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F1 | RD1 – BAHRAIN GP 2021 | FP1/2

Red Bull Racings Max Verstappen tops the Friday Free Practice Sessions 1 & 2.

Verstappen posted the fastest time in FP1 ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and then followed that up under the Bahrain floodlights into FP2 – The evening session with another fastest time ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

“It’s been a good day again and with the heat and the wind it is not easy to find a perfect balance around the whole lap but overall I would say it was a positive day. There are still things to improve and look into for tomorrow, tyre wise and a bit of balance tuning, plus I think it will be even more windy which is a challenge for everyone in these cars. I am pretty happy with the start of the weekend but tomorrow is a different day and we have to see whether we can do it in qualifying when it counts.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN

Elsewhere seven times World Champ Lewis Hamilton could only manage P4 in FP1 and P3 in FP2 from the seat of his Mercedes where he was unable to get within two-tenths of Verstappen’s Red Bull.

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