Spanish Grand Prix: Free practice on Friday

First part of free practice

Sunny. Dry. Air +29С, track +45…47С

All teams except Haas F1 have prepared major updates for the Spanish Grand Prix – and in the first session focused on evaluating their effectiveness. cars drove out with aerodynamic paint and pressure gauges.

At Formula 3, Formula 2 and W Series training, the asphalt was covered with used rubber, the grip was good, the weather was favorable. The stands were already full on Friday – in Spain they missed Formula 1.

For the first time this season, temporary substitutions took place in three teams at once. Formula E champion Nick de Vries took the wheel of Alex Albon’s car at Williams, Youri Vips replaced Sergio Perez at Red Bull Racing, and Robert Kubica replaced Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo. In the second session, the main pilots will return to the wheel.

Vettel, Bottas and Magnussen returned to the pits after the first laps and handed over the car to the mechanics, but then left again. Esteban Ocon complained of steering problems, breaking a series of laps and wasting ten minutes. DRS was not working correctly on Hamilton’s car.

Charles Leclerc took the lead with a lap time of 1:19.828. To the delight of the fans, both Spanish riders finished the session in the top five.

Results of the first session

Pilot Team Time Difference Circles
1. Sh.Lekler Ferrari 1:19.828 26
2. K. Sainz Ferrari 1:19.907 0.079 26
3. M. Verstappen Red Bull 1:20.164 0.336 27
4. D. Russell Mercedes 1:20.590 0.762 27
5. F. Alonso Alpine 1:20.768 0.940 23
6. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.811 0.983 27
7. L. Norris McLaren 1:21.279 1.451 23
8. P.Gasley AlphaTauri 1:21.422 1.594 23
9. D. Riccardo McLaren 1:21.737 1.909 22
10. Yu. Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:21.814 1.986 27
11. E. Okon Alpine 1:21.891 2.063 25
12. L.Stroll Aston Martin 1:21.920 2.092 23
13. R. Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:21.975 2.147 20
14. K. Magnussen Haas 1:22.089 2.261 15
15. M. Schumacher Haas 1:22.146 2.318 20
16. S.Vettel Aston Martin 1:22.164 2.336 19
17. V. Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22.614 2.786 24
18. N.de Vriz Williams 1:22.920 3.092 28
19. N. Latifi Williams 1:23.011 3.183 26
20. Yu.Vips Red Bull 1:24.138 4.310 22

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