Charles Leclerc

Formula 1 News: Leclerc puts Ferrari on top in Practice 1 at Imola

Much to the delight of the Tifosi, Charles Leclerc turned the fastest lap in opening practice at Imola in the heavily upgraded Ferrari.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Leclerc’s lap of 1m16.990s was the only driver to dip into the 1m16s bracket.

George Russell was 2nd quick for Mercedes, 0.104s behind Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz Jr. gave the Tifosi more to cheer about in third, 0.130s behind his Ferrari teammate.

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sergio Perez was 4th for Red Bull, 0.243s behind Leclerc, and Max Verstappen, who had two big moments and went off track, rounded out the top-5 in the #1 Red Bull.  Verstappen is not happy with the handling of the upgraded Red Bull.

Twice he has a  purple first sector  and then a mistake. The last time time he went through the gravel at Acque Minerali, the car just bottoming out and refused to turn.

Lewis Hamilton was another former World Champion who had two off-track moments,

The session draws to a close, and that was a messy hour for many. Plenty of offs, one spin, one mechanical and a few headaches.

Alex Albon brought out the Red Flag, stopping on the grass with a technical issue.

Emilia Romagna GP Practice 1 Results

Pos Driver Nat. Team Time Behind Laps
1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m16.990s  +0.000s 29
2 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m17.094s +0.104s 27
3 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m17.120s +0.130s 24
4 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m17.233s +0.243s 22
5 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m17.240s +0.250s 21
6 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m17.388s +0.398s 28
7 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m17.408s +0.418s 26
8 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m17.602s +0.612s 16
9 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m17.807s +0.817s 24
10 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m17.876s +0.877s 18
11 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m17.905s +0.915s 20
12 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m18.072s +1.082s 21
13 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m18.142s +1.152s 25
14 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m18.612s +1.622s 28
15 Oliver Bearman GBR MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m18.667s +1.677s 30
16 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m18.827s +1.837s 22
17 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m19.129s +2.139s 17
18 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m19.901s +2.911s 21
19 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m20.050s +3.060s 8
20 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m21.059s +4.069s 19
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