Formula 1 drivers offered mixed opinions of the Bahrain International Circuit’s short, 3.5-kilometre Outer layout after driving it for the first time yesterday.
Romain Grosjean admits he is reconsidering a potential move into IndyCar racing following his huge crash in Bahrain last week.
Pietro Fittipaldi and Jack Aitken, who are making their Formula 1 debuts this weekend, were satisfied with their largely trouble-free runs on Friday.
Drivers hoping to qualify on medium tyres may have to switch to softs because lap times are so close on the short Bahrain Outer circuit. And traffic is a major concern.
Qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix could become a “lottery” due to the difficulty of completing a lap in clear air, Daniil Kvyat has warned.
Max Verstappen was not impressed with his first experience of Bahrain’s shorter Outer circuit today, saying it was not exciting to drive.
George Russell says Valtteri Bottas was clearly quicker than him in practice despite leading the second session at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Mercedes newcomer George Russell stayed on top in the second practice session for the Sakhir Grand Prix after team mate Valtteri Bottas had a quicker lap time deleted.
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says his driver Carlos Sainz Jnr should not be allowed to test for his 2021 team Ferrari in the post-season Young Drivers test at Yas Marina.
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Alexander Albon faces “a year on the bench” if Red Bull do not keep him, but team principal Christian Horner says his qualifying performances are stronger than Pierre Gasly’s were.
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Lewis Hamilton’s condition is “not great” after catching Covid-19, according to Toto Wolff, who said a return for his driver next week “would be a very positive development”.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says George Russell and Valtteri Bottas are not in a “shoot-out” for a drive with the team in 2022, but Bottas admitted it won’t look good if Russell beats him.
George Russell led the first practice session for the Sakhir Grand Prix on his debut for Mercedes, setting a quickest lap of 54.546 seconds around the short ‘Outer’ Bahrain circuit.
Pictures from the first day of practice for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, including George Russell, Jack Aitken and Pietro Fittipaldi’s debuts for their new teams.
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Romain Grosjean says there is “no way I could have seen” Daniil Kvyat when he turned right towards the AlphaTauri, triggering his huge Bahrain Grand Prix crash.
Carlos Sainz Jnr says he should be able to participate in the post-season test at Yas Marina which Fernando Alonso has been allowed into.
Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi said he is achieving a childhood dream by making his Formula 1 debut, but wishes it had come in better circumstances.