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Bahrain (Sakhir) Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Race: Podium
1
Sergio Perez Racing Point
Nationality
2
Esteban Ocon Renault
Nationality
3
Lance Stroll Racing Point
Nationality
4
Carlos Sainz McLaren
Nationality
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir RACE TRACK, 06 Dec 2020
Winner
Sergio Perez
Racing Point

LIVE | 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix

Sergio Perez of Racing Point on track during final practice.
Sergio Perez of Racing Point on track during final practice.
Charles Coates
Last Updated

06 Dec 2020

Russell now 8.4 seconds ahead of Bottas who lost quite a lot of time in that pit window.

06 Dec 2020

Yellow flag.

06 Dec 2020

Latifi pulled his car off on the side of the track.

06 Dec 2020

Norris pits, along with Vettel.

06 Dec 2020

Track clears as Sainz pits. 

06 Dec 2020

Ricciardo pushing to get away from the Pink Mercs.

06 Dec 2020

Perez takes P4 from Stroll.

06 Dec 2020

Perez running in the podium places as he takes P3 from Ocon.

06 Dec 2020

Norris told to push hard on all laps to get into the top 10.

06 Dec 2020

Jack Aitken has lost his front wing.

06 Dec 2020

Virtual safety car out.

06 Dec 2020

Whhoops double stacking at Merc pit! 

06 Dec 2020

Bottas brakes on fire!!

06 Dec 2020

Bottas has lost track position to Perez, Ocon, and Stroll!!

06 Dec 2020

George told to box as they have a mix tyre situation!

06 Dec 2020

George told to box as they have a mix tyre situation!

06 Dec 2020

Russell will lose all his hard work due to the huge error in the Merc garage.

06 Dec 2020

Perez now leads the race.

06 Dec 2020

Ocon is P2! Stroll in P3.

06 Dec 2020

Bottas P4 and Russell in P5.

06 Dec 2020

This is where Russell needs to show what he is really made of to get those positions back. There are 20 laps left in this race.

06 Dec 2020

Russell passes Bottas for P4!

06 Dec 2020

Russell now in P2 behind Perez.

06 Dec 2020

Ocon in P2 as Bottas pits.

06 Dec 2020

Russell down in P14.

06 Dec 2020

Perez in P1, Ocon in P2 and Stroll in P3. 

06 Dec 2020

Sainz in P4, just one lap to go.

06 Dec 2020

Russell pushing to pass Gasly in P10.

06 Dec 2020

Final lap. What an upset it has been tonight!

06 Dec 2020

This will be Ocon's first podium in his F1 career!

06 Dec 2020

Who would have thought we would see a double Racing Point Podium after last week.

06 Dec 2020

Sergio Perez wins the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:57.243
1:31:15.114
87
2
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:57.520
10.518
87
3
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:57.790
11.869
87
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:57.804
12.580
87
5
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:57.665
13.330
87
6
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:57.383
13.842
87
7
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:57.312
14.534
87
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:57.441
15.389
87
9
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:56.926
18.556
87
9
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
0:56.926
18.556
87
10
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:58.593
19.541
87
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:57.833
20.527
87
12
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:57.846
22.611
87
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:57.964
24.111
87
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:58.173
26.153
87
15
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0:58.232
32.370
87
16
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0:57.941
33.674
87
17
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0:58.127
36.858
87
R
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
RETIRED
86 LAPS
0
R
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
RETIRED
86 LAPS
0
R
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
RETIRED
34 LAPS
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06 Dec 2020

As always, the season finale will be at Abu Dhabi, and whether Russell stays in a Mercedes or not, you won't want to miss it. Live coverage will be right here from FP1 on Friday to the race on Sunday, so join us then. In the meantime, try to slow that hea

06 Dec 2020

With the next race, and the final one of the season, just a week away though, he may well get another chance in Lewis Hamilton's W11...

06 Dec 2020

As for Russell, he's absolutely gutted, and it's easy to see why. He deserved so much more given how well he drove. However, we're sure his performance won't have gone unnoticed at Mercedes...

06 Dec 2020

Amidst the chaos, Ocon went under the radar, but what a result that was for him.

06 Dec 2020

That's also the first time a British team has won a race since 2012.

06 Dec 2020

With the Mexican anthem playing and the flag in his hand, he's sobbing on the podium, and quite right too. What a moment.

06 Dec 2020

All the love and sympathy for Russell is understandable, but right now, all the focus should be on Sergio Perez. He deserves that win so much, and it may have just earned him a place on the 2021 grid. If not, that's a huge injustice.

06 Dec 2020

My, oh my. 2020 has given us some crazy races, but that may have just topped the lot...

06 Dec 2020

The full result: P1 Perez, P2 Ocon, P3 Stroll, P4 Sainz, P5 Ricciardo, P6 Albon, P7 Kvyat, P8 Bottas, P9 Russell, P10 Norris, P11 Gasly, P12 Vettel, P13 Giovinazzi, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Magnussen, P16 Aitken, P17 Fittipaldi. Did not finish: Latifi, Vers

06 Dec 2020

Norris takes the final point.

