Saturday 28 November 2020
Berlin – (dpa):
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, driver of the Mercedes team, led the first and second free trials of the Bahraini Grand Prix, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, in the framework of the Formula 1 World Championship competitions, beating his teammate Valteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
Hamilton scored a minute and 29.971 seconds around Bahrain International Racecourse in Sakhir, which is 5.412 km long, to lead the second test by 0.347 seconds ahead of Verstappen. While Bottas came in third place, after coming second in the first free trial.
The British driver is seeking to win his eleventh race this season and 95 in his career, after winning the world title for the seventh time in its history and equaling the previous record, during the Turkish Grand Prix, which was held two weeks ago.
A dog entered the track, forcing the second free trial to pause for a short time after a collision with Red Bull driver Alex Albon delayed the race.
“If I had known that dogs were allowed in, I would have brought my own dog,” Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said, jokingly, after he finished 12th and teammate Charles Leclerc finished 14th.
Among the top six in the test were the duo of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, Renault’s Danielle Ricardo, and Pierre Gasly, the Alpha Tauri driver.
Pirelli 2021 tire structures were tested during both trials, but the teams will return to the usual tires for the final race.