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2020 F1 Portuguese GP Friday practice results

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2020 F1 Portuguese GP Friday practice results
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Valtteri Bottas topped a dramatic opening day of Portuguese Grand Prix practice at Algarve International Circuit on Friday, which included a fire for Pierre Gasly, and Max Verstappen clashing with Lance Stroll at high speed.

In the first practice session, Bottas was over three tenths of a second clear of Hamilton, the Mercedes duo having a further four tenths advantage over Red Bull’s Verstappen, who suffered an early spin.

Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest for Ferrari, just lapping quicker than the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was seventh fastest, ahead of an impressive Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo). Sixty-five laptimes were deleted in this session due to track limits infringements.

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In FP2, the first 30 minutes was used as a Pirelli tyre test, all using a 2021 prototype hard compound. Sainz suffered an early spin, as did Perez, while Haas's Romain Grosjean took a trip through the gravel.

Bottas set the benchmark on the soft tyres at 1m17.940s, just before a red flag when Gasly’s AlphaTauri burst into flames at Turn 13. He jumped out unharmed.

After the session restarted, with a lot of cars immediately going out on track, Verstappen and Stroll collided at the 180mph Turn 1 – sending Stroll, who was going for a second fast lap, spinning into the gravel. That caused a second red flag.

Bottas stayed on top, half a second clear of Verstappen, with McLaren’s Lando Norris jumping up to third in the closing seconds. Leclerc was fourth, ahead of Sainz – another late improver – and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Gasly was seventh, ahead of Hamilton – who didn’t get a decent soft-tyre run.

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix Free Practice 1 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 35 1'18.410 215.054
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 35 1'18.749 0.339 0.339 214.128
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 32 1'19.191 0.781 0.442 212.933
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 33 1'19.309 0.899 0.118 212.616
5 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 34 1'19.365 0.955 0.056 212.466
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 42 1'19.441 1.031 0.076 212.263
7 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point Mercedes 31 1'19.907 1.497 0.466 211.025
8 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 34 1'19.954 1.544 0.047 210.901
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 27 1'20.058 1.648 0.104 210.627
10 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 29 1'20.124 1.714 0.066 210.453
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 37 1'20.200 1.790 0.076 210.254
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 29 1'20.207 1.797 0.007 210.236
13 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 32 1'20.278 1.868 0.071 210.050
14 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 28 1'20.846 2.436 0.568 208.574
15 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 32 1'20.954 2.544 0.108 208.296
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 35 1'21.009 2.599 0.055 208.154
17 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 31 1'21.169 2.759 0.160 207.744
18 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 31 1'21.374 2.964 0.205 207.220
19 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 31 1'21.673 3.263 0.299 206.462
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 34 1'22.054 3.644 0.381 205.503

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix Free Practice 2 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 32 1'17.940 216.351
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 34 1'18.535 0.595 0.595 214.711
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 35 1'18.743 0.803 0.208 214.144
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 34 1'18.838 0.898 0.095 213.886
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 32 1'19.113 1.173 0.275 213.143
6 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 34 1'19.175 1.235 0.062 212.976
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 26 1'19.178 1.238 0.003 212.968
8 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 27 1'19.308 1.368 0.130 212.619
9 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 32 1'19.496 1.556 0.188 212.116
10 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 37 1'19.643 1.703 0.147 211.724
11 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 33 1'19.821 1.881 0.178 211.252
12 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point Mercedes 34 1'19.901 1.961 0.080 211.041
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 28 1'19.987 2.047 0.086 210.814
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 33 1'20.465 2.525 0.478 209.561
15 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 34 1'20.490 2.550 0.025 209.496
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 29 1'20.680 2.740 0.190 209.003
17 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 33 1'20.729 2.789 0.049 208.876
18 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 32 1'20.867 2.927 0.138 208.520
19 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 26 1'20.983 3.043 0.116 208.221
20 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 34 1'21.396 3.456 0.413 207.164

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix Free Practice as it happened

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Event Portuguese GP
Sub-event FP2
Author Charles Bradley