06 Dec 2020

P7 for Kvyat, while Bottas and Russell, both the victims of some seriously bad luck, come home in P8 and P9.

06 Dec 2020

Sainz crosses the line in P4 just ahead of Ricciardo and Albon.

06 Dec 2020

Ocon takes P2 and Stroll makes it two Racing Points on the podium!

06 Dec 2020

Sergio Perez wins the Sakhir Grand Prix!

06 Dec 2020

Perez is going to do it. What a story and what a driver.

06 Dec 2020

Final lap...

06 Dec 2020

He moves into P10! Well, it's something...

06 Dec 2020

Maybe not. He's up to P12.

06 Dec 2020

After everything, it looks like Russell's wait for a point in F1 will go on...

06 Dec 2020

All of this means that Perez is all but certain to win this race!

06 Dec 2020

He comes in and rejoins in P15! What rotten luck that is.

06 Dec 2020

Russell has a puncture!

06 Dec 2020

The Finn's tyres have gone and he's now down to P9.

06 Dec 2020

Sainz and Ricciardo pass Bottas!

06 Dec 2020

The gap is down to 2.3 seconds already, but Russell's tyres will start to drop off soon...

06 Dec 2020

Bottas meanwhile is still in P5...

06 Dec 2020

The Mexican has a 3.4 second lead. 13 short laps left.

06 Dec 2020

He cruises past the Frenchman! Right then, Perez next. This is the battle for the win.

06 Dec 2020

Next up, Ocon.

06 Dec 2020

He takes P3 from the Racing Point at Turn 1!

06 Dec 2020

What an overtake that was, and it could be huge. With fresh tyres, Russell is now P4. Next up, Stroll.

06 Dec 2020

He does it with a brilliant move!

06 Dec 2020

With no DRS, Russell is all over Bottas but can't pass.

06 Dec 2020

Perez gets away well and stays in the lead.

06 Dec 2020

The SC is coming in...

06 Dec 2020

Russell is arguably still the favourite as, unlike Bottas, he has fresh tyres.

06 Dec 2020

All of this means that Perez is leading the race!

06 Dec 2020

Mercedes tried to put their drivers back to back but there was a huge mix up with the tyres. They had to put Bottas's old tyres back on him, before calling in Russell for fresh ones a lap later. Chaos.

06 Dec 2020

Russell rejoins in P5, just behind Bottas!

06 Dec 2020

The team put a mixed set on Russell's car and have had the call him back in too! What a disaster for Mercedes!

06 Dec 2020

The Finn was stuck in the pits for almost a minute and has dropped down to P5!

06 Dec 2020

Safety Car! Mercedes pit in response but there's an issue with Bottas's left front!

06 Dec 2020

The Brit went too wide at the final corner and hit the barriers.

06 Dec 2020

Aitken has lost a front wing and a VSC has been called out again.

06 Dec 2020

At the front, Bottas is now flying and catching Russell rapidly. The gap is down to 4.9 seconds.

06 Dec 2020

Just a reminder: Perez was stone dead last after Lap 1.

06 Dec 2020

Perez though, stayed out and it may well have handed him a podium. He's up to P3 after flying past Stroll and Ocon!

06 Dec 2020

Sainz and Ricciardo pit just as the VSC ends, and both come out ahead of Kvyat.

06 Dec 2020

Latifi pulls over to the side of the track to retire, causing a VSC to come out.

06 Dec 2020

Behind them, Sainz is back in P3 and comfortable, while Kvyat has just pitted from P4.

06 Dec 2020

It's hard to see Bottas getting very close to Ruseell before the end of the race. What a drive this has been from the Brit.

06 Dec 2020

Bottas pits for hards and comes out eight seconds behind Russell!

06 Dec 2020

Perez and Albon both pit, rejoining in P9 and P11.

06 Dec 2020

Russell has some slight issues and is experiencing a loss in power. He's been told to change some settings and it looks to have solved the problem.

06 Dec 2020

He does so, putting on hard tyres, and rejoins in P2.

06 Dec 2020

Russell has been told to push as he'll be brought in soon...

06 Dec 2020

Ocon passes Stroll with an excellent move straight away though!

06 Dec 2020

He rejoins in P9, just ahead of the Renault. Perez is now up to P3.

06 Dec 2020

Behind him, Ocon pits, which he'll surely respond to by coming in himself.

06 Dec 2020

Stroll has made his soft tyres last excellently and is therefore in P3. A great first stint from the Canadian.

06 Dec 2020

Ricciardo is stuck behind Kvyat, allowing Sainz to pull away from him.

06 Dec 2020

Russell is now three seconds up on Bottas. He's been flawless.

06 Dec 2020

Ricciardo does the same a lap later and comes out behind both Sainz and Kvyat. That's not gone well.

