Verstappen beats Hamilton in final practice for Bahrain GP – other sports

Max Verstappen beat Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton’s main time to go quickest in the final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix forward of qualifying later Saturday.

The Red Bull driver was .26 forward of Hamilton and .37 forward of Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton was quickest in each practice runs on Friday and seemed set to make it a hat trick when he overtook Bottas and Verstappen with about 10 minutes left in the hour-lengthy session. But Verstappen got here again out and returned to the highest of the leaderboard.

Hamilton lately secured a file-equaling seventh F1 title and is bidding for a file-extending 98th profession pole place.

But he may face competitors from Verstappen, who’s bidding for solely his third pole.

Alexander Albon’s Red Bull was fitted with a brand new chassis after he crashed closely following a mistake in the second practice. Albon drove properly this time and positioned fourth.

Hamilton and other drivers have been complaining in regards to the new Pirelli tires, saying they’re too heavy and Vettel calling them even worse than earlier than.

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Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in slippery Turkish practice – other sports

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a largely meaningless Turkish Grand Prix first practice on Friday that the Dutch teenager likened to driving on ice as a consequence of slippery monitor circumstances.

The 23-yr-previous produced a finest lap of 1 minute 35.077 seconds on the finish of the session on a just lately resurfaced Istanbul monitor whose lack of grip on a chilly morning posed issues for all.

His time was greater than 10 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s 2011 pole time, when the German was with Red Bull, of 1:25.049 on Formula One’s final earlier go to to the circuit on the Asian aspect of Istanbul.

Thai group mate Alexander Albon was second, forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly with dominant Mercedes means down the order on a morning of wheelspins and slides.

Vettel, in his previous few races for Ferrari earlier than becoming a member of Aston Martin (Racing Point) subsequent season, was fifth quickest.

“It’s like driving on grass — way lower grip than a wet track,” commented Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who seems set to seal his document-equalling seventh world championship in Sunday’s race, was solely fifteenth quickest and greater than 5 seconds slower than Verstappen.

“There’s no grip, it’s pointless doing the start,” the Briton mentioned over the group radio when instructed to pit for some practice begins.

Team mate Valtteri Bottas, who should rating eight factors greater than Hamilton to remain mathematically in competition, was ninth quickest with the primary precedence being to get some rubber down onto the monitor.

“It’s all about tyre temperature,” mentioned Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose group completed one-two in 2011. “It’s so, so slippery out there it is like driving on ice in many respects.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz stopped by the aspect of the monitor after earlier struggling {an electrical} drawback. His group mate Lando Norris, celebrating his twenty first birthday, was seventh quickest.

The session was crimson flagged inside minutes of the beginning after Ferrari’s Leclerc slid right into a bollard marking the pit lane entry.

Track employees have been earlier seen chasing a stray canine that was reported to have been caught earlier than any vehicles ventured out onto the monitor.

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Toby Davis)

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