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Verstappen heads final practice for Sakhir GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen led the way during final practice for Formula 1’s Sakhir Grand Prix on the Outer Layout of the Bahrain International Circuit.

Verstappen clocked a time of 54:064s to finish two-tenths of a second clear of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, having recovered from a clumsy spin at Turn 2.

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly was an encouraging third, 0.363s behind Verstappen, while Esteban Ocon built on his and Renault’s impressive Friday pace to take fourth.

Lando Norris bounced back from a difficult Friday, in which he suffered a broken floor and a power unit issue, to take fifth, with Alexander Albon sixth.

Albon’s best lap time came on the Medium tyres as he complained of understeer from the RB16.

Russell slips to seventh

George Russell got his Mercedes career off to the perfect start as he topped both Friday practice sessions beneath the floodlights.

In Saturday’s one-hour session Russell trailed team-mate Bottas by almost four-tenths of a second as he slipped to seventh overall.

Racing Point pair Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll classified eighth and ninth as McLaren’s Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10.

Ferrari’s struggles continue

Ferrari endured another trying session as its difficult campaign limps towards a conclusion.

Charles Leclerc finished only 13th, 0.009s and two spots behind the customer Alfa Romeo driven by Antonio Giovinazzi, and also had a half-spin exiting the final corner late on.

Sebastian Vettel was further back, finishing in 15th position, with his session ending due to Ferrari beginning a precautionary engine change ahead of qualifying.

Haas and Williams again finished at the back, with Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi ahead of respective debutants Pietro Fittipaldi and Jack Aitken.

Qualifying for Formula 1’s Sakhir Grand Prix is scheduled for 17:00 local time.

# Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 M. VERSTAPPEN Red Bull 0:54.064 23
2 V. BOTTAS Mercedes 0:54.270 +0.206 20
3 P. GASLY AlphaTauri 0:54.427 +0.363 24
4 E. OCON Renault 0:54.453 +0.389 21
5 L. NORRIS McLaren 0:54.606 +0.542 15
6 A. ALBON Red Bull 0:54.629 +0.565 22
7 G. RUSSELL Mercedes 0:54.664 +0.600 20
8 S. PEREZ Racing Point 0:54.678 +0.614 20
9 L. STROLL Racing Point 0:54.693 +0.629 18
10 C. SAINZ McLaren 0:54.720 +0.656 16
11 A. GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo 0:54.845 +0.781 20
12 D. KVYAT AlphaTauri 0:54.850 +0.786 23
13 C. LECLERC Ferrari 0:54.854 +0.790 21
14 D. RICCIARDO Renault 0:54.857 +0.793 15
15 S. VETTEL Ferrari 0:54.858 +0.794 17
16 K. RAIKKONEN Alfa Romeo 0:55.171 +1.107 20
17 K. MAGNUSSEN Haas 0:55.347 +1.283 19
18 N. LATIFI Williams 0:55.493 +1.429 21
19 P. FITTIPALDI Haas 0:55.666 +1.602 21
20 J. AITKEN Williams 0:55.670 +1.606 23

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