Mercedes team dominate opening practice at Paul Ricard

Hamilton fastest
Hamilton fastest

In the Friday morning track cleaning session at the Circuit Paul Ricard, it was Lewis Hamilton who had the upper hand in Practice 1 for the French GP, finishing fastest as many of the drivers suffered spins on the dusty track surface.

Hamilton finished the session 0.14s ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in third.

Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari driver in P4, ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel in fifth but not trying hard.

Romain Grosjean was the quickest Frenchman in sixth place, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, Force India’s Sergio Perez and the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen rounding out the top 10.

Meanwhile, a late spin for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson saw the session finish under a red flag. Fortunately, the Swede was unhurt, although there were dramatic scenes as flames licked out of the back of his C37 racer.

In windy conditions, the session also saw spins for Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, among others, as the drivers searched for the limits at the track that hasn’t held a French Grand Prix since 1990.

Practice 1 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.231 +0.000s 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.371 +0.140s 29
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:32.527 +0.296s 25
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.003 +0.772s 23
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.172 +0.941s 19
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:33.318 +1.087s 22
7 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:33.331 +1.100s 15
8 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:33.685 +1.454s 23
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:33.719 +1.488s 26
10 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:34.108 +1.877s 23
11 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:34.258 +2.027s 25
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:34.484 +2.253s 14
13 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:34.513 +2.282s 21
14 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:34.592 +2.361s 21
15 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:34.664 +2.433s 25
16 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:34.862 +2.631s 20
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:34.881 +2.650s 28
18 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.993 +2.762s 24
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:35.021 +2.790s 24
20 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:35.105 +2.874s 25

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