The pit building French GP F1/2019

The pit building French GP F1/2019

Event: French Grand Prix
Track: Circuit Paul Ricard

Weather: 24.6°C Sunny & dry
Tarmac: 47.3°C dry
Humidity: 55.8%
Wind: 1.8 m//s SE
Pressure: 966.2 bar

Both Mercedes and Red Bull drivers topped the timesheet almost the whole session in the first practice session for the 2019 French Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Ferrari brought new upgrades to the French Paul Ricard circuit. The Italian team tested a new front wing with a different wing-end plate design. They still want to try and close the gap to the ever dominating Mercedes team, who won all 7 races of the 2019 season until now.

Pierre Gasly will drive his home race this Sunday and this not seems to help him in keeping up with his very quick team mate Max Verstappen. The French driver still had to look up to a gap of over 0.5 sec.

McLaren seemed to be a bit quicker than normal and was the 4th fastest team with Lando Norris on P7 and Carlos Sainz on P8.

At the end of the session we saw Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen pushing hard to get a good lap time and spun their car around.

The Haas VF-19 of Romain Grosjean only run for 9 laps, when the French drivers car had to come in to the garage to fix a water leak.

Until 15 minutes before the end of the session both Ferrari drivers were 2.5 sec. slower than the top times, when Charles Leclerc closed the gap to 0.373 sec. Both Mercedes drivers also improved their times at that time and created a gap of to Verstappen of 0.880 sec., who was also on the red Soft tyres.

The quickest lap time of last years FP1 a 1:32.231 min. was set by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes W09.

FP1 Lap Times 2019 French GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:32.73821Soft
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:32.807+0.069s20Soft
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:33.111+0.373s21Soft
433Max VerstappenRed Bull1:33.618+0.880s20Soft
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1:33.790+1.052s22Soft
610Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:34.091+1.353s20Soft
74Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34.110+1.372s23Soft
855Carlos SainzMcLaren1:34.261+1.523s26Soft
93Daniel RicciardoRenault1:34.540+1.802s18Soft
1023Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:34.804+2.066s25Soft
1111Sergio PérezRacing Point1:34.809+2.071s21Medium
1227Nico HülkenbergRenault1:34.810+2.072s25Soft
1318Lance StrollRacing Point1:35.063+2.325s22Medium
1426Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:35.326+2.588s24Soft
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas1:35.410+2.672s19Soft
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:35.522+2.784s22Soft
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:36.102+3.364s22Soft
1840Nicolas LatifiWilliams1:37.147+4.409s25Soft
1988Robert KubicaWilliams1:37.172+4.434s27Soft
208Romain GrosjeanHaas1:37.620+4.882s9Soft

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6 F1 Fan comments on “Lap Times 1st Free Practice 2019 French F1 GP

  1. David Gladwin

    Since the stewards are cross with Vettel and Ferrari if Vettel got ahead of Hamilton will he be blue flagged? Presumably these times are those of the finish or near enough?

  2. Roger Carroll

    Thanks once again to F1 Fansite, good reporting , concise and has all the key data and interesting comments. Interesting to see that only one team went out on Medium tyres.


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