Bahrain GP: Gasly opens new F1 era at the top of the timesheets | Racing News – Times of India

MANAMA: Pierre Gasly started Formula One‘s new period with the quickest time for AlphaTauri in Friday’s first observe session for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Frenchman lapped the 5.4-km Sakhir desert monitor in a single minute, 34.193 seconds on a sunny however cool afternoon.
Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had been second and third, the Italian workforce persevering with to again up the hype that has them marked out as one of many favourites.
George Russell led Mercedes’ cost in fourth with Lewis Hamilton seventh because the reigning champions, who struggled to dial their automotive into the Sakhir monitor throughout final week’s pre-season take a look at, made a low-key begin to their bid to safe a ninth-straight constructors title.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen, who ended final week’s take a look at with the quickest time, was fifth for Purple Bull.
Friday afternoon’s working was not consultant of the situations drivers will face in Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race, that are scheduled to be floodlit dusk-to-night classes.
Groups are additionally nonetheless coming to phrases with essentially the most radical guidelines overhaul in many years, that includes automobiles which were drastically redesigned in a bid to enhance the racing spectacle.
Canadian Lance Stroll was sixth for Aston Martin with Spanish double world champion Fernando Alonso eighth for Alpine.
Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda was ninth for AlphaTauri with Sergio Perez rounding out the top-10 for Purple Bull.
Nico Hulkenberg, standing in for Sebastian Vettel, who has examined constructive for COVID-19, was 14th.
F1 returnee Kevin Magnussen, changing sacked Russian Nikita Mazepin, was nineteenth for Haas.
Valtteri Bottas didn’t set a time in his first observe session as an Alfa Romeo driver. The previous Mercedes racer’s engine was reported to be misfiring.
Friday afternoon’s session was largely uneventful however for one pink flag stoppage. The halt was brought on by the sidepod cowl on Esteban Ocon’s Alpine coming unfastened and leaving particles throughout the monitor.
The French producer stated they had been investigating the incident.

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