F1, Bahrain Grand Prix 2020, practice, results, times, qualifying, live, start time, how to watch, Daniel Ricciardo, Alex Albon crash


F1: Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice 3 and Qualifying: LIVE —

Friday’s practice at Bahrain was full of drama, with everything from huge crashes to even a stray dog on track.

Testing new Pirelli tyres for the 2021 season, plenty of the drivers struggled for pace and grip. In the second session, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen spun out on the final corner, but it was his teammate Alex Albon that suffered a monster shunt.

Saturday’s third practice session and qualifying promises to be just as interesting!

Follow the action in the live blog below.



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Practice results, times, Alex Albon crash, video, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo


Alex Albon accepted the blame on Saturday (AEDT) after his heavy and expensive crash during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix threatened to derail his future with Red Bull.

The London-born Thai driver, who has struggled this year to match the pace of Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, said he knew he should have backed off when he ran wide at the final corner before careering off into the barriers.

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“It was just one of those things,” he said as he tried to make light of his crash, which wrecked most of his car.

“I should have pulled out of it really.

“I was a bit surprised by the lack of grip. And it was quite a difficult, awkward angle — it wasn’t fun.” His crash came midway through the floodlit second session at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir. The right side of his Red Bull car was severely damaged and both wheels were left hanging only by their tethers.

You can watch Albon’s heavy crash in the video player above

Albon, who is fighting to keep his seat in the team next year after being warned to ‘raise his game’, was lucky to escape injury.

He said he had been trying “a couple of things, that didn’t quite work out, but actually I felt I was just getting up to speed.” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the crash was “frustrating” and that he expected the repair bill for the car to be “significant.”

“Thankfully, Alex is OK, that’s the main thing,” he added. “Obviously there’s a lot of superficial damage. The ‘monocoque’ looked ok, the engine looks OK and it’s not a race gearbox, but it’s certainly going to keep the guys busy tonight.”

Albon wound up 10th after the opening day’s practice which was led by seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes ahead of Verstappen.

Despite leading the way, Hamilton was left venting after the second session came to an end over the Pirelli tyres.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had the same tyre for two years. At the end of 2019, they brought a new tyre, which they normally do, and it was quite a bit worse so they said ‘OK, we’ll just keep the tyre from last year’.

“So they have had two years now to develop a better tyre and we’ve arrived at a tyre which is three kilos heavier and it is like a second worse in lap time.

“I know for the fans that doesn’t make too much of a difference, but, from a driver point of view, we are working with brands and partners who are at the forefront of technology and elevate it.

“If you are going back after two years of development, then I don’t know what is happening! It definitely doesn’t feel good out there and it is a worry.

“I definitely just prefer to stay on these tyres again. If that is the best they can do, which it clearly is, it would just be better to stay with this tyre.”

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX P2 TIMES

1) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:28.971

2) Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +0.347

3) Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.365

4) Sergio Perez (Racing Point) +0.432

5) Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +0.491

6) Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) +0.580

7) Lando Norris (McLaren) +0.870

8) Lance Stroll (Racing Point) +0.900

9) Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) +0.929

10) Alexander Albon (Red Bull) +1.043

11) Esteban Ocon (Renault) +1.114

12) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +1.139

13) Carlos Sainz (McLaren) +1.300

14) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.436

15) Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) +1.656

16) Kevin Magnussen (Haas) +1.878

17) Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) +1.957

18) Nicholas Latifi (Williams) +2.002

19) Romain Grosjean (Haas) +2.148

20) George Russell (Williams) +2.665



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F1 2020: driver salaries, how much does Daniel Ricciardo earn, Lewis Hamilton, money, wages, richest F1 drivers, news,


Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton’s runaway lead doesn’t stop on the track.

The seven-time world champion is reportedly earning over $60 million more than his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and an estimated $75.2 million more than the lowest salary on the grid, Antonio Giovinzazzi.

