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SPORT NEWS – Bottas tops second Qatar GP follow

Bottas tops second Qatar GP follow



Valtteri Bottas has topped the essential second follow session on the Qatar Grand Prix after Purple Bull Racing hit rear wing bother.

With the solar down, lights on and monitor temperatures some 20 levels F cooler, situations consultant of qualifying and the race, Bottas lowered the benchmark set within the afternoon session by virtually 0.6s with a time of 1m23.148s. It was the Finn’s second sizzling lap on the identical set of sentimental tires, having misplaced an virtually similar time to trace limits earlier within the session.

Pierre Gasly impressed with second within the order for the second straight session, the AlphaTauri driver simply 0.209s shy of Bottas’s greatest.

However title chief Max Verstappen, third and 0.35s off the tempo, was one of many key tales of the session. The Dutchman set simply 20 laps for the hour, the equal fewest of any driver, after being sidelined by means of the session for repairs to his rear wing, his DRS flap having been noticed oscillating whereas open on the principle straight.

Teammate Sergio Perez, eighth 0.639s slower than Bottas, was equally waylaid for rectification work, setting the identical low lap complete. It’s the fourth race weekend in a row the crew has needed to make repairs to its rear wing.

Hamilton loved a relatively easy session, although he was 0.422s adrift of teammate Bottas and clearly much less at dwelling on the inexperienced circuit relative to the Finn, overwhelmed in all three sectors of the Losail monitor.

The story was equally constructive for Mercedes over the race simulation runs. Bottas was comfortably faster on his lengthy runs with the medium tire forward of Verstappen and Hamilton, though the title contenders undertook their longest stints on the smooth tire.

Lando Norris was fifth for McLaren forward of Aston Martin’s’ Lance Stroll and the second AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda in seventh.

Perez in eighth headed Sebastian Vettel in ninth, with Carlos Sainz finishing the highest 10 for Ferrari, the Spaniard 0.885s off the tempo.

Alpine teammates Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso had been break up by simply 0.015s in eleventh and twelfth forward of the second Ferrari and McLaren of Charles Leclerc and Daniel Ricciardo respectively.

Kimi Raikkonen was 1.4s off the tempo on the head of an rising backmarker pack at Losail. He was 0.4s faster than Williams driver George Russell and half a second up on Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, with Nicholas Latifi 18th and simply previous 2s off the headline time.

Mick Schumacher was nineteenth for Haas, whereas his teammate, Nikita Mazepin, didn’t participate within the night follow session because of a chassis downside that necessitated a bath change after the opening follow session.

 

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SPORT NEWS – Bottas tops second Qatar GP follow
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