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What happened in first French Grand Prix F1 practice

Jul 22 2022
By Josh Suttill

Charles Leclerc edged his Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen by 0.091s to top the opening practice session at the French Grand Prix.

Key moments

  • Leclerc 0.091s faster than Verstappen
  • Sainz third but has grid penalty
  • Scrappy session leaves Perez sixth
  • De Vries and Kubica have second FP1 outings of the year

As customary in 2022, the Ferraris and Red Bulls traded places at the top of the order with Austrian GP winner Leclerc going quickest with just under 15 minutes of the one hour session remaining.

His 1m33.930s was 0.091s faster than Verstappen’s best effort and 0.338s quicker than his Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, who will take a minimum of a 10-place grid penalty for engine component changes this weekend.

George Russell was fourth quickest for Mercedes but was 0.951s adrift of Leclerc’s benchmark at a circuit he hoped he’d be within two to three tenths of the leaders on.

Pierre Gasly was fifth in the upgraded AlphaTauri while Sergio Perez struggled to get a proper flying lap in and was sixth.

The Red Bull driver had the biggest moment of any driver in the session as he spun at Turn 4 and had to abandon his final flying lap on low fuel.

Lando Norris was seventh for McLaren, which only ran its new comprehensive upgrade package on his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the session so it could benchmark its new package.

Ricciardo was 10th fastest and over four tenths slower than Norris.

They were split by the Williams of Alex Albon and reigning Formula E champion Nyck de Vries who replaced Lewis Hamilton for his second FP1 outing of the season and first Mercedes F1 appearance in a GP weekend session.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship French Grand Prix Practice Day Paul Ricard, France

Zhou Guanyu was the highest-placed Alfa Romeo driver in 11th place ahead of Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Alpine’s home hero Esteban Ocon.

Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica was the other stand-in driver as he made his second FP1 appearance of the year.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m33.93s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m34.021s +0.091s
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m34.268s +0.338s
4 George Russell Mercedes 1m34.881s +0.951s
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m34.979s +1.049s
6 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m35.174s +1.244s
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.232s +1.302s
8 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m35.414s +1.484s
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.426s +1.496s
10 Nyck de Vries Williams-Mercedes 1m35.426s +1.496s
11 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m35.676s +1.746s
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m35.81s +1.88s
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m35.828s +1.898s
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m35.851s +1.921s
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m35.875s +1.945s
16 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m36.022s +2.092s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m36.104s +2.174s
18 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m36.127s +2.197s
19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m36.332s +2.402s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m37.043s +3.113s

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