The 2020 salaries of all twenty Formula 1 drivers have been revealed in the 2020 edition of Business Book GP, a financial monitor for racing.

The figures – which exclude endorsements – are simply eye-watering.

SEE THE FULL LIST BELOW!



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F1 2020: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir Circuit, new track, news, update, Daniel Ricciardo,


After months traipsing across Europe, Formula One is heading to Bahrain for back-to-back race weekends as the season’s conclusion looms.

And it’s set to provide two weekends of incredible drama – particularly the second week, which will take place on a ‘bonkers’ new-look circuit.

The first race will take place on the standard 5.4km track at the Sakhir Circuit, which has been in use for nearly two decades. But the second weekend will take place on the 3.5 km outer track – a high-speed loop that is expected to see lap times of under a minute!

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F1 2020, Turkish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, McLaren, practice 1, 2, standings, pay, Mercedes


Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he would drive for free if it meant getting behind the wheel of Mercedes’ seven-time world title-winning car.

Ricciardo is currently fourth in the driver standings and in the form of his life as he has propelled Renault almost single-handedly into third in the constructor championship as he prepares to move on to McLaren for next season.

Despite outscoring both McLaren drivers and Renault sitting a few points above its rivals on the standings, Ricciardo is switching teams after being forced to make a decision before seeing either cars race in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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F1 2020, Turkish Grand Prix, qualifying results, Daniel Ricciardo, grid, weather, highlights


Daniel Ricciardo revealed he was “just glad I made it” after a dicey qualifying session at the Turkish Grand Prix overnight.

The Aussie will start Sunday evening’s (AEDT) race in Istanbul from P5 on the grid after Lance Stroll took his maiden pole in a shock ending to a red flag-dominated qualifying session.

There were numerous spins as the session was red flagged twice, putting into doubt whether the rest of the session would even be able to be completed.

It was already a tough track to negotiate on Friday’s practice sessions because the newly-laid tarmac made it feel like an “ice rink” as the drivers struggled to get any sort of grip.

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F1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault ‘It’s not too late’, Fernando Alonso, McLaren move


Daniel Ricciardo’s 10th place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix may have been a bit of a blip, but the Aussie star is enjoying one of his best seasons in years in Formula One.

In the final week off of the season before the last three events close out the condensed 17-race world championship, Ricciardo and Renault’s relationship is coming to an end with the Aussie joining McLaren next season.

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After a horror first season with Renault, Ricciardo has enjoyed a resurgent 2020 season, finishing with points in 11 of the 14 races so far, including two podiums at historic F1 venues Nurburgring and Imola.

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Daniel Ricciardo, Renault ‘It’s not too late’, Fernando Alonso, McLaren move


Daniel Ricciardo’s 10th place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix may have been a bit of a blip, but the Aussie star is enjoying one of his best seasons in years in Formula One.

In the final week off of the season before the last three events close out the condensed 17-race world championship, Ricciardo and Renault’s relationship is coming to an end with the Aussie joining McLaren next season.

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After a horror first season with Renault, Ricciardo has enjoyed a resurgent 2020 season, finishing with points in 11 of the 14 races so far, including two podiums at historic F1 venues Nurburgring and Imola.

It’s been a welcome return to form for Ricciardo, who potentially on track for his best season since he finished third in the championship in the 2016 season with Red Bull.

While his 10th placed finish in Turkey dropped Ricciardo to sixth in the championship from fourth as Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc made up points, the Aussie remains just four points out of fourth spot with the final three races still to come.

But those three races will also be his final ones in a Renault with the move to McLaren, who are moving to Mercedes engines next season, locked in before the delayed start of the F1 season.

Ricciardo has consistently said he doesn’t regret having signed with McLaren but Renault sporting director Alan Permane revealed the esteem Renault hold the 31-year-old despite his move.