06 Dec 2020

Sainz pits from P3, putting on mediums.

06 Dec 2020

Russell responds by going purple.

06 Dec 2020

Bottas is starting to up the pace and has closed the gap to 1.7 seconds.

06 Dec 2020

Perez takes P9 from Albon with an excellent move! Are you watching, Helmut?

06 Dec 2020

In response, Norris pits for mediums.

06 Dec 2020

Albon can! He passes Norris at Turn 5, and Perez follows him through!

06 Dec 2020

We're seeing the DRS trains we expected from P3 down to P11, with cars all within a second of eachother and going at similar speeds. Who can break through it?

06 Dec 2020

He's just asked his team when they want him to push. Talk about confidence...

06 Dec 2020

At the front, Russell leads Bottas by two seconds.

06 Dec 2020

My word, Perez is now in P11 and chasing down Albon...

06 Dec 2020

Norris has had an excellent start, moving up to P9 from P20.

06 Dec 2020

Mind you, Perez has already got back up to P14 and is flying...

06 Dec 2020

With Verstappen out and Albon down in P11, a midfield driver will surely take the final podium spot, and it looks like it will be Sainz and Ricciardo battling for it.

06 Dec 2020

Russell nails his restart, but Bottas doesn't and is briefly passed by Sainz before he takes P2 back!

06 Dec 2020

The SC is coming in...

06 Dec 2020

Leclerc has to take the blame for that. He was far too aggressive down the inside.

06 Dec 2020

As Russell took the lead, Bottas bogged down and had Perez and Verstappen all over him. The Mexican was then clipped by Leclerc, terminally damaging the Ferrari and forcing the Red Bull wide and into the barriers.

06 Dec 2020

The Safety Car is out.

06 Dec 2020

Perez, Leclerc and Verstappen all come together and the Dutchman is out of the race, as is Leclerc!

06 Dec 2020

And we're off! Russell flies off the line and takes the lead!

06 Dec 2020

Right, here we go. The formation lap is underway...

06 Dec 2020

So, the Dutchman has soft tyres, is on the clean side of the grid and starts behind two drivers who often start races poorly. Don't be surprised to see him lead after Turn 1.

06 Dec 2020

One thing that could be key is the fact that Verstappen starts on the soft tyre, while the Mercedes boys do so on mediums. He'll surely pit before them; can he pull off the undercut?

06 Dec 2020

We're all done pre-race formalities, and the drivers are preparing to get in their cars. Strap in...

06 Dec 2020

There's still plenty to play for in the championship heading into this race. In the Driver's Standings, Verstappen is just 12 points behind Bottas, while Ricciardo, Perez and Leclerc are hugely close together in the fight for P4. In the Constructors' mean

06 Dec 2020

In terms of strategy, it looks like it will be a two-stopper, but those not starting on softs could perhaps make that one if they can manage their tyres...

06 Dec 2020

Given the short nature of it, we're set to see plenty of blue flags, which may well cause some issues...

06 Dec 2020

As we said, whatever happens, this race is sure to be unique. Taking place on a track where lap times are below a minute, there will be 87 of them.

06 Dec 2020

Jack Aitken put in a hugely strong performance yesterday, with his fastest lap less than a tenth slower than Nicholas Latifi's. An equally as impressive showing today would put him top of the queue to replace Russell if - or when - he ends up at Mercedes.

06 Dec 2020

The full starting grid, with penalties applied: P1 Bottas, P2 Russell, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Perez, P6 Kvyat, P7 Ricciardo, P8 Sainz, P9 Gasly, P10 Stroll, P11 Ocon, P12 Albon, P13 Vettel, P14 Giovinazzi, P15 Magnussen, P16 Latifi, P17 Aitken, P1

06 Dec 2020

Another man to impress was Daniil Kvyat, who qualified P6, three places up on his team-mate. Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz separate the two AlphaTauri drivers, with Lance Stroll completing the top 10.

06 Dec 2020

Arguably yesterday's stand-out performer was Charles Leclerc, who somehow managed to put his Ferrari on the second row. Given the engine he has and the track's reliance on straight-line speed, that's some achievement. However, with Sergio Perez and his Me

06 Dec 2020

Remarkably, so too was Max Verstappen in P3. He has often got the better of Bottas on Sundays this season and, with Hamilton out of the picture, will fancy his chances of winning.

06 Dec 2020

With George Russell replacing Lewis Hamilton this weekend, all eyes were on Mercedes during qualifying. For Valtteri Bottas, being beaten by the Brit would have been a disaster, and it was a fate that he avoided, just. The Finn took pole position, but Rus

06 Dec 2020

With a brand new track and three stand-in drivers, it's sure to be a race like no other. Before we look ahead to it, here's what happened yesterday...

