Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen carried on the trend of 2020 in leading the field in first practice at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
On F1’s first visit to the undulating Autodromo do Algarve, Bottas was 0.339 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
Verstappen was 0.781secs off the pace, and narrowly ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in fourth.
Both Verstappen and Leclerc had spins early in the session as they learned the demanding new track at Portimao.
Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was fifth fastest, ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Lando Norris.
There were spins as well for Raikkonen, Haas driver Romain Grosjean, Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.
There was a dash of light rain during the session, but nothing to disturb the drivers on a track many approached with high anticipation.
Portimao, which is hosting Portugal’s first F1 race since Estoril in 1996, has been likened to a rollercoaster for its dramatic changes of elevation, which are particularly notable in the the second half of the lap.
F1 Portugal 2020 Live : Formula 1 Portugal Live Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar
Here’s the list of F1 races you can stream on Disney+ Hotstar VIP this week. Check out the timelines of LIVE streaming of F1 Portugal 2020
|Friday, 23th Oct 2020||First Practice Session – Portugal||b|
|Second Practice Session – Portugal||7.30 PM|
|Saturday, 24th Oct 2020||Third Practice Session – Portugal||3.30 PM|
|Qualifying Race – Portugal||6.30 PM|
|Sunday, 25th Oct 2020||Main Race – Portugal||6.40 PM|
Where can I watch the Portugal 2020 LIVE on TV?
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports, One (Network Ten)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Italia, TV8
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1