The second training session began with problems for title chasers: Hamilton managed to save his Mercedes from an accident in the gravel. Verstappen dropped his Red Bull Honda shortly before the hole entrance with a broken engine shaft. End of the business day. It was enough for the fourteenth place …
Super Max gets angry
Those were the moments that bothered the Dutchman with the police for years and left him looking behind the scenes in the direction of Mercedes.
Even if Honda is pushing Red Bull and especially Alpha Tore with Gasly and child prodigy Tsunoda in its fourth year of farewell, there are some unanswered questions about next season. Because Red Bull will take care of the Japanese PS hearts at its engine plant next to the main building in Milton Keynes (Gb). Even if the engines are frozen until the end of 2024 (then new engine regulations will come), some experts do not trust that the police will be able to survive against Mercedes without the help of the factory.
Only reliable Mercedes
Black painted silver arrows will also be standard in 2021. Your credibility is terrifying. Hamilton has only stopped once in its last 86 races – Spielberg 2018.
And always something goes wrong with Red Bull. Usually in the most stupid moments. This time, in the first training session, there was an accident between newcomer Sergio Perez and AlpineF1 driver Esteban Ocon. The red light went off for ten minutes.
The FIA assessed the accident as a “misunderstanding” – so there are no penalties. Although television images were missing around the world and in Imola, battle markers showed a flat tire in the left back of Perez and a broken suspension in the front to the right of Okun.
Let us remember: In Bahrain, the daredevil Hajj drove the French ship Ocon over the heap from behind. This time Sebastian Vettel (33) owes a lot to Aston Martin Mercedes again – he remained behind teammate Lance Stroll (22) in both training sessions. He had already said on Thursday: “Our car is definitely not as good as last year!” When you’re still wearing pink like Racing Point …
Ferrari and Tori shine
At Ferrari, there is a close group duel between newcomer Carlos Sainz and captain Charles Leclerc (red decade until the end of 2024).
As in Bahrain, Alpha Tauri-Honda has by far made Imola’s biggest progress. Gasly is a proven value and Tsunoda has already delighted millions of fans! “In Europe the euphoria is evident, in Japan my fans wait a little longer to express their joy …”
Russell warns Alpha Sauber
At Alfa-Sauber, after the first day in Europe, there is still no clear direction to be seen. Giovinazzi “at home” is much faster than Raikkonen. How well praised C41 really is so much, qualification has to appear on Saturday from 2pm (live TV).
One thing is already clear: Russell and Latif in a Williams-Mercedes will ditch the stern in favor of Haas Ferrari. Yes, the talented superhero George Russell dreams of an attack on Alpha Sauber: “Your level in Bahrain is not quite in line with the current situation. The desert was specially designed for Alfa. But Antonio and Kimi can’t keep doing it all season.”
Mazbin: Draher and Crash
Russian Nikita Mazpin (22), who was criticized in Bahrain with four rounds and a quick retirement, caused a stir on the first lap – Drahir. Haas Ferrari driver already has his own social media page: “When will Nikita Mazepin take over?”
One can only hope that a classmate of Shomik will soon be able to make friends with the weak car and strengthen his nerves. In the first training session, the German was 0.3 seconds faster than Mazepin in the two rear positions. In the afternoon it was 0.5 seconds.
“leave me alone!”
The team wanted to point out some errors for Mazpin, but Mazpin seemed annoyed: “Leave me alone. We’ll discuss that later!”
By the way, in the morning Mazepin finished the first 60 minutes with a bang. He shot Haase at the wall at the second corner of Revatzka. Or the father (and team sponsor) can push.
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Results of Imola’s second training.