After several months of waiting, the Sakhir international circuit turned the traffic light green. The season 2021 of the Formula 1 officially started. The drivers and teams did more than ten laps in the first free practice session, which lasted just one hour. This is the first change from 2020, as the session lasted half an hour longer. In the next few hours the second batch will begin, which will be under the light of the moon.
Max verstappen he was the fastest driver in the first practice session. The Dutchman set the tone for the team to meet Mercedes, if you want to regain your rhythm. Those of the German brand showed several stability problems in their car. Especially in the first part of the session, where the track was still very cold. Verstappen put the first fastest lap of the weekend in 1m31s394.
Valtteri Bottas was the most immediate persecutor of Red Bull. The Finn will seek this weekend to join the fight for the drivers’ title and stop being the eternal squire of Lewis hamilton. After 17 laps, five less than Verstappen, the Mercedes driver set a time of 1m31s692, to almost three tenths of difference with respect to the leader of the table of times.
The surprise of the beginning was given by the team McLaren. The British put all the meat on the grill from the first moment of the weekend, and next to Lando norris, they were placed within the top three of the times of the session. With a time of 1m31s897, Norris sneaked in among the best and they began to warn the Ferrari, Alpine and Aston martin, his big rivals this year.
Lewis hamilton he couldn’t get into the top three riders of the first batch, but he wasn’t far behind. With some problems at the start, the seven-time champion came in fourth place, almost six tenths behind Max Verstappen. The fifth classified was Charles Leclerc, which showed a great improvement over 2020. Sergio perez was 6th, Fernando Alonso 10th and Sebastian vettel 12th.
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