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F1: results of the first day of free practice of the Dutch F1 Grand Prix

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands – On Max Verstappen’s land, Ferrari delights: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz set the best times on Friday in the final free practice of the day in F1 in the Netherlands, keeping the Reds Bulls at bay.

If the Monegasque and his team-mate Sainz were held just 4 / 1000th in free practice 2, the Scuderia’s drivers mainly kept the Red Bulls at a distance, starting with that of the Dutch Max Verstappen, solid leader of the championship. , but only 8th faster in the last free practice session.

“The balance (of the machine) was not good,” lamented “Mad Max”. “Today wasn’t great, but tonight we’ll take a look at everything, we can definitely do better,” he once promised.

Faced with an orange tide all conquered by the cause of his national hero Max Verstappen, the Dutchman is ahead of his Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez, 12th in Friday night’s free practice.

During today’s first free practice, the reigning world champion was forced, in front of the home crowd, to remain in the pits for most of the allotted time (one hour) due to a gearbox problem.

But more fear than damage for the venue, which managed to get back on track as early as the second session.

Prior to this 15th round of a 22 Grand Prix season, 93 points separate Verstappen and Pérez, his championship rival – more than three jokers in advance, knowing that a race is worth a maximum of 26 points (including one point for the best lap on the track).

The well-placed Mercedes

On the coastal circuit of Zandvoort, the Ferraris respond to the two Mercedes of the British George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, authors of the best times of the early afternoon.

“We are not far behind” compared to the competition, Hamilton reacted after a complicated last weekend for the silver arrows in Belgium.

At the end of the day, the seven-time world champion in the category snatched 3rd time, Russell 5th.

Off the track was another issue that rocked the paddock in the afternoon, with the official arrival of Oscar Piastri at McLaren in 2023 for his first season in F1.

The 21-year-old Australian had been at the center of a legal hoax between Formula 1 teams McLaren and Alpine since early August.

If the two teams claimed to have a contract with Piastri for next season, the contract recognition office (CRB) of F1, an ad hoc arbitration body, ruled in favor of the British to the detriment of the Frenchwoman, in a statement. FIA released Friday.

Considered a great hope for Formula 1, Piastri will team up with British Lando Norris, replacing compatriot Daniel Ricciardo who, for the moment, has no place for next season.

Second free practice session :

Charles Leclerc (LUN / Ferrari) 1: 12.345 (27 laps)

Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP / Ferrari) 1: 12.349 (30)

Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 12.417 (21)

Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 12.448 (24)

George Russell (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 12.655 (27)

Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 12.746 (28)

Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine-Renault) 1: 12.848 (25)

Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull) 1: 13.042 (22)

Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine-Renault) 1: 13.305 (27)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 13.362 (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 13.419 (19)

Sergio Perez (MEX / Red Bull) 1: 13.493 (23)

Mick Schumacher (GER / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 13.604 (27)

Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 13.611 (27)

Zhou Guanyu (CHN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 13.624 (25)

Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 13.666 (16)

Alexander Albon (THA / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 13.837 (26)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 14.167 (27)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 14.282 (25)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 14.797 (24)

First free practice session :

George Russell (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 12.455 (29 laps)

Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 12.695 (28)

Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP / Ferrari) 1: 12.845 (30)

Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 12.929 (32)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren-Mercedes) 1: 13.077 (31)

Charles Leclerc (Mon / Ferrari) 1: 13.127 (30)

Sergio Perez (MEX / Red Bull) 1: 13.416 (30)

Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine-Renault) 1: 13.633 (31)

Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine-Renault) 1: 13.963 (33)

Alexander Albon (THA / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 14.063 (29)

Mick Schumacher (GER / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 14.163 (29)

Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 14.257 (30)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 14.405 (31)

Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 14.474 (28)

Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1: 14.500 (28)

Zhou Guanyu (CHN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 14.534 (18)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN / AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1: 14.630 (31)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Alfa Romeo) 1: 14.695 (22)

Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull) 1: 14.714 (7)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 15.122 (33)

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