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Sport Spanish GP: Bottas fastest ahead of Hamilton in 1st practice

14:26  14 august  2020
14:26  14 august  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Valtteri Bottas led a Mercedes 1-2 in the first practice session of the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton finished just 0.039s off and The top six set their fastest laps on soft compounds but Racing Point’s Sergio Perez managed his on mediums, and he was 0.180s off Haas’s Grosjean by the

Bottas Takes Pole At Spanish GP Ahead of Hamilton . Bottas smashed Hamilton 's track record at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in qualifying, finishing the 4.6-kilometer (2.5-mile) track in 1 Bottas won the last race in Azerbaijan from pole position. He was fastest in practice on Friday, and the Finn

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Valtteri Bottas posted the fastest time in the first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on Friday.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)

The Finnish driver was .039 quicker than championship leader Hamilton and about 1 second ahead of Max Verstappen, who leapfrogged Bottas into second place in the standings after winning last Sunday's race at Silverstone.

Bottas beats Hamilton in Mercedes one-two in final practice

  Bottas beats Hamilton in Mercedes one-two in final practice Valtteri Bottas outpaced championship leader Lewis Hamilton to top the times as Mercedes led the way in Saturday's final free practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix. The Finn, who started from pole position for last year's race, edged out the six-time world champion, who is seeking a record-extending seventh win in his home event, by 0.138 seconds. After Friday's extraordinary heat, conditions at the fourth Grand Prix of the 2020 season reverted to those of a more traditional British summer's day and saw the champion team return to their customary 1-2 positions.

Valtteri Bottas completed a hat-trick of Formula 1 pole positions in qualifying for the Spanish good on the promise the upgraded Haas showed in practice by taking seventh and eighth place, with Toro Carlos Sainz made an error on what should have been his quickest lap and ended up 13th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th place, 19 thousandths slower than

Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap time for the last practice of the Spanish Grand Prix, after teammate and Formula One Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas .

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)

There was an encouraging improvement for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who placed fifth behind his teammate Charles Leclerc. Ferrari changed the chassis on Vettel's car following a dismal run of form.

Sergio Pérez was seventh for Racing Point after recovering from the coronavirus and testing negative. The virus forced him to miss the last two races at Silverstone in England after he contracted it last month. Following the Hungarian GP on July 19 he flew by private plane to Mexico, where he visited his mother in hospital after she had an accident.

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Bottas smashed Hamilton ’s track record at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in qualifying, finishing the 4.6-kilometre (2.5-mile) track in 1 minute, 15.406 Bottas won the last race in Azerbaijan from pole position. He was fastest in practice on Friday, and the Finn showed no jitters in qualifying after

Spanish GP Practice One Timesheet 1. Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes, 1:21.521 2. Valtteri Bottas , Mercedes, +0.029 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +0.935 4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +1.079 5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +1.185 6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +1.563 7. Kevin Magnussen, Haas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)

There is a second practice session later Friday, where conditions are expected to be even warmer on the circuit located just outside Barcelona.

High track temperatures worked against Mercedes last Sunday, with both drivers experiencing tire troubles.

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, drives behind Racing Point driver Sergio Perez of Mexico during the first practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, drives behind Racing Point driver Sergio Perez of Mexico during the first practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool) Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Alejandro Garcia, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during a practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Alejandro Garcia, Pool via AP)

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