Max second in opening practice at Portimao
Published on 30 April 2021 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen started his Portuguese Grand Prix weekend with a second place in the opening practice session. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was quickest around the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Max’ Red Bull Racing team mate, Sergio Perez, completed the top three.
Bottas is the first driver to hit the track, soon followed by Callum Ilott in the Alfa Romeo. The latter youngster taking over FP1 duties from Alfa regular Antonio Giovinazzi.
Fifteen minutes into the session, Max makes his way out of the garage in his RB16B. He is on the pace from the start, clocking the second quickest time on his first flying lap, soon followed by an even quicker lap on the hard Pirelli tyres, propelling him to the top of the standings.
Soon after, Valtteri Bottas pips the Dutchman, before Max retaliates with a purple first and final sector to claim P1 again.
At the halfway mark, Max sits in second, after Bottas has set his best effort on the soft Pirelli tyres. Fifteen minutes later, both Max and Mercedes colleague Lewis Hamilton, join Bottas on the fastest Pirelli compound in an attempt to topple the Finn.
Despite clocking his best time of the session, Max stays in second, complaining about the tyres: “I can’t see where I’m going, there are so many vibrations in the tyres”, he tells the team.
In the closing stages, Max heads out once more but does not have enough time to set another lap time, meaning he finishes FP1 in second.
|2||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:19.673||+0.025s||23|
|3||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:19.846||+0.198s||22|
|6||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri Honda||1:20.444||+0.796s||31|
|7||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||1:20.529||+0.881s||29|
|8||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:20.635||+0.987s||26|
|10||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:20.800||+1.152s||27|
|11||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:20.894||+1.246s||29|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:20.995||+1.347s||31|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri Honda||1:21.090||+1.442s||28|
|14||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:21.303||+1.655s||31|
|15||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:21.381||+1.733s||25|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||VET||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:21.405||+1.757s||31|
|17||Callum Ilott||ILO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:21.806||+2.158s||21|
|18||Mick Schumacher||MSC||Haas Ferrari||1:21.939||+2.291s||29|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:22.293||+2.645s||29|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||MAZ||Haas Ferrari||1:24.224||+4.576s||29|