F1: Sainz Jr. leads Ferrari 1-2 in opening practice for Australian GP

Carlos Sainz Jr. turned a lap of 1m19.806s to lead opening practice of the Australian GP F1 race in Melbourne in his #55 Ferrari.

Sainz was followed by his #16 Ferrari teammate, and current point leader, Charles Leclerc by 0.571s as Ferrari clearly appears to be the dominating car so far this weekend with its revised under tray.

#16 Ferrari of Charles Leclerc

So it is advantage to Ferrari in this first session, as F1 returns to Melbourne.

Sergio Perez was 3rd quick for Red Bull, 0.593s behind the leading Ferrari

Max Verstappen was a distant 4th in the #1 Red Bull, 0.820s behind Sainz Jr.

Lando Norris rounded out the top-5 for McLaren – better news for McLaren than of late.

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest Mercedes in 7th, 1.221s behind and ahead of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

#44 Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton

There were two Red Flags in the session, one to pick up a piece of Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and the 2nd for the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel who may have lost an engine.

Other than Vettel’s mechanical woes, that was a relatively trouble-free session there. Plenty of laps, a couple of spins and an awful lot learned.

Practice 1 Results

1 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m19.806s +0.000s
2 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m20.377s +0.571s
3 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Racing 1m20.399s +0.593s
4 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m20.626s +0.820s
5 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m20.878s +1.072s
6 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m21.004s +1.198s
7 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG 1m21.027s +1.221s
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m21.155s +1.349s
9 Fernando Alonso ESP BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m21.229s +1.423s
10 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m21.247s +1.441s
11 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m21.289s +1.483s
12 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG 1m21.477s +1.651s
13 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m21.661s +1.855s
14 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m21.701s +1.895s
15 Guanyu Zhou CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m21.821s +2.015s
16 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m21.869s +2.063s
17 Alexander Albon THA Williams Racing 1m22.754s +2.948s
18 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1m23.186s +3.380s
19 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m23.924s +4.118s
20 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1m24.349s +4.543s



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