Leclerc fastest in Dutch GP practice on Friday

Leclerc fastest in Dutch GP practice on Friday
Leclerc fastest in Dutch GP practice on Friday

George Russell’s Mercedes was fastest in FP1 and Leclerc topped FP2 with the day’s best time of 1m12.345s.

FP1 Dutch Grand Prix results: Hamilton’s fastest Russell

What happened during free practice 1 of the Dutch GP?

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen caused a red flag in the early stages when his Red Bull came to a halt with a gearbox problem that knocked him out of the session after just a few laps on hard tyres.

Fernando Alonso set the soft tire bar at 1m13.635s, soon overtaken by Lando Norris in 1m12.929s then Sainz in 1m12.845s

Mercedes ran longer on the hard in the beginning, so the track grip had evolved further by the time they switched to the soft. Russell went ahead in times with 1m12.455s with 13 minutes left, Hamilton taking P2, 0.240s behind his team-mate.

Sainz finished third, ahead of the McLarens of Norris and Daniel Ricciardo (who took a gravel trip at Turn 11). Leclerc finished sixth, ahead of Perez – who suffered a grass stoppage but continued.

FP2 Dutch Grand Prix results: Sainz fastest Leclerc

What happened during free practice 2 of the Dutch GP?

Verstappen used his previously unused softs at the start, setting the bar at 1m13.465s. It was 0.079s faster than Sainz on the mids.

Sainz then went faster in 1m13.412s, with Leclerc under 0.025s, as Verstappen got bogged down in traffic on his second lap push.

Sainz switched to softs and lowered his P1 time to 1m12.349s, 0.068s ahead of Hamilton, with Russell three tenths behind. Leclerc ran later and edged Sainz by 0.004s.

Hamilton finished third ahead of Norris and Russell. Verstappen could only manage eighth, seven tenths off the pace.

Yuki Tsunoda caused a red flag with 12 minutes remaining when he failed his AlphaTauri.

The article is in French

. Leclerc fast during of tries of Netherlands friday

. Leclerc fastest Dutch practice Friday

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