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Austin FP1: Bottas first as Mercedes fires early warning shot

Formula 1 was back to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, for the 2021 United States Grand Prix after a one-year hiatus. FP1 saw Valtteri Bottas top the timing screens with Mercedes firing an early warning shot. FP1 in Austin for the 2021 US Grand Prix confirmed Red Bull's fears about Mercedes' pace, as Bottas set the fastest time of 1:34.874, leading teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.045s in second place. Bottas is set to receive a five-place grid penalty on Sunday's race for taking a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). The Finn has now consumed six ICE's. Championship leader Max Verstappen was third, a worrying 0.932s off the benchmark time. Not an encouraging start for the Dutchman's...
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