06 Dec 2020

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Sakhir Grand Prix! The race gets underway in just over an hour, and all times are local to Bahrain.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
-
0
2
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:53.403
0.026
25
2
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
0
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0
7
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0
8
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0
11
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0
12
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0
13
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0
15
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
0
17
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0
18
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0
19
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0
20
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0
Qualifying 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:53.904
-
8
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:54.037
0.133
3
3
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:54.160
0.256
9
4
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:54.194
0.290
9
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:54.207
0.303
10
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:54.236
0.332
6
7
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0:54.249
0.345
9
8
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:54.301
0.397
9
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:54.309
0.405
7
10
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:54.346
0.442
12
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:54.388
0.484
3
12
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:54.450
0.546
6
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:54.523
0.619
8
14
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:54.595
0.691
7
15
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:54.620
0.716
6
16
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0:54.705
0.801
9
17
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
0:54.796
0.892
11
18
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0:54.892
0.988
9
19
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:54.963
1.059
11
20
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0:55.426
1.522
11

05 Dec 2020

Chequered flag is out, Bottas tops the session ahead of Verstappen and Russell. But at the other end Fittipaldi, Raikkonen, Aitken, Latifi and Magnussen miss out on Q2. To beat Raikkonen in his first qualifying session is quite the achievement for Aitken.

05 Dec 2020

Bottas is back on top with a 0:53.904 as he switches to the soft rubber.

05 Dec 2020

Two minutes to go, flood of laps incoming.

05 Dec 2020

Another handy lap for Aitken who improves to P15 and moves out of the elimination zone with six minutes to go.

05 Dec 2020

A 54.0 for Verstappen as he now sets the pace in Q1.

05 Dec 2020

Bottas briefly moves to the top of the standings with a 0:54.6 on the medium tyres, but Sergio Perez soon takes that spot for himself, though the 0.340s advantage will definitely have been aided by the soft rubber on the Racing Point.

05 Dec 2020

Ferrari go straight into the 0:54s.

05 Dec 2020

Kevin Magnussen sets the very early pace on a 0:55.464 ahead of Aitken who gets the better of Williams team-mate Nicholas Latifi on his first run.

05 Dec 2020

On goes the green light, Q1 begins!

05 Dec 2020

We are in full darkness now for Q1, but track temperature has only dropped by two degrees from FP3 to 27c.

05 Dec 2020

Under five minutes to go now, Q1 is going to be barmy!

05 Dec 2020

Along with Fittipaldi, Jack Aitken at Williams is the other driver to look out for as he prepares for his first qualifying session in Formula 1.

05 Dec 2020

One driver who is carrying grid penalties into qualifying is Haas' Pietro Fittipaldi after taking new engine components.

05 Dec 2020

Ferrari should have Sebastian Vettel ready for Q1 following a precautionary engine change. They are fitting the power unit he used in Friday practice though so there will be no grid penalties.

05 Dec 2020

George Russell had a bit of a wake-up call in the other Mercedes, finishing FP3 with a 0.6s deficit to Verstappen. But he is called Mr Saturday for a reason, so don't rule Russell out!

05 Dec 2020

Max Verstappen heads into Q1 with the advantage after putting his Red Bull top of the pile in FP3. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas has two tenths to find.

05 Dec 2020

Hello and welcome back to Bahrain. We are 30 minutes away from what is sure to be a crazy Q1 around the Outer Circuit. All times are local.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:53.647
-
11
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:53.787
0.140
11
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:53.803
0.156
15
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:53.818
0.171
14
5
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:53.819
0.172
16
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0:53.825
0.178
18
7
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:53.840
0.193
13
8
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:53.856
0.209
21
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:53.871
0.224
9
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:53.941
0.294
19
11
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:53.995
0.348
13
12
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:54.026
0.379
12
13
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:54.175
0.528
17
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:54.377
0.730
14
15
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:54.693
1.046
15

05 Dec 2020

At the end of Q2 Verstappen in P1 and Lance Stroll in P7 are separated by less than two tenths!

05 Dec 2020

Only P15 for Norris while team-mate Sainz finishes P4, a poor showing from the Briton who is eliminated and brands that final lap "messy". Giovinazzi, Vettel, Albon and Ocon join the McLaren man in elimination after Q2.

05 Dec 2020

Traffic everywhere as drivers look to nail their final flying laps. Verstappen shoots up to P1 with a 53.6 on the softs.

05 Dec 2020

Leclerc improves by over two tenths to P6, Vettel abandons his lap and stays P13.

05 Dec 2020

P3 for Sainz on the soft rubber. What a scrap this is shaping up to be for Q3. Ferrari are sticking with the mediums despite both being in the elimination zone.

05 Dec 2020

Hello Sergio! It's P1 for the Mexican with a 0:53.7 on the soft tyres.

05 Dec 2020

Bottas is in to the 0:53s, and a solid effort from Russell who goes P2 only 0.016s slower than his team-mate. Verstappen must settle for P3 after his first run. Medium tyres for those three times.

05 Dec 2020

Russell literally drives off the track at Turn 1 to get out of Sainz's way who starts a flying lap.

