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F1 – Bottas quickest ahead of Verstappen as Formula 1 fires up at Mugello

11.09.20

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas set the pace of the opening practice session for the FIA Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix as drivers got their first taste of the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello. 

Bottas, using soft tyres, finished just under five hundredths of a second ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finishing a surprise third at the start of a weekend of celebrations to mark the Scuderia’s 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix. 

Bottas’ time of 1:17.879s also established a new track record at the circuit near Florence. The previous unofficial benchmark of 1:18.704, set in 2004 by Rubens Barrichello in a Ferrari, stemmed from Mugello’s time as a regular test venue in the first decade of this century. 

Fourth place in the session went to championship leader Lewis Hamilton who eased into the weekend at the high-speed circuit with a best lap of 1:18.409 to sit almost half a second off his team-mate.

Fifth place was taken by F1’s newest race winner, Pierre Gasly. Fresh from victory at Monza last weekend, the AlphaTauri ended the session a little under four tenths of a second back from Hamilton. 

Gasly was separated from team-mate Daniil Kvyat by Renault’s Esteban Ocon who opened his Mugello weekend with a best time of 1:18.805, three tenths clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who finished in tenth position. 

With Kvyat seventh, eighth place went to McLaren’s Lando Norris with Alex Albon ninth in the second Red Bull. 

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was yesterday announced as an Aston Martin driver for next year, began his weekend with 13th, 1.388s behind Bottas and a full second behind team-mate Leclerc. 

Elsewhere, there was trouble for Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, who was forced to sit out the opening phase of the session as his team fixed an issue with a master cylinder on his car.  


2020 FIA Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.879 33 242.453
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1:17.927 0.048 32 242.303
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.186 0.307 27 241.501
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.409 0.530 28 240.814
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1:18.676 0.797 30 239.996
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:18.805 0.926 28 239.604
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1:18.839 0.960 31 239.500
8 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1:18.981 1.102 30 239.070
9 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 1:19.068 1.189 34 238.807
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.140 1.261 25 238.589
11 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:19.219 1.340 21 238.351
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:19.224 1.345 25 238.336
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:19.267 1.388 27 238.207
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:19.322 1.443 28 238.042
15 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1:19.457 1.578 33 237.637
16 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1:19.478 1.599 29 237.575
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:19.551 1.672 25 237.357
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1:19.836 1.957 23 236.509
19 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1:19.840 1.961 29 236.497
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1:20.034 2.155 32 235.924