Paul-Ricard, FP1 – The French drivers got off to a perfect start to their weekend of the Formula 1 French Grand-Prix, on the track at Le Castellet. Discover our summary and the full ranking of free practice 1.
Formula 1 is back in France, on the Castellet circuit. A weekend under pressure for Alpine F1 and Pierre Gasly, since the public will be presented, in limited numbers however. Let’s go for free practice 1! And already, Bottas is in his stand, part of the Mercedes is damaged. It is the front wing that is affected. After seven minutes, Sainz is in the lead ahead of Norris and Perez. But the big guys are out and Max takes the lead in front of Lewis… and Pierre! Which improves and returns to P2. This time ahead of Leclerc, also improving.
Bottas clips his own wings going over the kerbs out of Turn 2, and returns to the pits with damage # FrenchGP 🇫🇷 # F1 pic.twitter.com/I7p4UQWgab
Perez P3, Latifi P7. Carlos in charge! Then Verstappen gets ahead of him. Ricciardo sixth. Big exit from Vettel, who hit the protections. The engine is still running. Yellow flag. The German is stuck at a standstill, a priori. but he finally leaves. Valtteri signs a quick lap and he climbs back to second place. And Alonso eighth. Then fifth, thanks to a timed second lap. Meanwhile, Perez moved up to second, Hamilton to fourth. While Ocon enters the top ten. He takes the provisional seventh place.
In the Alpha Tauri stand, the mechanics are working on Gasly’s single-seater, which was damaged after being put on a vibrator. No44 is relaunched in soft gums. It’s the best time, less than 4 tenths ahead of Red Bull. But the Dutchman is also on the track, with the fastest tires. Carlos Sainz pull straight ahead, his tires are dead. On the line, Verstappen finally failed a tenth behind the Mercedes. Valetteri is expected. New chronometer reference at the end of the day, 3 tenths ahead of his teammate.
35 minutes have passed, Bottas is therefore leader in front of Hamilton, Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Alonso, Ricciardo, Giovinazzi, Ocon, Norris, Sainz, Latifi, Tsunoda, Stroll, Gasly, Raikkonen, vettel, Mazepin, Nissany, who replaces Russell on these free 1s of the Formula 1 French GP. From now on, the teams are concentrating on the long stints, in order to prepare for Sunday’s race.
The session therefore ended with an expected dominance of Mercedes, ahead of Red Bull Honda. Place in the ranking.
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