05 Dec 2020

The light is green for Q2, who will make the top 10 shoot-out for pole?
Qualifying 3
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:53.377
-
24
2
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:53.403
0.026
25
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:53.433
0.056
17
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0:53.613
0.236
21
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:53.790
0.413
17
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:53.906
0.529
26
7
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:53.957
0.580
15
8
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:54.010
0.633
20
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:54.154
0.777
28
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:54.200
0.823
19

05 Dec 2020

Verstappen also looks well in the mix. Join us tomorrow for what will surely be an electrifying Sakhir Grand Prix.

05 Dec 2020

Well then, Russell has proven that he can match Bottas on a Saturday, but will the race prove too much for the Briton's inexperience? A nice slipstream down to Turn 1 could say otherwise!

05 Dec 2020

Business as normal then with Verstappen in P3, followed by Leclerc, Perez, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Sainz, Gasly and Stroll.

05 Dec 2020

Bottas takes pole for the Sakhir Grand Prix! And it's a Mercedes front-row lockout as Russell misses out on pole by only 0.026s seconds, what an effort!

05 Dec 2020

Leclerc is out of the car, he isn't going to even try to beat his mega time!

05 Dec 2020

Provisional pole for Bottas! Russell goes purple in the final sector to go P2, 0.14s down on Bottas.

05 Dec 2020

It's P4 for Perez who moves ahead of Russell. Mercedes it's confirmed were on used softs for that first run.

05 Dec 2020

Racing Point wait for the track to quieten down as Perez and Stroll start their flying laps.

05 Dec 2020

Provisional pole for Verstappen, Leclerc is on the front row as it stands. He is only 0.022s down on the Red Bull man.

05 Dec 2020

On goes the green light. It's Russell's first Q3 appearance, can he celebrate with pole and continue the 100% streak of outqualifying a team-mate?
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:54.546
-
49
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:54.722
0.176
29
3
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:54.811
0.265
18
4
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:54.868
0.322
44
5
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:55.011
0.465
40
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:55.166
0.620
37
7
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:55.273
0.727
49
8
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:55.281
0.735
40
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:55.379
0.833
39
10
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0:55.449
0.903
35
11
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:55.558
1.012
41
12
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:55.716
1.170
33
13
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:55.757
1.211
41
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:55.783
1.237
32
15
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:55.858
1.312
35
16
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:56.078
1.532
47
17
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0:56.130
1.584
37
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
0:56.764
2.218
48
19
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0:57.077
2.531
24
20
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0:57.187
2.641
33

04 Dec 2020

Well, considering there was a new track and a few drivers in new cars, that was a fairly uneventful session. As they all get more comfortable though, could we see some mistakes creep in? We'll find out in just over two hours when FP2 starts. See you then.

04 Dec 2020

Fittitpaldi and Aitken unsurprisingly finished in P19 and P20, but both were less than half a second off Latifi.

04 Dec 2020

Renault and Ferrari complete the top 10, with Ocon and Vettel leading Ricciardo and Leclerc.

04 Dec 2020

Kvyat finished in P5 with Gasly P6 in a session that couldn't have gone much better for AlphaTauri. If they have that pace tomorrow, things could be interesting in the midfield.

04 Dec 2020

Verstappen took P2, just ahead of Albon, while Bottas won't be happy with P4 and will want to make amends later today.

04 Dec 2020

So, Russell ends his first session in a Mercedes in P1. Not bad going. He looked comfortable in his new car throughout.

04 Dec 2020

That's that for FP1.

04 Dec 2020

Bottas doesn't seem happy with the balance of the car. Starting the weekend behind Russell is exactly what he would have wanted to avoid.

04 Dec 2020

Aitken, like Fittipaldi, locks up and destroys his tyres.

04 Dec 2020

Everyone out on softs for their final runs. Will we see any late improvements?

04 Dec 2020

With 15 minutes left of FP1, the top five is Russell, Verstappen, Albon, Bottas, Kvyat.

04 Dec 2020

Albon becomes out first spinner of the weekend, and is lucky to avoid the barriers.

04 Dec 2020

He doesn't stay top for long as Russell retakes the spot.

04 Dec 2020

Albon goes 0.037s quicker than his team-mate to take P1. With his future at stake, he needs a good weekend more than anyone.

04 Dec 2020

Kvyat goes P2, while Gasly is P5. AlphaTauri are looking strong early on here.

04 Dec 2020

Verstappen goes purple and takes us into the 54s.

04 Dec 2020

Fittipaldi isn't fairing as well in his new car. He's just locked up and destroyed a new set of tyres.

04 Dec 2020

Russell has gone top with a 0.55.003.

04 Dec 2020

No major incidents, either. Everyone seems to have a good understanding of the layout already, although Sainz did need some directions...

04 Dec 2020

Not too much action in terms of times at the moment as drivers settle in for longer runs.

04 Dec 2020

Albon goes P3.

