Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) sets the fastest time in Free Practice 1 of the Mexican GP

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Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) sets the fastest time in Free Practice 1 of the Mexican GP

Work fast and well. This first session had to be intense, since the second scheduled for the end of the afternoon in Mexico City (starting at 11 p.m. in France) being dedicated to testing the 2023 tires from Pirelli. Only the five drivers who have lent their wheel to young future colleagues will be exempted from these tedious tire test laps during the first 45 minutes of a second test session scheduled for 1h30.

A first free practice session enhanced by a significant “turnover” with five incumbent drivers leaving their wheel to young drivers. Namely Nyck de Vries (Mercedes), Jack Doohan (Alpine), Liam Lawson (Alpha Tauri), Pietro Fittipaldi (Haas) and Logan Sargeant (Williams) respectively recovering the seats of George Russell, Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher, and Alexander Albon.

Alonso 6th, Gasly 9th

The round of towers went with a series of small annoyances. With, to begin with, brake problems for the Alpha Tauri of Lawson, the New Zealand freelancer, and for the future ex-F1 driver, Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren). We will also note a mid-session spin, without consequence, from Max Verstappen. Guanyu Zhou was about to break down at the exit of the pits.

The time to bring the Alfa Romeo back to the pushchair towards its box, Fittipaldi lost all power with Mick Schumacher’s Haas and went to stop at the edge of the track, engine off. Unavoidable red flag. Six minutes later, the single-seaters set off again, except for Doohan, with Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, remaining on trestles, surrounded by busy mechanics (transmission problem?). It was written that the young pilots were going to chain the galleys: Lawson, suddenly, saw his Alpha Tauri borrowed shrivel then come to a standstill before his brakes began to smoke then ignite at the front left . New red flag. And end of session prematurely.

On the chrono side, with the final flying laps canceled we will remember for the anecdote the double of the Ferrari in front of the Red Bull. Best time for Carlos Sainz in 1’20”707 ahead of Charles Leclerc 0”046 and the duo Sergio Perez-Max Verstappen, credited with the same time at 0”120. Sixth time for Fernando Alonso and his Alpine at 0”192. Pierre Gasly finished 9th, 0.609 behind his Monegasque friend.

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