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2020 F1 Turkish GP Friday practice results: Verstappen dominates

Max Verstappen topped a bizarre opening day of Turkish Grand Prix practice at Istanbul Park for Red Bull on Friday, with drivers suffering a huge lack of grip as F1 returned to Turkey for the first time since 2011.

2020 F1 Turkish GP Friday practice results: Verstappen dominates

In the first practice session, Verstappen led Albon by a quarter of a second in a Red Bull 1-2 as teams immediately struggled to find grip on the new track surface, with drivers reporting it was like “driving on ice”. There was also a brief red flag early on as Charles Leclerc dislodged the pit lane entry bollard.

Leclerc ended the session third-quickest for Ferrari, just clear of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Daniil Kvyat made it two AlphaTauris in the top six, with Lando Norris the fastest of the McLarens in seventh, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo). Bottas was the fastest Mercedes in ninth, with world championship leader Lewis Hamilton down in 15th, over 5 seconds off the pace.

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In FP2 the laptimes tumbled, with Verstappen lapping almost 7s faster than FP1. He again led the way, four tenths ahead of Leclerc.

The Mercedes duo were back near the top, albeit over half a second off Verstappen, with Bottas leading Hamilton in third and fourth, with Albon fifth, ahead of Kvyat and Gasly. Vettel slipped to eighth, ahead of Lance Stroll (Racing Point) and Norris.

The conditions remained treacherous, with too many spins to mention, and drivers reporting that the tyres were graining badly on the recently-resurfaced track.

F1 Turkish Grand Prix Free Practice 1 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 29 1'35.077     202.118
2 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 27 1'35.318 0.241 0.241 201.607
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 26 1'35.507 0.430 0.189 201.208
4 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 26 1'35.543 0.466 0.036 201.132
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 29 1'35.620 0.543 0.077 200.970
6 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 27 1'36.738 1.661 1.118 198.647
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 21 1'37.216 2.139 0.478 197.671
8 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 21 1'37.503 2.426 0.287 197.089
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 23 1'37.629 2.552 0.126 196.834
10 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 23 1'38.428 3.351 0.799 195.237
11 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 18 1'38.508 3.431 0.080 195.078
12 Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 22 1'38.612 3.535 0.104 194.872
13 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 21 1'39.484 4.407 0.872 193.164
14 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 25 1'40.025 4.948 0.541 192.119
15 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 12 1'40.225 5.148 0.200 191.736
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 23 1'41.035 5.958 0.810 190.199
17 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 21 1'41.854 6.777 0.819 188.670
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 20 1'45.156 10.079 3.302 182.745
19 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 12 1'46.462 11.385 1.306 180.503
20 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 17 1'49.256 14.179 2.794 175.887

F1 Turkish Grand Prix Free Practice 2 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 37 1'28.330     217.556
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 45 1'28.731 0.401 0.401 216.573
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 43 1'28.905 0.575 0.174 216.149
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 39 1'29.180 0.850 0.275 215.483
5 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 42 1'29.363 1.033 0.183 215.042
6 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 43 1'29.689 1.359 0.326 214.260
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 43 1'29.944 1.614 0.255 213.652
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 41 1'30.022 1.692 0.078 213.467
9 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 38 1'30.297 1.967 0.275 212.817
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 39 1'30.907 2.577 0.610 211.389
11 Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 38 1'31.104 2.774 0.197 210.932
12 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 36 1'31.380 3.050 0.276 210.295
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 39 1'31.493 3.163 0.113 210.035
14 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 40 1'31.498 3.168 0.005 210.024
15 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 35 1'31.660 3.330 0.162 209.653
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 43 1'31.932 3.602 0.272 209.032
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 39 1'32.302 3.972 0.370 208.194
18 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 33 1'32.570 4.240 0.268 207.592
19 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 37 1'32.807 4.477 0.237 207.061
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 40 1'33.488 5.158 0.681 205.553

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