04 Dec 2020

Perez and Stroll have now done times and gone P10 and P14. We have a full board.

04 Dec 2020

Looking at the track, we're going to see a *lot* of overtaking on Sunday.

04 Dec 2020

The Racing Points now the only ones yet to set a time. Of those that have, Aitken and Fittipaldi are the bottom two.

04 Dec 2020

Verstappen goes straight into P2, half a second down.

04 Dec 2020

Bottas is out and immediately takes P1 with a 0.55.154.

04 Dec 2020

He then improves by three tenths. Most are running the soft tyre at the moment.

04 Dec 2020

Ricciardo goes top with a 0.56.194.

04 Dec 2020

Russell's first time is a 0.58.951. He goes P6 as more times come in.

04 Dec 2020

Typing those kind of times is going to take some getting used to...

04 Dec 2020

Yep, there it is. Sainz's next lap is a 0.56.631.

04 Dec 2020

Sainz does the first time, a 1:05.259. Expect laps to reach sub-minute times.

04 Dec 2020

Russell heads out early to do an installation lap before heading back in.

04 Dec 2020

Right then, show us what you've got, George. FP1 is go.

04 Dec 2020

We've just seen Russell in Mercedes overalls. When was the last time anticipation for FP1 was this high? It's been a while, that's for sure.

04 Dec 2020

While it will be intriguing to see how Fittipaldi and Aitken get on, all eyes will undoubtedly be on how Russell performs at Mercedes. Many don't think Valtteri Bottas deserves to be in a Mercedes next year ahead of him, and what happens this weekend will

04 Dec 2020

At Williams meanwhile, reserve driver Jack Aitken will be filling in for Russell, making his F1 debut.

04 Dec 2020

Shortly after that announcement, the F1 world was well and truly rocked by the news that Lewis Hamilton had tested positive for COVID-19 and George Russell would be standing in for him this weekend. the Brit has had precious few opportunities to prove jus

04 Dec 2020

The first to be confirmed was Pietro Fittipaldi, who will be standing in for Romain Grosjean at Haas, with the Frenchman recovering from his horror crash last week. Fittipaldi has experience testing for Haas, but this will be his race weekend debut.

04 Dec 2020

Not only will we have a new layout for this race weekend, but way's more, three teams will have new faces in their cars. With 30 minutes to go until FP1 starts, let's go through all the changes...

04 Dec 2020

Welcome back to the Sakhir circuit for Bahrain part 2, otherwise known as the Sakhir Grand Prix. This weekend's race, the penultimate grand prix on the 2020 calendar, will use the outer oval loop which promises to up the drama.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:54.713
-
48
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:54.841
0.128
43
3
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:54.866
0.153
52
4
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:54.940
0.227
50
5
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:55.036
0.323
42
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:55.068
0.355
58
7
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:55.104
0.391
44
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:55.124
0.411
47
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:55.133
0.420
48
10
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:55.258
0.545
39
11
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:55.321
0.608
52
12
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:55.484
0.771
54
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:55.533
0.820
57
14
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0:55.738
1.025
49
15
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
0:55.784
1.071
52
16
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:55.830
1.117
43
17
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:56.031
1.318
14
18
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0:56.110
1.397
56
19
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0:56.260
1.547
58
20
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
2

04 Dec 2020

The final practice session will get underway at 17:00 local time, and coverage will begin right here 30 minutes beforehand. See you then.

04 Dec 2020

Next up this weekend is FP3, and after comes the most highly anticipated qualifying session in a long, long time. If Russell can maintain his perfect head-to-head qualifying record in F1, he'll most likely end up on pole.

04 Dec 2020

The full FP2 result: P1 Russell, P2 Verstappen, P3 Perez, P4 Ocon, P5 Albon, P6 Kvyat, P7 Stroll, P8 Ricciardo, P9 Gasly, P10 Sainz, P11 Bottas, P12 Raikkonen, P13 Giovinazzi, P14 Magnussen, P15 Latifi, P16 Vettel, P17 Norris, P18 Fittipaldi, P19 Aitken,

04 Dec 2020

Albon himself finished FP2 in P5, between Ocon and Kvyat. Stroll, Ricciardo, Gasly and Sainz completed the top 10.

04 Dec 2020

Racing Point have no such issues when it comes to straight line speed, and Perez used his Mercedes power to take P3. Last weekend he got the better of Albon, but could he challenge the lead Red Bull this time around?

04 Dec 2020

Like earlier today, Verstappen finished in P2, but he doesn't seem happy with his car, in terms of understeer and straight line speed. Red Bull will need to address those issues in FP3.

04 Dec 2020

It should be said that neither of the sessions were clean for Bottas, and he undoubtedly hasn't gone as quick as he can yet. Even so, Russell has been impressive.

04 Dec 2020

Anyway, that's that for FP2, and Russell has made it two from two. Not a bad start to life in the W11 for him.

04 Dec 2020

Verstappen has said that a car is "so quick on the straights" and "impossible to pass", but it's unclear who he's referring to. Presumably Mercedes or Racing Point.

