Event: Spanish F1 Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

First Free Practice Results 2022 Spanish F1 GP

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, leaves the garage during FP1 in Spain

Weather: dry  29.0°C
Tarmac: wet  45.9°C
Humidity: 42%
Wind: 1.0 m/s SW
Pressure: 1009.9 bar

The first practice session for the 2022 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix started off quite busy. 7 cars went out right away when the pit light turned green. Two of those drivers made their F1 debut today. Red Bull put Juri Vips into Sergio Perez' car.

The other new name was Nick de Vries who got his first taste of F1 in the Williams FW44 of Alex Albon. Robert Kubica was the third driver that took over a car from the 'normal' race driver as he drove the Alfa Romeo of Guanyu Zhou.

De Vries might have a chance to show his talent against the other Williams driver NIcholas Latifi. De Vries won the Formula E championship last year while Latifi crashed a lot of times in the last 7 races.

After five minutes Max Verstappen clocked the quickest lap time and set it to 1:23.163 min. His championship rival Charles Leclerc was second fastest on only 0.1s. Both were using the hard compound Pirelli tyres.

After ten minutes Vettel was standing next to his Aston Martin AMR22, waiting for the mechanics to get his car ready again for the rest of this first practice. When Verstappen improved his lap time to 1:22.394 min.

Traditionally the Spanish GP is the race with were the teams bring a lot of car upgrades. A lot of teams used aero racks to compare their windtunnel measurement in the real world ans 1 to 1 scale. The wind tunnel scale used by F1 teams is 60%.

First Free Practice Results 2022 Spanish F1 GP

Max Verstappen driving the Red Bull Racing RB18 in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

20 minutes into FP1 McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo showed some good pace by being fourth fastest in medium tyres. The Australian driver was a considerable 0.9 sec. slower than Verstappen who now had improved to 1:22.143 min still on the hard tyres. George Russell was third and 0.2s faster than Ricciardo in the updated Mercedes. The upgrades brought by Mercedes towards Spain did seem to work quite good, as the W13 didn't show any porpoising effect anymore.

Aston Martin also had brought a huge sidepod update that remarkably looked a lot like the Red Bull design. Lance Stroll said the team had designed the car during the winter...

De Vries showed he can be very quick in the Williams on soft tyres and even ended up 4th with a 1.22.936 min. The Dutchman even had some traffic in the last sector.

Halfway the session home driver Carlos Sainz also switched to the much quicker soft tyres. The Ferrari driver even went two seconds faster than Verstappen and recorded a lap time of 1:19.907 min.

With 22 minutes to go already 10 drivers had fitted a set of soft tyres underneath their car. Both Ferrari drivers were quickest with Leclerc only +0.079s  in front of Sainz. Verstappen was third (+0.336s), Russell fourth (+0.762s) and Hamilton fifth on +0.983 sec. Both McLarens where 6th and 7th with Norris quickest.

The new driver called Vips who was the other driver that made his F1 debut today was probably instructed to run a data gathering program. The Estonian driver was lapping the Catalunya track almost 10 sec slower than Leclerc. The Red Bull driver only had used hard tyres until 15 minutes before the end. Later on he did drove some laps on soft tyres and was 5 sec. a lap faster.

Last years quickest lap time of FP1 was a 1:18.504 min, driven by Valtteri Bottas with the Mercedes W12.

FP1 Times Table 2022 Spanish F1 GP

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
116Charles LeclercFerrari1:19,82827S
255Carlos SainzFerrari1:19,907+0,079s27S
31Max VerstappenRed Bull1:20,164+0,336s28S
463George RussellMercedes1:20,590+0,762s28S
514Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:20,768+0,940s24S
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:20,811+0,983s27S
74Lando NorrisMcLaren1:21,279+1,451s24S
810Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:21,422+1,594s23S
93Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:21,737+1,909s23S
1022Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:21,814+1,986s28S
1131Esteban OconAlpine1:21,891+2,063s26S
1218Lance StrollAston Martin1:21,920+2,092s23S
1388Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo1:21,975+2,147s20S
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas1:22,089+2,261s16S
1547Mick SchumacherHaas1:22,146+2,318s21S
165Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:22,164+2,336s20S
1777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:22,614+2,786s25S
1845Nick de VriesWilliams1:22,920+3,092s28S
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:23,011+3,183s27S
2036Juri VipsRed Bull1:24,138+4,310s23S

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8 F1 Fan comments on “First Free Practice Results 2022 Spanish F1 GP

  1. Jax

    So Alonso is in trouble with the Stewards for criticising them over his penalties in Miami, and for added icing on the cake, also for impeding Sir Lewis during FP1 at his home GP! Way to go Lonso. Lol smh

  2. Nobodysperfect

    I'm not sure what to think of Aston Martin's copy of the Red Bull sidepods. Looks like they tried to copy the best bits of the Red Bull and Ferrari sidepod design. So do we no have a Green Red Bull?

    • Leopold Post author

      Hmmm. well technically Sauber is running the show at Alfa Romeo... But I won't be a pain in the * and have fixed the error. Have a great race weekend guys! Would be great if Merc gets back into the title fight and give those Mercedes drivers some more performance to battle out their position. I also have some good hopes for McLaren and I'm amazed about Aston Martin who used their Xerox wind tunnel again to copy the RB18...

  3. shroppyfly

    Never a pain Leopold , unlike some i will not mention

    I'm amazed about Aston Martin who used their Xerox wind tunnel again to copy the RB18... LMAO and 100% correct, while your on here , is there any chance we can set up a poll for fav driver , wdc 22 etc on here .

    • Leopold Post author

      If you guys like polls we can try to get those back. I will try to get those up again. We had that a few years ago, but had a hard time with the software that broke down the website a lot in those days. I will look for better software and try to get some decent polls software.


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