The Mercedes were the fastest on Friday at the Zandvoort circuit in the first free practice session of the Dutch Grand Prix. Briton George Russell set the fastest time (1’12”455) ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton (+0”240), the seven-time world champion.
In front of his audience and stands colored orange, Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the reigning world champion and current leader of the Championship, only spent 10 minutes on the track. While he was credited with the best time (1’14”714), the Dutch driver suffered a gearbox problem on his single-seater and had to return to the pits. He was finally ranked 19th (+2”259).
Schumacher ignores a red light
Verstappen’s concerns led to a red flag and a 10-minute practice halt. Mick Schumacher (Haas) stood out, ignoring a red light and leaving the pit lane during this forced stop. Which could earn him a penalty.
Carlos Sainz, driving his Ferrari, finished third in the session (+0”390). Charles Leclerc settled for sixth place (+0”672). The McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo came between the two men.
On the French side, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) finished ninth (+1”508) and Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 14th (+2”019). The second free practice session will start at 4 p.m. on Friday.