2020 F1 Bahrain GP Friday practice results

Charles Bradley
·8-min read

In the first practice session, Hamilton set the pace as drivers also got their first chance to sample Pirelli’s 2021 tyres. Mercedes' recently re-crowned world champion was almost half a second faster than teammate Bottas, both setting their best times on Pirelli’s 2020 medium tyres.

Fresh from his podium finish in Turkey, Sergio Perez was third quickest for Racing Point but was almost a second slower than Hamilton managed – and ran the faster soft tyres. Another star of Turkey, Carlos Sainz, was next up for McLaren, just 0.018s slower than Perez.

Italian GP winner Pierre Gasly enjoyed a strong session in fifth place, ahead of the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Alex Albon.

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Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads FP1 as Mercedes dominates

In FP2, there was a major incident when Albon crashed heavily at the final corner, tearing two wheels from his Red Bull after over-correcting a big slide at the final corner on his soft-tyre run, which red-flagged the session. A second red flag was required for a stray dog, which ran on to the track but quickly exited the venue through a gap in the fence.

Verstappen set his fastest time of 1m29.318s on the medium tyre, but this was beaten by Hamilton’s 1m28.971s – 0.347s quicker – on the softs. Bottas was 0.018s slower than Verstappen on softs.

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Perez was 0.432 off the pace in fourth, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo fifth, almost half a second away from the fastest time, with Gasly in sixth.

Last year’s pole-winner, Charles Leclerc, again showed how far from the pace Ferrari has fallen and could only manage the 14th fastest time, 1.4s off the pace.

F1 Turkish Grand Prix Free Practice 1 results

1

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

40

1'29.033

218.831

2

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

41

1'29.482

0.449

0.449

217.733

3

Mexico

Sergio Perez

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

31

1'30.000

0.967

0.518

216.480

4

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

31

1'30.018

0.985

0.018

216.436

5

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

34

1'30.049

1.016

0.031

216.362

6

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

18

1'30.294

1.261

0.245

215.775

7

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

34

1'30.302

1.269

0.008

215.756

8

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

28

1'30.384

1.351

0.082

215.560

9

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

30

1'30.426

1.393

0.042

215.460

10

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

30

1'30.508

1.475

0.082

215.264

11

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

29

1'30.589

1.556

0.081

215.072

12

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

24

1'30.628

1.595

0.039

214.979

13

Poland

Robert Kubica

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

24

1'30.732

1.699

0.104

214.733

14

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

28

1'30.832

1.799

0.100

214.497

15

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

29

1'30.854

1.821

0.022

214.445

16

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

27

1'30.896

1.863

0.042

214.346

17

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

37

1'31.020

1.987

0.124

214.054

18

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

27

1'31.392

2.359

0.372

213.182

19

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

29

1'32.472

3.439

1.080

210.692

20

Israel

Roy Nissany

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

27

1'32.801

3.768

0.329

209.946

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F1 Turkish Grand Prix Free Practice 2 results

1

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

28

1'28.971

218.983

2

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

34

1'29.318

0.347

0.347

218.132

3

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

30

1'29.336

0.365

0.018

218.089

4

Mexico

Sergio Perez

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

32

1'29.403

0.432

0.067

217.925

5

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

27

1'29.462

0.491

0.059

217.781

6

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

36

1'29.551

0.580

0.089

217.565

7

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

30

1'29.841

0.870

0.290

216.863

8

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

32

1'29.871

0.900

0.030

216.790

9

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

34

1'29.900

0.929

0.029

216.720

10

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

17

1'30.014

1.043

0.114

216.446

11

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

30

1'30.085

1.114

0.071

216.275

12

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

35

1'30.110

1.139

0.025

216.215

13

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

33

1'30.271

1.300

0.161

215.830

14

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

30

1'30.407

1.436

0.136

215.505

15

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

33

1'30.627

1.656

0.220

214.982

16

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

27

1'30.849

1.878

0.222

214.456

17

Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

34

1'30.928

1.957

0.079

214.270

18

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

32

1'30.973

2.002

0.045

214.164

19

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

28

1'31.119

2.148

0.146

213.821

20

United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

29

1'31.636

2.665

0.517

212.615

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1

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

40

1'29.033

218.831

2

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

41

1'29.482

0.449

0.449

217.733

3

Mexico

Sergio Perez

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

31

1'30.000

0.967

0.518

216.480

4

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

31

1'30.018

0.985

0.018

216.436

5

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

34

1'30.049

1.016

0.031

216.362

6

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

18

1'30.294

1.261

0.245

215.775

7

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

34

1'30.302

1.269

0.008

215.756

8

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

28

1'30.384

1.351

0.082

215.560

9

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

30

1'30.426

1.393

0.042

215.460

10

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

30

1'30.508

1.475

0.082

215.264

11

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

29

1'30.589

1.556

0.081

215.072

12

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

24

1'30.628

1.595

0.039

214.979

13

Poland

Robert Kubica

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

24

1'30.732

1.699

0.104

214.733

14

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

28

1'30.832

1.799

0.100

214.497

15

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

29

1'30.854

1.821

0.022

214.445

16

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

27

1'30.896

1.863

0.042

214.346

17

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

37

1'31.020

1.987

0.124

214.054

18

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

27

1'31.392

2.359

0.372

213.182

19

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

29

1'32.472

3.439

1.080

210.692

20

Israel

Roy Nissany

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

27

1'32.801

3.768

0.329

209.946

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F1 Turkish Grand Prix Friday Practice as it happened

1

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

40

1'29.033

218.831

2

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

41

1'29.482

0.449

0.449

217.733

3

Mexico

Sergio Perez

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

31

1'30.000

0.967

0.518

216.480

4

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

31

1'30.018

0.985

0.018

216.436

5

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

34

1'30.049

1.016

0.031

216.362

6

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

18

1'30.294

1.261

0.245

215.775

7

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

34

1'30.302

1.269

0.008

215.756

8

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

28

1'30.384

1.351

0.082

215.560

9

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

30

1'30.426

1.393

0.042

215.460

10

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

30

1'30.508

1.475

0.082

215.264

11

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

29

1'30.589

1.556

0.081

215.072

12

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

24

1'30.628

1.595

0.039

214.979

13

Poland

Robert Kubica

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

24

1'30.732

1.699

0.104

214.733

14

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

28

1'30.832

1.799

0.100

214.497

15

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

29

1'30.854

1.821

0.022

214.445

16

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

27

1'30.896

1.863

0.042

214.346

17

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

37

1'31.020

1.987

0.124

214.054

18

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

27

1'31.392

2.359

0.372

213.182

19

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

29

1'32.472

3.439

1.080

210.692

20

Israel

Roy Nissany

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

27

1'32.801

3.768

0.329

209.946

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