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