Saturday, May 8, 2021 10:01 AM (GMT + 7)
(F1 racing news, sports news) Like at Portimão racetrack, Portugal, Mercedes continues fastest after the first day of the fourth leg of the season, the Spanish GP at Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack. They lead both sessions, while the opponent from the “bullshit” has not yet fully sprung, and “war horse” created a small surprise.
FP1: Bottas leads the way for Mercedes, Kubica returns to F1
The usual scenario in 2021 continues to take place at the first run of the Spanish GP when Valtteri Bottas is the fastest, followed by Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and the other Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton. Finnish handlebars reach a time of 1 lap – 1 minute 18,504 seconds on Soft tires. Verstappen switched to a set of yellow-rimmed tires in the last minutes and took second place, 0.033s slower than Bottas, and Hamilton lost 0.09s to his opponent from ‘bulls’.
The fastest Mercedes in both sessions
The run had to be stopped early because Nikita Mazepin ran out of the gravel in the second corner and then a red flag appeared by Robert Kubica, the driver who replaced the ‘snowman’ Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo in this FP1, stopped at outside of crab 10. For the first time since 2014, Barcelona-Catalunya did not hold pre-season tests, so the teams focused on testing the 2021 here with the new 10 crab experience adjusted ahead of the season. this award.
Sergio Perez continued to have a modest start with only a ninth fastest, though he has tested some new aerodynamics on the RB16B. Lando Norris (McLaren) is fourth, nearly 0.5s behind Bottas while teammate Daniel RIcciardo is 14th. Following Norris are the Ferrari duo, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, respectively, using only Hard and Medium tires at FP1.
The red flag fluttered after Kubica slipped out of crab 10
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) leads after being the first to run Soft tires in the session but in the end is only eight, just behind Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). The second driver at AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda was “stuck” in the garage for part of the FP1 but still got 11th place. Lance Stroll helped Aston Martin to have both cars in the top 10.
Fernando Alonso (Alpine) does a reverse run for most racers, starting with Soft and ending with Hard tires. So there was a time when he was in the top 3, but in the end he was only 15th. Kubica returned and he completed 13 laps, got 19th place. Meanwhile, Roy Nissany replaced George Russell, in place. 17 after 23 laps.
FP2: Hamilton set a timeline, Leclerc unexpectedly ranked 3rd
Leclerc and Ferrari were unexpectedly placed in the top 3
In the qualifying simulation lap in this run, Verstappen did not perform well. He brake the wheel lock in cornering 1 but still only runs 0.1 seconds slower in the first sector. However, the Dutch driver continued to turn wide at crab 10, went over the limit of the track and decided to cancel that lap. So Max only got 9th in FP2.
Mercedes did not have any problems in the hot weather in Barcelona. Hamilton had the fastest lap time – 1 minute 18,170s, 0.139s faster than Bottas at 2nd place on Soft tires. Leclerc and Ferrari suddenly ranked 3rd, even the Monaco driver had the fastest sector 3 performance, only 0.165s slower than Hamilton. He is 0.3 seconds faster than Sainz, whose lap is not good because partly affected by traffic (too many cars on the road).
Alpine continues to perform well beyond expectations
Alpine continues to maintain a surprisingly high performance in Portugal to ‘the land of bulls’ when Esteban Ocon and Alonso, respectively, run new aerodynamic details, ranked 4th and 5th, losing to the leader yet. 0.4s. The AlphaTauri duo ranked right in the next two positions with a short distance, and they were only 0.026 seconds behind each other. Red Bull finished the top 10 FP2 after an unsuccessful run and showed no real strength.
Aston Martin brought the Vettel upgrade package like what Lance Stroll used from the previous leg and McLaren brought the front spoiler and the new floor. But both are showing their form for the 6th day. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) squeezes between the two teams on 13th place, the fastest of the slowest top three.
Red Bull needs to return on Saturday
On the race simulator, Mercedes proved the most powerful, although Red Bull has yet to show his ability. Ferrari proved not inferior and they have a better part in the fight with McLaren or Alpine this weekend. However, the order can completely change on Saturday, the time to decide the starting order of this race.
Detailed results on Friday Spanish GP 2021:
(F1 racing news, sports news) The fourth stage of the 2021 season will start at the weekend. Each team has specific goals, but it’s probably hard …