The Dutch pilot Max verstappen (Red Bull) set the best time in the first official session of the season for the Formula 1 World Cup, with Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) eighth and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) sixteenth in this morning free practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
After several months of anticipation, the championship started at the Shakir circuit and Alonso was the first to hit the asphalt, a good example of the desire you have in your return to the F1 after two years absent.
However, the Asturian could not smile at his debut aboard the Alpine and did not pass the sixteenth place more than 2.4 seconds from the leading record marked by Verstappen. The fifteenth position of his teammate Esteban Ocon, who got three tenths from him, confirmed the discreet start of the French team.
As for Ferrari, which wants revenge after a 2020 to forget, managed to place its two drivers among the first eight of the session, with Charles Leclerc fifth, while Sainz was eighth and managed to lose less than a second compared to the best.
Behind, Lando norris (McLaren) slipped third and Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) started their title defense in fourth position, with more than half a second lost. The Briton will try to regain ground in the second session, which will start at 4:00 p.m. Spanish time.
Times table of the first free practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix:
.1. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull) 1: 31.394
.two. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 0.298
.3. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren) at 0.503
.4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) at 0.527
.5. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) at 0.599
.6. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Red Bull) at 0.677
.7. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpha Tauri) at 0.801
.8. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Ferrari) at 0.972
.9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren) at 1,040
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo) to 1,392
11. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Alfa Romeo) at 1,740
12. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin) at 1,763
13. Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin) at 1839
14. Yuki Tsunoda (JAP / Alpha Tauri) at 1935
15. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine) at 2,134
16. Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine) at 2,478
17. George Russell (GBR / Williams) at 2,733
18. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams) at 2,946
19. Mick Schumacher (GER / Haas) at 3,107
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS / Haas) at 3,581.