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Pirelli Grand Prix de France: FP1

By Harry Schofield:


The First action of the weekend continued with the dominance of the Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas claiming another 1-2  in the first session.


The drama that we had in Canada seems to be haunting Sebastian Vettel, in an attempt to make room for Valterri Bottas, Sebastian at turn 1 went the wrong side of the bollards as he rejoined the track.


This weekend’s Grand Prix has a big emphasis on track limits and during the course of the weekend in the drivers briefings this will certainly be a hot topic, especially for the Ferrari team .


Tyres as ever continue to dominate every Race weekend, with heavy graining from most teams reported.


rack and ambient track temperatures in France wil be particularly  high on Race day so graining of the tyres needs to be addressed in FP2 for the preparation  of race simulations in FP3 on Saturday.


Nicholas Latifi took over from George Russell in the Williams in FP1, but still nearly 4 and a half seconds of the pace of the Mercedes.


Ferrari was experimenting with a new front wing, with Charles Leclerc doing the development work, suspected improvements on the wing are to get the front tyres at optimal working temperature in the first few laps, this is where Mercedes have such an advantage over the rest of the teams.

Mercedes have got a good aero package and works extremely well with the tyres, front wing and suspension set up  always works in conjunction with the tyres.


Front tyre temps is a balancing act, you can get good tyre temps by having an understerring car but then you will have big tyre degradation.


Pirelli Grand Prix de France FP1 Results :


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21 1:32.738

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 20 1:32.807 0.069

3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 21 1:33.111 0.373

4 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 20 1:33.618 0.880

5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 22 1:33.790 1.052

6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing 20 1:34.091 1.353

7 Lando Norris McLaren 23 1:34.110 1.372

8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 26 1:34.261 1.523

9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 18 1:34.540 1.802

10 Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso 25 1:34.804 2.066

11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 21 1:34.809 2.071

12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 25 1:34.810 2.072

13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 22 1:35.063 2.325

14 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 24 1:35.326 2.588

15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 19 1:35.410 2.672

16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 22 1:35.522 2.784

17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 22 1:36.102 3.364

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 25 1:37.147 4.409

19 Robert Kubica Williams 27 1:37.172 4.434

20 Romain Grosjean Haas 9 1:37.620 4.882

 


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