Event: Austrian F1 GP
Track: Red Bull Ring

First Free Practice Results 2022 Austrian F1 Grand Prix

Max Verstappen driving the Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 08, 2022 in Spielberg (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Weather: dry 17.6°C
Tarmac: dry  37.7°C
Humidity: 39%
Wind: 3.0 m/s W
Pressure: 946.4 bar

Alex Albon was the first driver who entered the track in the Red Bull for first practice for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. The first clocked lap time was set by Alpine driver Fernando Alonso who which was a 1:09.438 min.

When Max Verstappen got out the pits in the Red Bull, the track got covered by huge orange clouds coming from his Dutch supporters who were again well represented as usual. Verstappen went quickest after 7 minutes with a 1:07.720. All seventeen cars that clocked a lap time up til now, were fitted with the medium tyres.

Verstappen was flying right away on Red Bull's home track and with 15 minutes gone in this session the top 10 leaderboard order was: 1. VER (1:07.496), 2. ALO (+0.707), 3. LEC (+0.853), 4. OCO (+0.990), 5. MAG (+1.005), 6. PER (+1.148), 7. BOT (+1.265), 8. RUS (1.379), 9. SCH (+1.457), 10. GAS (+1.692).

In the 19th minute a yellow flag was put out in the second sector when McLaren driver Lando Norris stopped on the side of the track just before turn 5. Norris told his team on the radio that his car was on fire. The heat was coming from underneath his seat and he wanted to get out as possible. Two minutes later the yellow flag changed into a red flag to recover the McLaren and get it back to the pits.

The session restarted with 33 minutes to go. Verstappen and both Ferrari drivers Charles Lelcerc and Carlos Sainz came out with on a set of tyres with the soft compound. Verstappen improved the quickest lap time to 1:06.302 min.

With just 22 minutes to go a second red flag was put out and all cars had to return to the pits. This time some debris was causing the the session to stop. The debris was a piece rubber that came loose from the curbstones between turn 5 and 6. With 17 minutes the session restarted again. In the mean time the McLaren team was able to push back the car of Norris towards their pit garage.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first driver that got out again to continue his search for the optimum setup on the McLaren. With 15 minutes the top 10 order was 1. VET (1:06.302), 2. LEC (+0.348), 3. SAI (+0.847), 4. MAG (+0.965), 5. BOT (+1.220), 6. ALO (+1.344), 7. TSU (+1.547), 8. RUS (+1.550), 9. SCH (+1.573) and 10. VET (+1.662). The first three drivers used the soft tyres, while Magnussen set his time on mediums with the Haas.

McLaren had a difficult first practice session, with Norris who only was able to driver 14 laps. His teammate Ricciardo had a problem with his DRS wing, that was flapping around at high speed, which compromised his amount practice laps.

Last season Verstappen also was fastest during FP1. He then did one lap on the Red Bull Ring in 1:05,143 min with the Red Bull RB16B. Qualifying is already later to day, as this event has the second Sprint race of the season.

FP1 Times Table 2022 Austrian GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:06,330 34 S
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:06,557 +0,227s 32 S
3 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:06,702 +0,372s 32 S
4 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:06,839 +0,509s 27 S
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:06,909 +0,579s 31 S
6 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:06,965 +0,635s 32 S
7 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:07,039 +0,709s 29 S
8 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:07,100 +0,770s 32 M
9 47 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:07,246 +0,916s 32 S
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:07,296 +0,966s 33 S
11 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:07,296 +0,966s 26 S
12 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:07,431 +1,101s 27 M
13 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:07,462 +1,132s 29 S
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:07,476 +1,146s 27 S
15 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:07,522 +1,192s 32 S
16 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:07,582 +1,252s 33 S
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:07,743 +1,413s 25 M
18 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:07,889 +1,559s 28 S
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:08,149 +1,819s 28 S
20 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:09,915 +3,585s 14 M

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2 F1 Fan comments on “First Free Practice Results 2022 Austrian F1 Grand Prix

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    A 17 min red flag for a piece of rubber sealing ribbon on the track? How about aggressive double yellows with a corner worker gesturing to direct drivers away from the debris, look for a gap and retrieve the piece of rubber?


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