The first free practice session of the Sakhir Grand Prix of Formula 1 and the fans were left with their mouths open. Despite making contact with the car for the first time, George Russell he took the fastest time of the day and is the main candidate to win a race that will have a lot of parity in times.
The British put much more pressure on Valtteri Bottas. The Finn made all the mistakes he didn’t make this season. Lap after lap, Bottas blocked tires, went outside and did not improve the times. Also, Russell, who set a time of 54s546, constantly asked what his partner’s pace was. However, the team only limited themselves to saying that it was with traffic, not to make comparisons.
Behind Russell, who was left with the one, ended Max verstappen. The Dutchman will also seek to take advantage of the absence of Lewis Hamilton and take the victory. The number 33 was just over a tenth of the leader and was one of the references of the day. In third place was Alexander Albon, which also has a lot of pressure since his position is at stake.
Valtteri Bottas could only be fourth after all the errors he had on the day. Also, he finished more than three-tenths behind his teammate, and eyes are beginning to focus on his performance this weekend. As for the debutants, the real performance of each one is not yet, since they are getting to know the cars. Jack Aitken finished 19th and Pietro Fittipaldi 20 °
Saturday qualifying schedule
Starting at 14:00 AM in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Montevideo and Asunción, the classification of the Sakhir Grand Prix will begin. For its part, in La Paz and Caracas it will be at 1:00 PM. In Quito, Lima and Bogotá 12:00 AM. In Mexico City it will be at 11:00 AM. The transmission will be through ESPN or the Premium Platform of Formula 1.