2020 Sakhir Grand Prix - First Practice Results - George Russell - Daily Car Blog
F1 Backmarker George Russell Tops First Practice For Mercedes
Formula One

George Russell topped the first practice timesheets at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. Russell is substituting for Lewis Hamilton who is out after testing positive for Covid-19 in the lead up to the GP weekend. Russell was parachuted in at the last moment and made perfect use of the most dominant F1 car of the season. The British youngster look accomplished and unflustered. Teammate Valtteri Bottas faced a different pressure from not having Hamilton on the other side of the Mercedes garage. It appeared Bottas hit a mental barrier and began to overdrive after Russell set a series of benchmark times.

Max Verstappen finished second with Alex Albon third and Bottas 4th. While the times are close one must remember that this is first practice and Mercedes usually gets faster over the course of the weekend. A number of rookie drivers made their debut, Jack Aitken and Pietro Fittipaldi also made rookie mistakes and not unsurprisingly finished at the back of the grid.

Saturday is where the real pressure begins, for now Bottas needs to unlock his mental game rather than locking his tires which he did consistently during FP1.

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix: First Practice Results

1Great BritainGeorge RussellRUS0:54.5460:54.5464848
22NetherlandsMax VerstappenVER0:54.7220:54.7222929
33ThailandAlexander AlbonALB0:54.8110:54.8111818
44FinlandValtteri BottasBOT0:54.8680:54.8684444
55RussiaDaniil KvyatKVY0:55.0110:55.0114040
66FrancePierre GaslyGAS0:55.1660:55.1663737
77FranceEsteban OconOCO0:55.2730:55.2734848
88GermanySebastian VettelVET0:55.2810:55.2813939
99AustraliaDaniel RicciardoRIC0:55.3790:55.3793838
1010MonacoCharles LeclercLEC0:55.4490:55.4493434
1111CanadaLance StrollSTR0:55.5580:55.5584141
1212MexicoSergio PerezPER0:55.7160:55.7163333
1313SpainCarlos Sainz JnrSAI0:55.7570:55.7574040
1414FinlandKimi RaikkonenRAI0:55.7830:55.7833232
1515ItalyAntonio GiovinazziGIO0:55.8580:55.8583535
1616Great BritainLando NorrisNOR0:56.0780:56.0784747
1717DenmarkKevin MagnussenMAG0:56.1300:56.1303737
1818CanadaNicholas LatifiLAT0:56.7640:56.7644747
1919BrazilPietro FittipaldiFIT0:57.0770:57.0772424
2020Great BritainJack AitkenAIT0:57.1870:57.1873333

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