhir the outer circle drove away in time 54,546 seconds. In 3,543 kilometers of track thus breaking the 46-year-old record Nikija Lauda from 1974. The Austrian is in the race with his Ferrari Grand Prix of France in Dijon on the 3,289-kilometer-long track he achieved time 58,790 seconds.


All racers used a soft mixture of tires in the first practice. Russell was just under two tenths of a second faster than Max Verstappna in second place, just behind the Dutchman with just over a tenth of a second, his teammate Alex Albon. He was fourth Valtteri Bottas, which took away many of the best times of the sectors, but Finc never managed to put together perfect circle, making him more than three-tenths behind Russell. They are in fifth and sixth place Daniil Kvyat in Pierre Gasly showed good race car form Alpha Tauri. He won seventh place Esteban Oconand was eighth Sebastian Vettel. They round up the top ten Daniel Ricciardo in Charles Leclerc.

Second place in the first practice was achieved by Max Verstappen from Red Bull.

Od eleventh place onwards, the racers were classified as follows: Lance Stroll, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Kevin Magnussen, Nicholas Latifi, Pietro Fittipaldi in Jack aitken. The latter was 2,6 seconds behind Russell.

Third was Dutch teammate Alex Albon.

Trail incidents

Shortened variant the trail immediately took care of the action. So far unused part of the trail between fourth and ninth turns was surprising humpbacked. As this part is being driven at high speed, we were able to see spectacular photos of stranded race cars.

Charles Leclerc he searched in vain for the ideal line in the sand barrier of the eighth turn, but was able to continue without much difficulty. More excited was the trip off the trail at Alex Albon, who lost control of the car in the second turn, destroying his tires. Ninth turn, where racers from the outdoor variant return to the usual track, could take care of debates. Almost all the racers there used the excursion zone at the exit of the turn. So far, the race management is not in control of this city.

Rochade of racers

George Russell is therefore his first official appearance for Mercedes performed with distinction. However, the Briton had some problems, so he will still have to get used to some procedures. During training, the seat also caused him a problem. Newcomer to Formula 1 Pietro fittipaldi in Jack aitken however, they had a little more struggle. aitken, who at Williams instead of Russell, made a slight spin, replacing Grosjean fittipaldi however, he destroyed one set of tires with strong braking. Both newcomers have landed in the last two places, fittipaldi before Aitken.    

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