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F1 2021 Austrian Grand Prix FP1 – Verstappen tops

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen led the opening practice session of Formula 1’s second Red Bull Ring weekend of 2021, the Austrian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen maintained his strong form as he topped opening practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 has stayed on for back-to-back events at the Red Bull Ring, marking the 26th grand prix in the calendar year since the venue kick-started the delayed 2020 season.

2021 F1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS (1)

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME
1Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m05.143s
2Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m05.409s
3Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m05.431s
4Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m05.445s
5Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m05.474s
6Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m05.586s
7Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m05.709s
8Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m05.726s
9Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m05.726s
10Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m05.880s
11Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m05.980s
12Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m06.181s
13Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m06.203s
14Guanyu ZhouCHIAlpine F1 Team1m06.414s
15Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m06.444s
16Callum IlottGBRAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m05.564s
17Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m06.583s
18Roy NissanyISRWilliams Racing1m06.683s
19Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m06.978s
20Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m07.316s

In a deviation from last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix Pirelli has gone one step softer with its tyre nominations, with the C3s, C4s and C5s in use.

Verstappen, who heads Lewis Hamilton by 18 points, clocked a time of 1:05.143s to finish 0.266s clear of the field up front, as Red Bull goes in search of a fifth straight win, and Verstappen a clean sweep of the current triple-header.

Ferrari emerged as Verstappen’s nearest rival, with Charles Leclerc second, and Carlos Sainz third.

Hamilton finished the session in seventh spot, half a second behind his title rival, having been one of several drivers to lock up heavily into Turn 1.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth, having also shot wide at the first corner, ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who classified an impressive sixth.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Lando Norris rounded out the top 10.

Drivers spent part of the session trialling unmarked tyres as part of Pirelli’s efforts to address any issues arising from its Baku failures.

The test sets, effectively a C4 compound, feature a revised rear construction, and they will also be available during Friday’s second session.

It will be determined in the coming days whether the revised constructions will be introduced from the British Grand Prix onwards.

It was a scruffy session for Stroll as the Canadian suffered a second spin exiting the final corner as he prepared for a hot lap.

Stroll nonetheless finished the session in 13th place, two spots ahead of Aston Martin team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Three test drivers were afforded the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Formula 1 machinery during the session – with a grand prix weekend debut for Alpine’s Guanyu Zhou.

Zhou, the Formula 2 championship leader, finished in 14th position, three spots behind team-mate Esteban Ocon.

Alfa Romeo’s back-up reserve Callum Ilott had his second outing of the campaign, classifying in 16th place, while Williams tester Roy Nissany was 18th.

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Bahrain


Bahrain Grand Prix26 Mar
BRITISH TIME

SESSION
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00
Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00
Free practice 3
18:00 - 19:00
Qualifying
18:00 - 20:00Race
Bahrain57 laps308.238 km




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