Lap Times 1st Free Practice 2019 French F1 GP
Weather: 24.6°C Sunny & dry
Tarmac: 47.3°C dry
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
|Pos||No||Driver||Team||Lap Time||1st Gap||Laps||Tyres|
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:33.618||+0.880s||20||Soft|
|6||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1:34.091||+1.353s||20||Soft|
|8||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1:34.261||+1.523s||26||Soft|
|10||23||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso||1:34.804||+2.066s||25||Soft|
|11||11||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point||1:34.809||+2.071s||21||Medium|
|13||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1:35.063||+2.325s||22||Medium|
|14||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:35.326||+2.588s||24||Soft|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||1:35.522||+2.784s||22||Soft|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1:36.102||+3.364s||22||Soft|
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