F1 Sakhir Grand Prix practice LIVE: Follow all the latest from Bahrain

THE SAKHIR GRAND PRIX is taking place TODAY – but there's no Lewis Hamilton.

The reigning champion has tested positive for coronavirus and been replaced by fellow Brit George Russell for Mercedes.

Meanwhile Romain Grosjean will miss the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his horror crash last weekend.

  • Race time: Sunday, 5.15pm

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 84

    Three laps to go and Perez is looking comfortable.

    He would move up to fourth in the Drivers' Championship with a win.

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 82

    Russel four seconds off a first ever World Championship point but it could have been so much more.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 81

    Russell with a fastest lap from 14th, 55.4 seconds.

    He;s up to 13th now though as he makes a late charge.

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 80

    Lance Stroll has moved up into the podium places.

    Perez leads by eight seconds.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 79

    A podium position is surely out of the question now for Russell, so unfortunate.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 78

    Albon overtakes Bottas now, as does Kvyat.

    Russell goes for a pit after a puncture.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 77

    Russell around 2.2 seconds behind Perez.

    Bottas' tyres have cost him again as Sainz overtakes into fifth, Ricciardo follows and Bottas is down to seventh.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 76

    A 56.3 fastest lap from Russell as he closes the distance on Perez once again.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 75

    Russell has closed the gap on Perez to under three seconds.

    Albon past Kvyat and Gasly and into eighth.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 74

    13 laps to go but Russell has set a fastest lap as he tries to close down Perez.

    Sainz is not happy with Bottas in fifth – the issue is Bottas' tyres are so old.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 73

    Russell squeezes past Stroll and is back into the top three.

    He goes for Ocon on lap 73 and is up to second – this is a hell of a debut.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 71

    Magnusson moves up to 14th at the bottom of the pack.

    Perez extends his lead over Ocon to 2.5 seconds.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 70

    Perez has nine previous podiums but no wins and leads Ocon by 1.5 seconds.

    Russell overtakes Bottas brilliantly to move up to fourth.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 68

    We are out of the safety car, but Lance Stroll goes right into the back of Ocon as he tries to warm up his tyres.

    Sergio Perez leads the way. Albon avoids Gasly and takes ninth after the restart.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 67

    Renault's Ocon has never finished in a podium spot but is up in second at the moment.

    Russell is sorted now after having a mixed set put on but is back in fifth.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MERCEDES MAYHEM

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 65

    Sergio Perez, who span out in turn one is now leading the race ahead of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll who complete the top three.

    Bottas fourth and Russell fifth now, with the safety car still out.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 65

    Safety car is out which means Russell and Bottas have lost some serious time.

    Bottas had the same tyres put back on his car in his slow pit stop.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 64

    George Russell could face a penalty after a tyre mix up as Bottas' tyres were put on his car.

    Mercedes' double-stacked in the pit and this could flip the race on its head.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 63

    Slow pit from Bottas and this is a disaster.

    The brakes were on fire as he left the pit, he's gone from second to fifth.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 61

    Bottas with a fastest lap of 56.5 as he gains on George Russell.

    Front wing loss from Jack Aitken, virtual safety car will be out to remove the debris.

  • Daniel Brookes

    RUSSELL STAT

    F1 journalist Ben Hunt reacts to a brilliant George Russell stat from this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 58

    Sergio Perez breezes past Ocon to take third – what a recovery from his spin in lap one.

    Still 25 seconds back from Bottas in second, Russell still out in front.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 57

    The Racing Points swap places in fourth as Perez overtakes Stroll.

    Albon up to sixth.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LAP 56

    Norris and Vettel use the safety car to pit.

    We're up and running again.

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