Bottas edges Verstappen in first Portuguese GP follow
Valtteri Bottas beat Max Verstappen to the highest spot in first follow on the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Finn, who’s 28 factors off the championship lead because of his retirement from the earlier race in Imola, bolted on a set of soppy tires onto his Mercedes within the second half of the session to rocket to the highest of the time sheet.
Crimson Bull Racing’s Verstappen was subsequent finest with only a 0.025s deficit regardless of the Dutchman complaining of extreme vibrations on his comfortable tires. He was supplied the possibility to return to the storage however selected as a substitute to set a single flying lap earlier than withdrawing from the run. “I’ll simply go to the dentist after the weekend,” he replied earlier than coming near toppling Bottas from the top of the time sheet.
Sergio Perez adopted in third and 0.198s off the tempo, whereas Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was a formidable 0.236 adrift in fourth.
The Algarve Worldwide Circuit was resurfaced late final 12 months earlier than the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, and though the floor has matured considerably in comparison with the slick and oily observe offered to drivers final season, grip was nonetheless tough to come back by within the cool noon climate.
Pirelli has introduced its most conservative trio of tires to the observe, and the exhausting compound required substantial working in, with some drivers reported needing nearly 10 laps to get the very best from it.
Lewis Hamilton even struggled for buy on his set of softs regardless of working them late within the session. The championship chief had hassle managing tire temperature from the get-go, complaining of an “undriveable” automotive and struggling graining on his comfortable fronts on his method to fifth within the order and 0.319s behind his session-leading teammate.
Pierre Gasly was sixth for AlphaTauri however nearly 0.8s behind the benchmark. George Russell — rebounding from the crash that took him and Bottas out of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix two weeks in the past — was seventh within the order.
Lando Norris was quickest for McLaren in eighth at 0.987s off the tempo forward of Carlos Sainz within the second Ferrari and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo adopted outdoors the highest 10. Yuki Tsunoda was thirteenth for AlphaTauri forward of Fernando Alonso’s Alpine.
Kimi Raikkonen was fifteenth for Alfa Romeo forward of Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin. Callum Ilott adopted, the newly minted Alfa Romeo reserve driver collaborating in his first official F1 session to return seventeenth and a couple of.1s off the tempo, although he was lower than 0.4s behind Raikkonen.
Mick Schumacher was 18th for Haas forward of Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and last-placed teammate Nikita Mazepin.