Mercedes’ George Russell has led team-mate Lewis Hamilton in first practice at Zandvoort, while Max Verstappen’s weekend kicked off in disastrous fashion.
Russell set a 1:12.455 on the soft tyre compound in the final 15 minutes, a time quarter of a second quicker than what Lewis Hamilton could manage in the sister Mercedes W13.
The Mercedes drivers pipped the best time that Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz could manage, after the Spaniard had headed the times for most of the session.
The McLarens were able to vie with the Ferraris during the session, as Lando Norris finished fourth and just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, with Charles Leclerc resigned to sixth after a quiet hour on track.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen brought out the red flags after just 10 minutes as he ground to a halt in the first sector with a suspected gearbox issue. He was forced to sit out the rest of the session as a result, although won’t take a grid penalty for the failure.
The full FP1 timesheet is below and the full PlanetF1 report on first practice is here.
George Russell Mercedes 1:12.44
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.240
Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.390
Lando Norris McLaren +0.474
Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.622
Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.672
Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.961
Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.178
Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.508
Alex Albon Williams +1.608
Mick Schumacher Haas +1.708
Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.802
Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.950
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +2.019
Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +2.045
Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +2.079
Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.175
Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +2.240
Max Verstappen Red Bull +2.259
Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.667
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