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Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Verstappen happy with Friday practice

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Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was pleased with the team’s efforts on Friday despite mixed pace across the two sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Verstappen saw rivals Mercedes set the pace in both practice sessions with Valtteri Bottas pipping the Dutchman in FP1 while Lewis Hamilton went fastest in FP2.

Max Verstappen confident RBR will be competitive

Verstappen pulled out of his low fuel lap in FP2 leaving him ninth, but he remains confident of being competitive in qualifying and the Spanish Grand Prix proper on Sunday.

“Overall I think we actually had quite a good day and the car seems pretty competitive. I was a little bit wide at Turn 10 on my push lap in FP2 but there is nothing shocking to report from either session,” Verstappen commented after FP2. 

“The track changes to Turn 10 seem better over one lap when you are pushing. It is a bit faster and more enjoyable to drive, but for overtaking I think it could be worse. How competitive we are going to be tomorrow is always going to be a question mark on a Friday but from our side we are quite happy. Of course you always want to improve and do better so we just have to make sure tomorrow that we are up there but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Perez concedes Red Bull need to find one lap pace

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez believes the team have some work to do to find one lap pace but feels their long-run speed will take some equalling.

“It was a tricky day today,” Perez said. 

“We had a couple of delays in both sessions which meant we were rushing a little and running into some traffic, and with less practice time this year it’s important to get the laps in. Tonight we’ve got some understanding to do and pace to find, especially over one lap. I think our long run pace is stronger but there’s work to do. Let’s see what we can find because qualifying here is especially important. Hopefully we can recover the pace and be in the mix tomorrow.”

2021 F1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

FP1

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POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME
1 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m18.504s
2 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m18.537s
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m18.627s
4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m18.944s
5 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m19.020s
6 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m19.051s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m19.062s
8 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m19.234s
9 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m19.349s
10 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m19.429s
11 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m19.669s
12 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m19.681s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.694s
14 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m19.732s
15 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m19.950s
16 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m20.270s
17 Roy Nissany ISR Williams Racing 1m20.700s
18 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.766s
19 Robert Kubica POL Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m21.887s
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m21.976

FP2

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POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m18.170s
2 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m18.309s
3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m18.335s
4 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m18.466s
5 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m18.518s
6 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m18.593s
7 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m18.619s
8 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m18.674s
9 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m18.785s
10 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m18.918s
11 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m18.947s
12 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m19.092s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.122s
14 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m19.134s
15 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m19.195s
16 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.213s
17 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m19.957s
18 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m20.046s
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.326s
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.753s

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