EL1: Big blow for Verstappen, Russell and Hamilton in heaven
A week after Max Verstappen’s recital at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 is packing its bags in the Netherlands, on the Zandvoort circuit. Expected at the turn, Max Verstappen first took the lead in free practice before suffering a gearbox problem. It was George Russell and Lewis Hamilton who took the opportunity to take the first two places.
Since the start of the season, the Dutch public has been waiting for just that: to find their hero. Crowned world champion last year, Max Verstappen returns home with a title on his list. Winner last season on this Zandvoort Grand Prix, Verstappen aims to repeat his performance this year, even though he knows that Charles Leclerc will be revengeful. But before fighting it out during the race, the paddock was able to test itself during the first free practice session.
Disaster for Verstappen who stops his session
It was obviously eagerly awaited. Large leader of the championship, Max Verstappen does not have the obligation to impose itself at home, in Zandvoort, to be crowned. But to hit hard, a victory is necessary. The pilot Red Bull intended to send a message from this first free practice session, it failed… Even if he started off strong, the reigning world champion was betrayed by his single-seater and a gearbox problem which forced him to stop his session. In front of an orange crowd come by the thousands, Max Verstappen therefore had to attend the performance of mercedes from the pit lane.
Gearbox problem for Max Verstappen 🛠️The Dutchman is stopped at the exit of turn 3 ❌#DutchGP 🇳🇱 | ▶️ https://t.co/t7uFs3yVeh pic.twitter.com/JJaahN0WzC
— CANAL+ F1® (@CanalplusF1) September 2, 2022
Russell in the lead, Mercedes do the double
While the stable mercedes has still not won a single Grand Prix this season, this first free practice session was already important for the German team. Thanks to the mechanical problem of Max Verstappen, george russell and Lewis Hamilton were able to take the opportunity to climb to the first two places in the ranking. Very good news for mercedesespecially after the very difficult weekend that has passed Lewis Hamilton in Belgium, forced to retire from the start of the race. It remains to be seen whether the W13 mercedes will also perform well at 4 p.m. for the second free practice session, but especially this Sunday for the race. Because internally, the single-seater is far from unanimous. ” I don’t think it will be placed very well in the Mercedes-Benz museum. Maybe she’ll go to the basement “, even launched Toto Wolff. The tone is set !
The classification of EL1
1- george russell (mercedes): 1:12.455
2- Lewis Hamilton (mercedes): +0.240
3- carlos sainz (Ferrari): +0.390
4- Lando Norris (McLaren): +0.474
5- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren): +0.622
6- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): +0.672
7- Sergio Perez (Red Bull): +0.961
8- Fernando Alonso (Alpine): +1.178
9- Esteban Ocon (Alpine): +1.508
10- Alexander Albon (williams): +1.608
11- Mick Schumacher (Haas): +1.708
12- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin): +1.802
13- Kevin Magnussen (Hass): +1.950
14- Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri): +2.019
15- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): +2.045
16- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo): +2.079
17- Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri): +2.175
18- Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): +2.240
19- Max Verstappen (Red Bull): +2.259
20- Nicholas Latifi (williams): +2.667
The second free practice session will take place this Friday at 4 p.m.