04 Dec 2020

Gravel has just hit Gasly's finger and he's in a lot of pain.

04 Dec 2020

Asides from Leclerc, Norris has had the worst session as an issue forced him back to the garage early on.

04 Dec 2020

The track is very busy indeed right now. With slipstreams so important here, expect a huge amount of traffic jams tomorrow.

04 Dec 2020

Racing Point didn't have the best FP1, but are looking much stronger now, with Perez and Stroll in P3 and P7 respectively.

04 Dec 2020

A number of drivers are out on fresh softs, but look to be doing longer runs with higher fuel loads.

04 Dec 2020

With just under half an hour to go, Russell currently leads Verstappen at the top, with Perez, Ocon and Albon completing the top five.

04 Dec 2020

Bottas has ended his qualifying simulations without being able to get a clean lap on the board, so it's pretty likely that Russell will top this session too...

04 Dec 2020

Leclerc won't be back out on track tonight. Some Ferrari mechanics will be up late..

04 Dec 2020

Russell goes two tenths down on Bottas's deleted time, but it's enough to put him top.

04 Dec 2020

He's had it deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 8.

04 Dec 2020

Bottas goes P1 with a 0.54.506 on the softest compound.

04 Dec 2020

Ocon moves up to P2. WIth more drivers putting on softs, he may not stay there for long.

04 Dec 2020

Vettel spins again, and Magnussen has to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting him. Not a good evening for Ferrari so far.

04 Dec 2020

That being said, Perez has just gone top with softs, doing a 0.54.866.

04 Dec 2020

Unlike in the first session, the vast majority of drivers have been running the medium tyre so far.

04 Dec 2020

Last week, Verstappen said his Red Bull was bouncing like a kangaroo, and he's reporting the same problems again.

04 Dec 2020

Albon takes P4. Russell, meanwhile, is back out on another flying lap.

04 Dec 2020

Verstappen takes top spot on mediums with a 0.55.043.

04 Dec 2020

Bottas goes P2 on the hard tyre.

04 Dec 2020

Russell's first lap of the session puts him in P6, just behind Kvyat.

04 Dec 2020

Things are going even worse for the other Ferrari. Leclerc has just coasted into the pits with an apparent gearbox issues.

04 Dec 2020

On his first lap, Vettel spins at Turn 2, much like Albon did in FP1. Those tyres are done.

04 Dec 2020

The Racing Points head out and go straight to P1 and P2, with Perez leading. Ocon then goes above both.

04 Dec 2020

He doesn't stay top for long as Sainz puts in a 0.55.699.

04 Dec 2020

Raikkonen goes purple, doing a 0.56.082.

04 Dec 2020

Fittipaldi is the first on the board with a 0.56.949.

04 Dec 2020

FP2 is underway.

04 Dec 2020

Given it's a brand new circuit, there were surprisingly few incidents in FP1, with Alex Albon's spin the only big moment. However, as drivers get more comfortable, complacency and risk-taking could creep in...

04 Dec 2020

All of the action took place on the track's outer layout, which led to sub-minute lap times all across the board, which still feels a little strange to see.

04 Dec 2020

Things didn't go quite as well for Jack Aitken, who is filling in for Russell at Williams, and Pietro Fittipaldi, who is going so for Romain Grosjean at Haas. They finished P20 and P19 respectively, and both had big lock ups. Nevertheless, considering bot

04 Dec 2020

All eyes were on George Russell as he stands in for Lewis Hamilton this weekend, and his first session in the W11 couldn't have gone much better. He finished it in P1 ahead of Max Verstappen and three places up on team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

04 Dec 2020

As i'm sure you're aware of by now, this weekend sees two brand new drivers take part and another in a new car. Here's how they all got on earlier today in FP1...

04 Dec 2020

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second practice session of the Sakhir Grand Prix. All times are local to the venue.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0:54.064
-
23
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0:54.270
0.206
20
3
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
0:54.427
0.363
24
4
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
0:54.453
0.389
21
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0:54.606
0.542
15
6
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
0:54.629
0.565
22
7
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
0:54.664
0.600
20
8
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0:54.678
0.614
20
9
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0:54.693
0.629
18
10
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0:54.720
0.656
16
11
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:54.845
0.781
20
12
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
0:54.850
0.786
23
13
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0:54.854
0.790
21
14
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0:54.857
0.793
15
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0:54.858
0.794
17
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0:55.171
1.107
20
17
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0:55.347
1.283
19
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
0:55.493
1.429
21
19
Nationality
Pietro Fittipaldi
Haas
0:55.666
1.602
21
20
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
0:55.670
1.606
23

05 Dec 2020

Well, the battle for pole is going to be immense! Mercedes and Red Bull are there, but AlphaTauri, Renault and McLaren all look capable of a surprise based on FP3. Good luck betting on who makes Q3! Join us in around 90 minutes as we start to build up for

05 Dec 2020

Giovinazzi finishes FP3 in P11, followed by Kvyat, Leclerc, Ricciardo, Vettel, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Latifi, Fittipaldi and Aitken.

