Sainz dominates the tests, Hamilton in the shot

British Grand Prix 2022

Sainz dominates the tests, Hamilton in the shot.

Sainz dominates the tests, Hamilton in the shot
British Grand Prix

Spaniard Carlos Sainz dominated the first practice of the British Grand Prix on Friday. Lewis Hamilton was second.

With a time of 1 min 28 sec 942/1000 in the second session, Sainz, still looking for his first leading position in F1.
His first victory in the field – proved to be the fastest of the day, ahead of Hamilton (at 163/1000).
During the last free practice of the day, “I felt pretty good,” assured the Briton. He was second in the first session, this time in the rain.
The car “bounces still, not necessarily in a straight line. But in the corners, it’s quite hard […]. We still have work to do, but it’s a small step forward,” he said after an anecdotal session.
The McLaren of Lando Norris, 176/1000 from Sainz, completes the top 3 of the day.
Earlier in the afternoon, Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) took the honors.
Under a capricious sky and on a wet track, the Finn was ahead of his former Mercedes Hamilton teammate at the end of the first free practice session.

Red Bull in retreat

Back on a dry track later in the afternoon, the Red Bulls – who had not recorded any time in the first tests like many other drivers – showed behind.
Reigning world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen set the fourth time at the end of the day.
I think we know what we need to work on, and we will do it tonight. We should also have rain during qualifying tomorrow.
The conditions will be different compared to our sessions today,” said the Dutchman.
The same impression of withdrawal was at Charles Leclerc. He was third in the championship and fifth in the last practice session.
The British round also marked the camera’s return to the pilots’ feet. The device, which disappeared after the Belgian Grand Prix in 2000, was installed.
“This camera is in line with the innovations we’ve introduced into our programs to bring fans closer to action,” said Dean Locke. He is Formula 1’s Director of Broadcast and Media.
“F1 drivers must simultaneously perform some complex tasks at speeds of up to 200 mph (over 320 km/h) during a race.
And this camera angle – along with innovations such as the camera built into the helmet – will help our fans understand the challenges of being in the cockpit, ” he added.
Canada’s Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) finished 10th.

Second free practice session:

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:28.942 (28 laps)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:29.105 (21)
Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:29.118 (29)
Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:29.149 (18)
Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:29.404 (25)
Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:29.695 (19)
Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull) 1:29.753 (17)
George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 1:29.799 (29)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:29.902 (26)
Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:29.942 (17)
Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:30.000 (29)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:30.057 (20)
Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:30.238 (12)
Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 1:30.263 (14)
Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 1:30.271 (27)
Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:30.338 (29)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:30.480 (27)
Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:30.510 (28)
Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:30.609 (29)
Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:31.326 (27)
First free practice session:
Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:42.249 (9 laps)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:42.781 (10)
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:42.967 (8)
Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:43.801 (7)
Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:43.895 (3)
Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 1:46.171 (4)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:48.161 (3)
Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:51.243 (5)
Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:51.373 (5)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:59.168 (5)
George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 0.000 (2)
Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull) 0.000 (3)
Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 0.000 (2)
Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 0.000 (1)
Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 0.000 (1)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 0.000 (4)
Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 0.000 (3)
Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 0.000 (4)
Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 0.000 (1)
Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 0.000 (3)
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