Date published: August 14 2020
It continued to be service as typical for Mercedes in Friday practice with Lewis Hamilton heading up yet another Silver Arrows one-two in Spain.
Valtteri Bottas topped first practice with Hamilton P2, but the functions reversed on Friday afternoon as the ruling World Champion topped the timesheet with a 1:16.883.
Bottas was two tenths behind his team-mate and Max Verstappen, unsurprisingly, was the closest chauffeur to the Mercedes duo– although he was eight tenths down in general.
Daniel Ricciardo was simply a tenth slower in P4, while another captivating time originated from Haas Romain Grosjean in P5. He handled to pip Ferraris Charles Leclerc on his method to those lofty heights.
Rounding out the leading 10 were: Carlos Sainz, the returning Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.
The significant names including on the bottom half of the timesheet were Sebastian Vettel in P12 and Alex Albon down in P13.
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Hamilton, however, was able to beat Bottas benchmark at the very first effort as he pumped in a 1:16.883. Bottas, after his 2 cool-down laps, was three tenths down on his best time to include more weight to the theory that no enhancement can be found in between two tidy laps on the softs. Barely innovative thinking, we understand!
The baking hot temperatures stayed securely in location at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday afternoon as groups gathered better information on those much-talked-about tires ahead of Sundays race. When track lights went green, Track temps were nudging 50 degrees.
After the very first 30 minutes of the session, the familiar leading 3 of Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas was currently well developed. Hamilton set the early speed with a 1:17.970 on the medium tyres, with Verstappen 4 tenths off the rate also on the mediums.
Bottas, six tenths behind having run the hard tyres in his opening stint, was first of the huge kids to dive into his certifying simulation and, on the softs, took eight tenths out of Hamiltons initial best time with a 1:17.170.
The tyre temperature levels were so high that Mercedes advised Bottas to do 2 cool-down laps in his black W11.
Hamilton, though, was able to beat Bottas criteria at the very first attempt as he pumped in a 1:16.883. Bottas, after his two cool-down laps, was three tenths down on his best time to include further weight to the theory that no improvement can be discovered in between 2 clean laps on the softs. Barely revolutionary thinking, we understand!
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Verstappen, among the last to finish his first qualy sim lap, battled P3 far from his previous team-mate Daniel Ricciardo but was a far-off 8 tenths down on Hamilton. There was just one tenth separating Verstappen and Ricciardo.
Alex Albon, on the other hand, was not making any impression on the top 6 after his very first run, a scruffy lap ensuring he remained outside the leading 10 in P13 with Vettel and Norris for company.
Groups quickly proceeded to their race simulations and a rather threatening radio message came from Valtteri Bottas with 30 minutes of the session staying:
” The [tire] wear balance up until now feels better,” the Finn reported.
Not everybody was taking pleasure in the tires, however, with bad George Russell, propping up the remainder of the field in P20, said it was like” driving on ice” as he limped his way around the track in the FW43.
Inside the final 10 minutes, Grosjean was required to end his afternoon running a little earlier than prepared as his Haas began to cough and splutter in the center sector.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.8832 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.287 s3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.821 s4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.985 s5 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.250 s6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.264 s7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.331 s8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1.410 s9 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.420 s10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.429 s11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1.474 s12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.521 s13 Alex Albon Red Bull 1.608 s14 Lando Norris McLaren 1.623 s15 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1.759 s16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.878 s17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 2.017 s18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.081 s19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 2.272 s20 George Russell Williams 2.508 s.
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