Formua 1 2021: Mercedes drivers Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton dominate troublesome first apply at Imola

Formua 1 2021: Mercedes drivers Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton dominate troublesome first apply at Imola

Bottas was quickest around the legendary Imola circuit however was lower than one-tenth of a second quicker than his teammate.

Formua 1 2021: Mercedes drivers Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton dominate difficult first practice at Imola

Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton drives throughout a apply session on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari race monitor in Imola, Italy. Picture by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

Imola: Mercedes drivers Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton steered their approach by two purple flags on Friday to the very best instances of the primary apply session for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Bottas was quickest around the legendary Imola circuit however was lower than one-tenth of a second quicker than his teammate.

Equally there was a cigarette paper between Hamilton, who gained the opening race in Bahrain, and Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, the younger pretender to the Briton’s world crown.

Verstappen was second in Bahrain and Bottas third.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who expects “essential solutions” from his automobile this weekend, was fourth quickest, forward of Frenchman Pierre Gasly within the AlphaTauri.

Simply behind had been the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso within the Alpine.

The primary of the three apply classes was additionally marked by two purple flags.

An incident between Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez and the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, which escaped the cameras, resulted in each automobiles broken and off the monitor.

The state of Perez’s rear-left tyre and the Frenchman’s front-right tyre advised contact.

“I’ve solely had it from the driving force’s perspective however clearly it seems like Ocon was on a gradual lap, and Sergio was on a flying lap and there is been contact between the 2 guys into that nook,” mentioned Purple Bull workforce boss Christian Horner.

The second purple flag got here simply earlier than the tip of the session after Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin went too vast right into a nook and spun.

It was one other unlucky incident for the 22-year-old Russian. He failed to finish the opening lap in Bahrain and has been tagged with the nickname ‘Mazespin’.

The second apply session begins at 1230 GMT.

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