2020 Sakhir Grand Prix FP2 Report and Highlights: Mercedes Sab Russell defeated Verstappen on Friday to complete a clean sweep at Sakhir GP.

George Russell continued his impressive debut for his Mercedes debut at the Sakhir Grand Prix, leading Friday’s second straight season in Free Practice 2, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen once again took second place, with Sergio Perez Ahead of the racing point.

It was difficult for any driver to get a perfectly clean lap around the tight 3.5 km Bahrain International Circuit Outer Track which is just 0.2 km from Monaco. But once the qualifying simulation was completed, it was Russell, who led the time sheet in FP1, with an interval of 54.713 – some two-tenths slower than she did in the opening session of the weekend.

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Valtteri Bottas could not get within three-tenths of his teammates in the FP1 – and on paper, his FP2 performance was even worse, with Finn ending up in the P11, and easeing around a completely low circuit configuration Was not looking

But having crossed the boundaries of the track at Turn 8 on either of its two qualifying simulation laps and either canceled or removed the laps, Bottas would be hoping to turn the situation around on Saturday, plus P11 time. Will set on hard tires at the start of the season.





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Racing point

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Behind Russell, Weerstappen was 0.128 seconds behind, with the Dutchman and his fifth-seed Red Bull teammate Alex Albon complaining of understeer on his RB16. Peres captured an impressive third place of just 0.025 seconds off Verstepen, while a strong lap from Estebon Ocon put him on the P4, suggesting that it was a better time with Renault set up this weekend than it was with the downforce.

After Albon in the fifth, Daniel Kivet had his first day for Alphari, the Russian and his team, coming in second with Lance Stroke’s second racing point and Daniel Ricciardo’s second Renault, with Pierce Galli and Carlos head McLaren. Sainz – who complained of loss of mid-way synchronization on his gear through his long simulations – in P9 and P10, after Gacilli suffered pain on the finger from some flying ringing in the final moments of the session Scared.

According to IT, the second practice at Saqir

After Bottas’ time for 11th, Kimi Raikkonen was 12th ahead of his Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi – two Ferrari-driven cars were seen experimenting with tow early on the season at the fast-paced Sakir GP track – While Haas Kevin Magusen. On the 14th, Nicole was ahead of Latiffi’s Williams.

Meanwhile Friday night was a forgettable session for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel started on Turn 2, coming in 16th, then spinning dramatically again in front of Magnussen on his first flying lap in the qualifying simulation, before running wide at second. At least his car was working, however, as teammate Charles Lechler suffered a driveshaft issue after just two laps, and failed to schedule a time.

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix FP2: Vettel rotates on turn 2

Like his teammates, meanwhile, Lando Norris also had issues, running on a curb and quickly damaging his floor, forcing his McLaren team to make repairs, before one The issue was suffering which sent them back to the pits. The Breton – finishing fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix five days ago – finished P17, following two F1 debut, Haas’s Pietro Fitipaldi and Williams’ Jack Eitken, who both kept their noses clean in FP2 , While time-less, luck until Lechler is off the field.

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So, this is an impressive opening at Mercedes from George Russell. But with Red Bull appearing closer to the Silver Arrow, Bottas really has a lot to play for in Bahrain, to show his true speed, and FP2 gives us a sense of how frenzied qualification can be.

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