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In the round-up: Red Bull’s 2021 signing Sergio Perez trails his pace-setting team mate Max Verstappen after Friday practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

What they say

Perez was 10th-fastest after the first two practice sessions of the 2021 F1 season, while team mate Verstappen topped both. He explained what’s holding him back so far.

We are certainly making big steps all the time, and I think in summary we’ve got some work to do over a lap. I don’t quite feel the car within me. I’m still having to think a lot what’s going on out there. It doesn’t seem to be coming natural over a lap.

The long run, I seem to be more comfortable. I think the pace is there over the long run. So that’s the positive bit. But yeah, we’ve got some work to do on the performance side and also with that soft tyre, we’re going to be improving a bit more.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Zhou takes pole, Pourchaire starts first F2 race from the front

Zhou kept pole following an investigation

Guanyu Zhou claimed the first pole of the Formula 2 season at Bahrain, edging fellow Alpine Academy member Christian Lundgaard to first place in qualifying by just 0.003 seconds. Virtuosi driver Zhou then failed to return to the support race pit lane, instead going past the chequered flag twice and putting his pole position under threat. Eventually stewards opted to hand him a reprimand.

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Hitech GP’s Juri Vips was not so lucky, as the Red Bull junior – who had qualified fifth – was found to be running illegal undertray fins and as a result was disqualified from the session. That puts him at the back of the grid for the first and third races of this weekend’s triple-header.

As a result of Vips’s removal from the times sheet, all drivers below him move up one spot and it means ART’s Theo Pourchaire will start 10th for Sunday’s feature race. It also means he will be on pole for Saturday’s first sprint race, which uses the results from qualifying to set the grid but reverses the top 10.

Porsche commits to Formula E’s third generation era

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Porsche has extended its commitment to Formula E

Porsche has become the latest manufacturer to sign up to Formula E’s ‘Gen3’ regulations, which will be used from the 2022-23 season onwards.

The next FE cars will have 350kW available in qualifying mode (up from 250kW now), and will race at 300kW. Regenerative braking on all four wheels is earmarked as being able to recuperate 600kW of energy.

In their first season in the series, Porsche made the podium in their first race and it took just four attempts to claim a pole position. After two races of the current season, it is ninth in the teams standings with Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein.

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