Turner of Pérez
Sergio Pérez briefly causes yellow flags. The Mexican had spun away at Turn 4. He catches the car again and drives on. But the tires are gone.
Vettel on the hardest mix
Sebastian Vettel is currently driving on the hardest tire compound. Alex Albon is now also on Hard with the Williams.
Pit radio Charles Leclerc
Leclerc complains over the radio that the gas is “inconsistent”. He goes through the pits once, but stays outside for the time being.
Gasly drives again
Pierre Gasly is back on the track after a little work on the car. 16 drivers have meanwhile driven a time. In addition to Gasly, the two Alfa Romeo drivers and Esteban Ocon are still without a lap time.
Max Verstappen’s new best lap
Max Verstappen has now been able to lower his best performance. There was the 1:34.991. Second is teammate Sergio Pérez.
Pit radio Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly is currently in the pits and work is being done on the car. He had previously reported a problem with the engine over the radio. The team had confirmed their suspicion.
Vettel is currently sixth
After the first flying laps in the first practice, Sebastian Vettel is in seventh place. Mike Schumacher is 14.
Pit radio Lando Norris
“The feel of the gas pedal is wrong,” reports Lando Norris over the radio. But he stays out for the time being and improves to second place.
Max Verstappen’s new best lap
Max Verstappen sets a new best lap time. He needed 1:35.727 minutes for his first flying lap. Like Leclerc, he was on the softest compound. Third is Lando Norris who is on Medium.
New best lap by Charles Leclerc
Times are pushed down quickly. The new leader is Charles Leclerc. He was able to put down a 1:37.420. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton watches the session relaxed from the pits. Nyck de Vries drives his car.
Sainz’s first lap time
Carlos Sainz sets the first lap time. There is a 1:39.577 from the Spaniard on the soft tire.
It fills up
More and more drivers go to their boxes and drive onto the track. Max Verstappen is just getting started.
Start 1st workout
The traffic lights are green, the 1st practice session in Le Castellet has started. The first cars are already on the track. Including the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. He’s testing a new underbody for the team.
France is currently battling a heat wave. In Le Castellet, the temperature before the first training session is 30 degrees. The track has warmed up to 55 degrees.
De Vries takes over Hamilton cockpit
Lewis Hamilton, who will complete his 300th Grand Prix in France, looks on during the 1st practice session. Formula E World Champion Nyck de Vries takes over his cockpit. In 2022 it is already the second training session for him after he steered Latifi’s Williams in the first training session in Spain. This year’s regulations oblige the teams to use one junior driver in training on each of two race weekends. Robert Kubica will also be in the car. But of course not as part of the program for young drivers. Kubica drives Valtteri Bottas’ car.
Points for Schumacher again?
The season got off to a difficult start for Mick Schumacher, but in the meantime the knot at Haas seems to have finally burst and recently the German even scored points twice in a row. In France, too, Schumacher should be squinting towards the top ten again after these results. It was completely different for Sebastian Vettel. With him, the number of points was low recently. There are only two points from the last three weekends.
Verstappen versus Ferrari
The duel in France will probably be called Red Bull versus Ferrari again. Most recently, Max Verstappen had to give way to the Italians twice. His lead in the World Cup standings over Charles Leclerc is now 38 points. Sergio Pérez is third in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Carlos Sainz’s second Ferrari.
The French Grand Prix takes place at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Le Castellet. The circuit was completed in 1970 and Formula 1 raced on the circuit from 1971 to 1990. Then there was a long break before Formula 1 returned to the track. In the meantime, it has found a new owner and major revisions. The route is 5.8 kilometers long. Three straights and 15 corners await the drivers.
Hello and welcome to the Formula 1 weekend in France. In the next few days, the premier class will be stopping at the Circuit Paul Ricard near the southern French town of Le Castellet. At 2:00 p.m. the 1st training session is scheduled.