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Russell: Practice times "deceiving"
Sakhir GP: Friday practice results
Russell stays on top in FP2
Albon facing "a year on the bench"
Sakhir GP practice as it happened

George Russell has downplayed his sweep of Friday's Formula 1 practice sessions for the Sakhir Grand Prix, saying the laptimes are "a little bit deceiving".

George Russell set the fastest time on the opening day of Sakhir Grand Prix practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday for Mercedes, on his race weekend debut with the team.

George Russell topped FP2 for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix, while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had a succession of flying lap efforts deleted for track limits abuse.

Christian Horner says that Alex Albon's only options for 2021 are either to retain his Red Bull Racing seat or "spend a year on the bench".

Follow all the action from the Sakhir Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

How Bahrain F1 crash showed warrior mentality hasn’t gone away Prime
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How Bahrain F1 crash showed warrior mentality hasn’t gone away

OPINION: Romain Grosjean's Bahrain crash brought back uncomfortable memories for Formula 1, but the mental strength of the shocked drivers to carry on was no less than their predecessors in times before social media and TV replays…

Wolff calls for calm after Russell tops Sakhir practice

Toto Wolff called for calm after seeing George Russell set the fastest time in his first Formula 1 practice session in the Mercedes W11 car.

Hamilton "not feeling great" with mild COVID-19 symptoms

Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is "not feeling great" and suffering from mild COVID-19 symptoms, but has no frustrations over his pre-Bahrain trip to Dubai.

"Impatient" Aitken made first contact with Williams over F1 seat

Jack Aitken has revealed his “impatience” prompted him to make first contact with Williams about replacing George Russell in Bahrain this weekend for his Formula 1 debut.

Leclerc "could bet on a win" by Russell at Mercedes

Charles Leclerc says he has 'some hope' of George Russell being able to win for the Mercedes Formula 1 team in Bahrain this weekend for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Sakhir GP: Russell quickest in first session with Mercedes

George Russell set the pace in his first Mercedes appearance during opening practice for the Sakhir Grand Prix as drivers got a first taste of the Bahrain outer loop layout.

McLaren: No doubt Sainz can't test for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl insists that the team's outgoing driver Carlos Sainz should not be allowed to drive for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari's chassis engineering head Resta moves to Haas

Ferrari has announced more changes to the technical leadership of its Formula 1 team, with its head of chassis engineering moving to join Haas.

Verstappen: "Very tough" to beat Mercedes even without Hamilton

Max Verstappen believes it will be “very tough” for Red Bull to beat Mercedes in Bahrain this weekend even in the absence of Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Grosjean eyes private F1 test if he can’t race in Abu Dhabi

Romain Grosjean hopes to find a way to do a private test in a Formula 1 car early next year if he is unable to take part in the Abu Dhabi GP.

Grosjean gives full account of Bahrain fire escape Bahrain GP
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Grosjean gives full account of Bahrain fire escape

Romain Grosjean has recounted the full story of the escape from his burning Formula 1 car – and revealed there were moments where he feared he was going to die.

Bahrain 'oval' has a “strange, aggressive" kerb - Gasly
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Bahrain 'oval' has a “strange, aggressive" kerb - Gasly

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says that Bahrain’s outer circuit has a “strange” and “aggressive” kerb in the linking section that isn’t normally used.

The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready
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The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready

George Russell has revealed the logistical efforts Mercedes made ahead of his Formula 1 race debut with the team, which included preparing and transporting his race suit in several countries.

Perez not keen on F1 reserve role if he can't find race seat

Sergio Perez has downplayed his chances of accepting a Formula 1 reserve drive in 2021 after he leaves Racing Point.

Grosjean thanks firefighters who ‘saved my life’ in Bahrain

Haas driver Romain Grosjean returned to the Bahrain Formula 1 paddock on Thursday, just four days after his horrific fiery crash, and met two key firefighters to say “thank you for saving my life”.

Ferrari pushing for Sainz to join Abu Dhabi F1 test

Ferrari is pushing for Carlos Sainz to be allowed to take part in the 'young driver' Formula 1 test after the Abu Dhabi GP.

Ricciardo to discuss Grosjean crash TV coverage with F1

Daniel Ricciardo will meet with Formula 1 chiefs in Bahrain on Thursday to discuss his unease at the way that endless replays of Romain Grosjean's crash were played on television.

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon Prime

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon

Alex Albon has come under plenty of criticism this year for his struggles in matching Red Bull lead driver Max Verstappen. But it's not for nothing that the famously ruthless team hasn't yet reverted to type and shown him the door

How Aitken’s fortunes turned around for his shock F1 chance Prime

How Aitken’s fortunes turned around for his shock F1 chance

As a consequence of George Russell's step up to Mercedes to cover for the COVID-positive Lewis Hamilton, Jack Aitken will make his Formula 1 debut for Williams at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Long on F1's peripheries, Aitken finally has a chance to shine.

The risk and reward of Russell's Mercedes opportunity Prime

The risk and reward of Russell's Mercedes opportunity

Mercedes selecting George Russell as Lewis Hamilton's stand-in for the Sakhir Grand Prix provides a dynamic set to challenge both the British driver and Valtteri Bottas for different reasons, while potentially delivering the team some unexpected answers.