Like MotoGP, the Formula 1 he also started his free practice day. In the circuit of Paul Ricard, and within the framework of the French Grand Prix, the Mercedes they were again among the fastest after the last races. The German team scored 1-2, ahead of Red Bull, that continues to fight with a pair of pilots that is scary.
To the surprise of fans of the category, Lewis hamilton it was not the fastest of the first session. The British driver finished second, behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn scored a lap of 1m33s448 to stay with the best time of the morning. For his part, Hamilton was more than four tenths behind his partner.
It should be noted that the Mercedes team confirmed in the last hours that the car that Bottas uses this weekend is not the same as before. The Finn will use Lewis Hamilton’s chassis in the last tests, so the difference between one driver and another may be at that point. For his part, the Finn must show that he is up to the task of continuing in the team.
The leading team of the championship until this weekend is Red Bull. So much Max verstappen What Sergio perez they were able to get their cars up high in the batch, fighting with the Mercedes. The Dutchman was third, closing the momentary podium almost four tenths behind Bottas. For his part, Pérez finished fourth just over seven tenths behind the leader.
The local team could make the leap in quality. Alpine he had a sensational pace throughout the session and finished well ahead. Esteban Ocon was fifth, very close to Sergio Pérez, while Fernando Alonso He was seventh just over a second behind the leaders, though he couldn’t beat Daniel Ricciardo, which ended up right on top of him.
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