Pedal issues for Hamilton, Stroll’s cover is blown

Mark Scott
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s return from the summer break did not get off to the best of starts; Lance Stroll’s Racing Point gave us a striptease.

Here is how Friday practice unfolded…

First up, here is your first race weekend schedule after the summer break…

Before the lights went green for FP1, we had confirmation that Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat are all set for grid penalties on Sunday. Welcome back, gents!

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

The FIA later confirmed that Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll are also set for grid drops. Our heads hurt.

On track, Lewis Hamilton had the first bit of teething problems after he lost power just 20 minutes into the FP1 session.

He managed to get going again but spent a lengthy amount of time back in the garage.

Meanwhile, part of Lance Stroll’s engine cover just decided to blow off…

Lance Stroll

As Hamilton was able to make up for some lost time, it was the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the top of the timesheet after FP1. Alex Albon in close quarters with Max Verstappen.

Power issues for Mercedes on Friday morning; power issues for Max Verstappen on Friday afternoon. Those summer break cobwebs, eh?

There was another issue for Hamilton in FP2. This time his helmet needed changing after getting dust and sand in his eyes.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Back on track, Ferrari continued to lead the way in Friday practice as Charles Leclerc posted a 1:44.123 on his qualifying sim run.

Charles Leclerc

More of the same on Saturday? We wonder…

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