Pierre Gasly in explosive radio rant as Lewis Hamilton shares concerns

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Pierre Gasly called out Alpine engineers in an explosive team radio meltdown as Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez also struggled in first practice. Gasly hit out at his team after running wide at turn 22 in a difficult FP2 for the Frenchman.

It comes as Alpine continue to struggle with their new package despite finishing P4 in the Constructors’ Championship last season. In a tense remark, Gasly moaned: “These brakes are completely rubbish.”

However, Gasly was not the only one struggling for grip in Jeddah with Perez and Hamilton among the most vocal. The Mercedes star admitted he was lacking confidence behind the wheel as he could only manage P6.

He finished the session with a time 1.1 seconds behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and slightly slower than George Russell. He said: “Struggling for grip. How much time are people finding?”

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Race engineer Peter Bonnington quickly responded that some cars were finding around “half a second” per lap. Perez also revealed he did not have any grip after losing control of his car through the tricky sector one.

He told the team: “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t have any front end.” The Aston Martin of Lance Stroll also went wide at the newly re-profiled turn 22 in the dying minutes of the session.

Alongside the lack of grip, several drivers also moaned about being caught in traffic on the tight street circuit. Charles Leclerc told his race engineer that warnings he was approaching the back of George Russell came “too late”.

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His team-mate Carlos Sainz was also caught out and came unstuck during a hot lap. He commented: “He didn’t get out of the way – that was dangerous!”

Stroll was the most fortunate with the Canadian narrowly avoiding slow-moving cars through the blind turns eight and nine. Max Verstappen topped the session with a lap almost half a second faster than Perez.

Aston Martin’s Bahrain Grand Prix pace appears to have carried over with Fernando Alonso third-fastest from Stroll in P4. Carlos Sainz could only manage P7 while Charles Leclerc was just 11th fastest in what is turning into a nightmare weekend for the Scuderia.

Leclerc already faces a 10-place grid penalty for the race on Sunday after taking on a third control electronics component after returning in Bahrain.

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