Bad start of Russian F1 GP 2020 for Carlos Sainz. The Spanish rider suffered an accident in the first free practice session of the Russian event, hitting the protective walls with the back of his Mclaren, thus destroying the rear wing and being forced to waste a lot of time in the pits. With only 8 laps to his credit, the Madrilenian could no longer go out on the track since his mechanics did not arrive in time to fix the damage to the Spanish car before the end of a session that began with mastery of Bottas, with 0 ”507 of advantage over Ricciardo and more than 6 tenths over Verstappen and a Hamilton totally isolated that finished penultimate when not looking for a good time at any time.
English is so abundant that, in the Big prize that aspires to equal the all-time record of 91 wins of Schumacher in the F1, started the weekend focused on working long runs on the hard tire while the rest of the cars worked to find the best settings.
McLaren evaluates the new nose and a new wing
However, the important thing is not how the weekend starts, but how it ends, and in this sense, Carlos Sainz You will have the opportunity to find the right set up for your car in the second session this Friday, more representative for the conditions of the track and temperature. The Spaniard will have to multiply his work to fulfill most of the program he had planned for the whole day.
Another question that remains to be resolved is whether Mclaren will choose to leave in his car for the qualifying on Saturday and Sunday’s race the news that he brings Sochi: the nose that you already tried Carlos in Mugello, which in FP1 was tested by Norris, and a new front wing. If expectations are met and parts work as expected, they should help to Mclaren improve your times on a Russian track where Landau it could only be 13th.
Renault and Racing point start on the right foot
Among the rivals of Mclaren in the middle zone, they stand out Renault Y Racing point. Daniel Ricciardo, with the French car, achieved the second best time of the day, while his teammate Or with was sixth. In third position was placed Verstappen ahead of the two Racing point.
As for the pink cars, it is striking that Pérez surpassed Stroll by more than one tenth despite not having the latest aerodynamic evolution in his car, which for the second week in a row only rides the Canadian driver. Good message to start from the Mexican to his entire team, whom he accused at a press conference on Thursday of starting to hide information from him.
He too Alpha Tauri of Kvyat started well, in seventh place, while in Ferrari surprised Vettel, since he was ninth beating in more than half a second a Leclerc which was tenth behind Gasly.
The middle zone is again very tight and very exciting, and for now, Mclaren, with the accident of Sainz and aerodynamic tests of Norris, He was not as competitive as his opponents, although we will have to wait for the second session to see if the English team can be in that fight or as in Mugello repeat as sixth best team.
Albon, a long way from Verstappen
As for Red Bull, it should be noted that Verstappen, despite making his time in full traffic and with great room for improvement, he managed to get 7 tenths from his partner Albon, which was eighth. Alex still very pressured. The podium of Mugello It helped him to catch some air, but the Thai should not relax, since there are many pilots lurking for his site in Red bull.