2021 Formula One Sao Paulo Grand Prix, 1st freestyle

The first free practice of the 2021 Formula One Sao Paulo Grand Prix at the 4,309-meter, 15-bend Interlagos race track took place in heavily cloudy, overcast temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius and asphalt. Only in his name is the race new, the asphalt strip has so far been home to the Brazilian Grand Prix.

On the 19th weekend of the 2021 season, it was the only free practice on Friday, so teams and pilots tried to condense more tasks into the 60-minute practice than ever before. Hence, in the first two minutes, virtually everyone drove to the track to prepare for the evening timer, which will decide the starting order for the sprint. In addition, since the start of the locator, teams have not been able to touch their cars for the rest of the weekend, so it has become key for everyone to set up their car as best they can.

The teams also managed to get ready to practice with the cars: it was questionable whether the parts would arrive, the resources only arrived in Interlagos on Thursday much later than usual.

Lewis Hamilton was given a brand new V6 powerplant, meaning he was replaced with an engine again, so the seven-time Mercedes world champion received five correct starting penalties. The sanction will take effect at Sunday’s Grand Prix, meaning the sprint will start where it ends the timer.

During the free practice, the weather kept getting cool, and according to Lance Stroll, the Canadian of Aston Martin, it was even starting to rain. Later, the intensity of this became stronger, but the transient tires were not yet available. This, as well as the unpaved track, brought countless setbacks, but we couldn’t see a more serious incident beyond that. By the way, the meteorologists predicted rain for the timer.

Hamilton was the fastest in training before Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Valtteri Bottas locked the energy drinkers in a Mercedes sandwich. Hamilton beat Verstappen in the 36th century, AlphaTauri with Pierre Gasly by 8 tenths, Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc in the 6-7. he was already a good second behind.

They were followed by another pair of teams, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, with Alpine, and Stroll was in the top ten.

The complete result list

The weekend continues with the evening timer, you can find the exact schedule of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix by clicking on the link below:


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