2020 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix, Algarve, 1st free practice

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Predominantly in sunny weather, with air temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius and asphalt temperatures of 28-29 degrees, the first free practice of the 2020 Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix took place on the 4653-meter, 15-turn Algarve track in Portimao.

For F1s, the first practice at a site known only from a test more than a decade ago was, of course, about getting to know each other. Due to this, as well as the initial poor traction of the asphalt, the changing wind conditions, many made mistakes here and there, for example, the Red Bull Max Verstappen also spun open.

At Ferrari, which is testing the new floorboard for 2021, Charles Lecelrc also nearly finished in the gravel bed, just as routine Kimi Räikkönen turned Alfa Romeo.

Mercedes is scheduled to go the weekend without using the DAS system to improve tire handling, but they still had the best pace, the fastest was Valtteri Bottas, teammate defending champion Lewis Hamilton got a good three-tenths from the Finn.

Behind them, the two Red Bulls grabbed Leclerc for sandwiches, Max Verstappen narrow eight, Monaco nine, Alex Albon nine and a half tenths slower than Bottas, though while the Mercis ran their fastest laps on the mid-mix Pirelli, the chasing trio did the slower hard the same.

In the second half of the top10, five different teams were represented: Carlos Sainz of mclarenes, Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Kimi Räikkönen of Alfa Romeo, Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Pierre Gasly of alphatauris followed 6-10. place.

Around the middle of the workout, Verstappen’s Red Bull blew bluish smoke for a while, he also complained about Racing Point’s Lance Stroll oil film, but we didn’t hear of a problem later than the Dutch, unlike renault’s Esteban Ocon, who, after the downfall, something went wrong around the drain, generating much more serious smoke. The team asked the Frenchman to return to the box without changing gears, so he missed a start simulation from the starting grid.

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