Speaking on the Beyond The Grid podcast, Permane said Ricciardo was in the top four of the sport, along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

“I’m only speaking from what I see, [which is] the same as everyone else sees – okay, I’ve seen a little bit more of Daniel but there’s him, there’s Lewis, there’s Charles and there’s Max. I think those four are a different level,” said Permane on the Beyond the Grid podcast.

“In and out of the car, you don’t meet many who are pretty much spot-on both ways. Daniel has done a great job in building a very strong team around him in terms of engineering, his mechanics and the people in the garage.”

Permane said young teammate Esteban Ocon is learning from the Aussie but if Renault had its way, they would convince Ricciardo to backflip on McLaren.

“Pre-COVID, when he would come to the factory and the whole team would be gathered in the race shop, you could tell there’s just love from everyone for him,” Permane said. “And I tell him every week it’s not too late to change his mind. Seriously, I do.

“Of course, it’s tongue-in-cheek and I know he can’t change his mind, and he doesn’t even pretend to say he would even consider it out of respect to his new team and all that.

“But who knows, if this had been a normal season and people weren’t making their minds up about team changes before we had even really turned a wheel, who knows where we would be now?”

Ricciardo’s departure has opened the opportunity for Renault to welcome back two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.

While Renault would have liked to hold on to Ricciardo, he admitted the season had been the most rewarding since the 2016 season.

“My enjoyment is really high at the moment, I’m loving racing, and I think that was also heightened from the kind of lockdown and missing the competition for longer off-season,” Ricciardo said.

“So having it taken away I think made my desire to come back obviously a lot a lot stronger.

“And yes, it’s been cool, and you’re probably right, 2016 was a really good year I remember with Red Bull, so this is probably the best, or the most satisfying, since then.”

Ricciardo had been through the ringer since then, departing Red Bull after eight retirements in his final season with the team.

In 2019, Renault struggled with Ricciardo ninth in the championship and the team going from the “best of the rest” to being well behind McLaren.

Despite the shortened season, Ricciardo already has more points than the team earned last year, and are in a four-way dogfight with Racing Point, McLaren and Ferrari, as all the teams are separated by 24 points.

“I think the last year (2018) at Red Bull was emotionally the most tough, because the start of the year it looked like maybe I was bidding for a world championship, and then mid-year I realised that I wanted to move on, and then towards the end of the year it was DNF after DNF,” Ricciardo said.

“So there were a lot of emotions that year, so to this day I think that was the most tough year for me emotionally, and how it played with me a little bit.

“Last year it was still fun, even though we didn’t really get the results we were after, it was still fun to try and build with a new team.

“This year it’s definitely been more fun, because that building has delivered some really good results.”



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F1 2020 News, Bahrain Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, McLaren switch, Lewis Hamilton


Alan Permane is still struggling to accept that Daniel Ricciardo is on the way out.

So much so that the Renault sporting director keeps trying to cheekily convince the Aussie star to stay put.

“Pre-COVID, when he would come to the factory and the whole team would be gathered in the race shop, you could tell there’s just love from everyone for him,” Permane said on the Beyond the Grid podcast.

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F1 news 2020: Daniel Ricciardo complains about ‘robbery’ Turkish GP, Lewis Hamilton record, drivers fume


Daniel Ricciardo has become the latest driver to weigh in after a host of F1 stars complained about how last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix played out.

Lance Stroll, Max Verstappen and George Russell were among those left scratching their heads after a late resurfacing of the track saw plenty of drivers struggle with their grip, leading to plenty of spins and slides.

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The problem was evident in qualifying and when the rain tumbled down during the main event, conditions became even worse, leading to a chaotic race as drivers slipped up and down the grid.

Lewis Hamilton sealed a seventh world championship by coming from sixth to win the race, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and pole-sitter Stroll weren’t so unfortunate. A maiden F1 victory fell out of Stroll’s grasp when he lost pace with a change of tyres, and Leclerc dropped off the podium altogether after locking up on the final lap.



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