05 Dec 2020

Gasly, Ocon, Norris, Albon, Russell, Perez, Stroll and Sainz complete the top 10.

05 Dec 2020

Anyway that is session over, it's Verstappen who heads into qualifying with the momentum, Bottas has two tenths to find on the Dutchman.

05 Dec 2020

Leclerc goes for a late spin at the final turn. Those softs won't be much use now.

05 Dec 2020

Three minutes remaining in the session, Verstappen, Bottas and Gasly are the top three. A solid showing from Gasly in the AlphaTauri.

05 Dec 2020

Ferrari confirm a precautionary engine change for Vettel. This will be a tight squeeze with qualifying just over two hours away.

05 Dec 2020

Albon relegates Russell to P4 as the Briton fails to improve on his latest flying lap. Make that P5 as Verstappen shoots up to P1 on a 54:0!

05 Dec 2020

That will be an eye-opener for Russell, Norris goes P2 for McLaren!

05 Dec 2020

Bottas was set to improve further there but a wide moment at the final corner did him no favours. Russell improved slightly but he still has four tenths to find.

05 Dec 2020

A very handy 54:8 from Vettel on the softs to split the Mercedes.

05 Dec 2020

Second lap on the softs wasn't an improvement for Russell. And just to make things even harder for the Briton Bottas improves to a 54:5, almost half a second up on Russell.

05 Dec 2020

Russell moves to P1 on the softs, but Bottas quickly takes that back with a 54:8. 0.12s is the difference between the Mercs halfway through FP3.

05 Dec 2020

And now Verstappen goes for a spin at Turn 2, a little too eager on the throttle there.

05 Dec 2020

Now the big hitters are waking up, a 55:010 from Bottas on the softs send him P1, Verstappen slots in to P2 under two tenths down on the Mercedes man, but interestingly on the hard rubber.

05 Dec 2020

Nice mix of compounds early on here in FP3, Both Racing Points are out on the medium tyres, while Alex Albon in the Red Bull has the hard tyres bolted to his RB16.

05 Dec 2020

Quite the lap there from Ricciardo. Running the hard tyres as opposed to the softs that Norris used, he sets a 0:55.311. The Renault driver also had to contend with serious traffic in the final sector.

05 Dec 2020

Norris already reports that the engine isn't feeling great. But he sets a 0:55.555 so it doesn't seem like the issue is too troublesome.

05 Dec 2020

Lando Norris and Kevin Magnussen now head out on to the circuit.

05 Dec 2020

Fittipaldi shaves a couple of tenths off his time as he continues his run.

05 Dec 2020

And it's a 0:56.499 from Fittipaldi to get us started for FP3. "Balance is pretty good, just kind of had to get used to the speed again," was his summary of that first flying lap.

05 Dec 2020

On goes the green light to get FP3 underway! Fittipaldi heads straight out for Haas. Still feels great having that name in Formula 1 again.

05 Dec 2020

Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso are having a nice chat in the pit lane. Would love to be a fly on the pit wall there!

05 Dec 2020

Just a few minutes now until FP3 gets underway! The sun is setting but we still have a very toasty track temperature of 29c.

05 Dec 2020

Racing Point's Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for Renault also looked very handy on Friday, finishing P3 and P4 respectively in the afternoon session.

05 Dec 2020

On a track as short as the Outer Circuit, the grid naturally bunches up. Ferrari are one to watch out for. Sebastian Vettel finished FP2 down in P16 while Charles Leclerc didn't set a time due to a driveshaft failure, but Leclerc, in particular, is confid

05 Dec 2020

There were two other changes heading into the weekend, those being Pietro Fittipaldi at Haas who replaces the injured Romain Grosjean and Jack Aitken standing in at Williams. Both were generally pleased with their Friday form, though Aitken said he still

05 Dec 2020

Max Verstappen, as always, looks very much in the mix heading into FP3. By the end of Friday he had narrowed his deficit to Russell down to just over a tenth of a second,

05 Dec 2020

We're yet to see the best of Russell's team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn picked up damage in FP1 before having his fastest FP2 time deleted for track limits, a lap which was set to put Bottas comfortably P1.

05 Dec 2020

On his Mercedes debut, George Russell topped both practice sessions on Friday, though he said the results weren't a "true representation" of his pace. Controlling expectations or truth? We will find out this afternoon.

05 Dec 2020

Hello and welcome to Bahrain! The final practice session ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix is only 30 minutes away. All times are local.
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
369
2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
369
3
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
218
4
Sergio Perez Red Bull
190
5
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
158
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
587
2
Red Bull
559
3
Ferrari
307
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

28 Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Valtteri Bottas

18 Apr

Italian (Emilia-Rom...
1. Max Verstappen 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Lando Norris