Friday Report – Opening Day

Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap time in both sessions on the opening day of practice for the 2021 Formula One season. The ambient temperature at the start of the FP2 session was 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Centigrade) and the track temperature was 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Centigrade). There was a lull at the 15 minute mark with most of the drivers now in the garages. The order was: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Perez, Sainz and Gasly. Just before the midpoint of the session Verstappen went out front at 1:30.874. Norris was now second ahead of Hamilton, Sainz, Bottas and Ricciardo. The top 10 at the end of FP2 were: Verstappen, Norris, Hamilton, Sainz, Bottas, Ricciardo, Tsunoda, Stroll, Gasly and Perez.

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