Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2020

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix grid

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix

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Row 1 1. Valtteri Bottas 0’53.377
2. George Russell 0’53.403
Row 2 3. Max Verstappen 0’53.433
Red Bull
4. Charles Leclerc 0’53.613
Row 3 5. Sergio Perez 0’53.790
Racing Point
6. Daniil Kvyat 0’53.906
Row 4 7. Daniel Ricciardo 0’53.957
8. Carlos Sainz Jnr 0’54.010
Row 5 9. Pierre Gasly 0’54.154
10. Lance Stroll 0’54.200
Racing Point
Row 6 11. Esteban Ocon 0’53.995
12. Alexander Albon 0’54.026
Red Bull
Row 7 13. Sebastian Vettel 0’54.175
14. Antonio Giovinazzi 0’54.377
Alfa Romeo
Row 8 15. Kevin Magnussen 0’54.705
16. Nicholas Latifi 0’54.796
Row 9 17. Jack Aitken 0’54.892
18. Kimi Raikkonen 0’54.963
Alfa Romeo
Row 10 19. Lando Norris 0’54.693
20. Pietro Fittipaldi 0’55.426


Pietro Fittipaldi – Sent to the back of the grid for power unit parts changes
Lando Norris – Sent to the back of the grid for power unit parts changes

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18 comments on “2020 Sakhir Grand Prix grid”

  1. Seems George is the real deal!

  2. Fantastic effort George! Looking forward to you taking the baton from Lewis. Not so easy to beat Bottas after all eh! 🤪 Tomorrow is Valterris to lose.

  3. Great effort from Russel. But WOW Charles Leclerc really got everything out of that Ferrari. Good job showing the pace when it was needed Bottas, doing a fine job of it.

    Also very good job by Kvyat. At a track that really seemed to reward a driver nailing it. Will be interesting to see how the start goes. Will the p2 and p4 be as bad for the start as it was last weekend?

  4. Not good for Albon. He should’ve got into Q3.

  5. Sergio will be on the podium tomorrow!

  6. BottasRussell

    1. Well that didn’t work. :o(

  7. Leclerc and Verstappen are just streets ahead of Vettel and Albon. I’m not sure what Racing Point must be thinking, Vettel is past his prime now unfortunately. His experience really told at Turkey, but in terms of out and out pace in ‘normal’ conditions it’s just completely gone.

    1. I agree, he may well thrive in a new environment but Perez is consistently on form and vettel hasn’t been since 2018.

    2. You may be right but I think his ambition and drive has disappeared with Ferrari. Both have clearly fallen out. Think as a 4 x WDC ( no matter what you think of how he got those WDCs) he deserves another shot in a decent car. I’m no VETTEL fan but I think he will surprise a few people at RP/Aston Martin.

    3. Seb is incredibly fast and incredibly good, but only under very specific conditions. He simply does not deal well with an underperforming car, nor does he handle certain types of pressure well. We’ve seen this throughout his career.

      He can win another 4 WDCs no problem, IF he happens to be on the right car, with a happy team’s full support. Please, don’t take this as an attack against him. Hi is one of the best drivers on the filed, that’s without a doubt. It’s fair to recognize, however, that the conditions he needs to thrive are those and haven’t been met at Ferrari.

  8. lexusreliability?
    5th December 2020, 18:13

    Happy for George and for Valterri. Missed opportunity for Verstappen I feel. Guess Valterri is not “mediocre” after all. Before the naysers talk about the gap to Russell- this such a short track- top 3 seperated by less than a tenth. Russell would have obviously seen where Bottas was faster throughout the telemetry- but Bottas had the advantage on Russell from Practice 3 and no doubt Russell is a fast learner.

  9. Interesting to see which of the Mercedes drivers will get the better start tomorrow.

  10. 1 second exactly between p1 and p14, incredible stuff

    1. That’s simply down to the short track. Isnf it?

      1. It’s a short track but still impressive. The mercs in general are mighty but it’s impressive how close the cars are now.

  11. Please get Albon out of that redbull. Shameful

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