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Sport Portuguese GP: Bottas completes F1 practice sweep at Portimao in FP3

14:41  24 october  2020
14:41  24 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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The first Portuguese Grand Prix weekend since 1996 kicked off with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas fastest in FP 1 ahead of team mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, as the drivers got their first taste of the Portimao circuit.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas headed his second straight session on the Friday of the Portuguese Grand Prix. But the action in Free Practice 2 was dominated by not one but two red flag disruptions – the second coming after Max FP2: Bottas quickest again as Verstappen and Stroll collide in Portimao .

Valtteri Bottas completed a clean sweep of Formula 1 practice sessions for the Portuguese Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for top spot in FP3.

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3 © LAT Images Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3

Bottas headed the timesheets in both FP1 and FP2 at Portimao, and was able to maintain his advantage over Hamilton in the final practice session on Saturday morning.

After both Mercedes drivers reported a lack of grip and struggles getting up to speed at Portimao on Friday, they were quickly able to beat the benchmark set during a messy second practice session that was interrupted by red flags and stoppages.

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Bottas and Hamilton opted to focus on soft compound tyre running through the session, trading fastest times back and forth.

Hamilton was able to set the initial pace for Mercedes, only for Bottas to hit back and ultimately set a time of 1m16.654s to edge out his team-mate by 0.026 seconds.

Although the lap was set with 25 minutes remaining in the session, it was enough to give Bottas P1 as drivers focused on higher fuel runs towards the end of FP3.

Hamilton lost one of his final qualifying simulations on the soft compound tyre after making a mistake at Turn 8, causing him to run into the gravel.

Max Verstappen was left to settle for third place for Red Bull, but briefly took top spot after beating Hamilton's initial benchmark, only for his time to be deleted after he exceeded track limits at Turn 1.

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Formula 1 returns to Portugal this weekend for the first Portuguese Grand Prix since 1996, and the drivers got their first taste of the Portimao track in the opening practice session on Friday. As has become something of a tradition this season, it was Valtteri Bottas who set the pace in FP 1 from

PORTIMAO , PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 23: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F 1 Team PORTIMAO , PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 23: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 2020 Portuguese GP FP2: Verstappen and Stroll crash.

a close up of a truck: Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3 © LAT Images Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3

The Dutchman ultimately finished the session 0.158 seconds shy of Bottas' time, albeit setting his best lap on the medium compound tyre.

A number of drivers running on the soft tyres reported they were struggling with tyre warm up, continuing the trend from yesterday's practice running that saw most set a fastest time on their second flying lap of a run.

Pierre Gasly bounced back from his fiery end to Friday's running by finishing fourth for AlphaTauri, lapping within three-tenths of a second of Bottas' fastest time.

Alexander Albon took fifth in the sister Red Bull car, two-tenths back from team-mate Verstappen, while Charles Leclerc led Ferrari's charge in sixth. Leclerc suffered one early spin at Turn 14, and reported late in the session that he could hear Hamilton's team radio in the cockpit.

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Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes in opening Formula 1 practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday as drivers got their first taste of the Portimao track. Ahead of the first F 1 race in Portugal for 24 years this weekend, opening practice saw a number of drivers report struggles with a

Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes in opening Formula 1 practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday as drivers got their first taste of the Portimao track. Ahead of the first F 1 race in Portugal for 24 years this weekend, opening practice saw a number of drivers report struggles with a

McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris took seventh and ninth place respectively, split by the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, while Esteban Ocon rounded out the top 10 for Renault.

Sebastian Vettel finish 11th for Ferrari, half a second back from team-mate Leclerc. Vettel reported a loose drain cover he had run over at the exit of Turn 14 late in the session, meaning FP3 was red flagged with one minute remaining on the clock which meant the session did not resume.

Vettel was followed by the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat in 12th place and Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen in 13th.

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3 © LAT Images Bottas completes Portuguese F1 practice sweep in FP3

Daniel Ricciardo could only finish 14th for Renault after reporting an issue with DRS on his car, bringing his session to an early end as he only completed 13 laps.

George Russell took 15th for Williams ahead of Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi, followed by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in 18th. Nicholas Latifi and Romain Grosjean propped up the timesheets in 19th and 20th respectively.

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix - FP3 results

PosDriverTeamGap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m16.654s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team0.026s
3Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing0.158s
4Pierre GaslyScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0.276s
5Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing0.463s
6Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari0.575s
7Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren F1 Team0.584s
8Sergio PerezBWT Racing Point F1 Team0.643s
9Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team0.824s
10Esteban OconRenault DP World F1 Team1.012s
11Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1.031s
12Daniil KvyatScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1.066s
13Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN1.268s
14Daniel RicciardoRenault DP World F1 Team1.281s
15George RussellWilliams Racing1.378s
16Lance StrollBWT Racing Point F1 Team1.446s
17Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN1.547s
18Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team1.633s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams Racing1.743s
20Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1.800s

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