Formula 1 moved from Belgium to the Netherlands. Zandvoort underwent modifications before returning to the calendar last year, but retained, for example, numerous gravel zones. During the first practice session, we saw several trips off the track – among others by Haas drivers or Pérez.
After ten minutes, the yellow flags had to be displayed, which were replaced by a virtual safety car and then red flags. Max Verstappen retired his car – apparently due to gearbox problems. He did not return to the track until the end of training.
George Russell set the fastest time ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
|3||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1:12.845||0.390||30||soft|
|7||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1:13.416||0.961||30||soft|
|12||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1:14.257||1.802||30||medium|
|15||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1:14,500||2.045||28||medium|
|16||Kuan-yu Chou||Alfa Romeo||1:14.534||2,079||18||soft|
|18||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1:14.695||2,240||22||soft|
|19||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:14.714||2.259||7||hard|
1:22 p.m.: Hamilton goes second. However, a number of rivals have already complained about his actions in the slow lap.
1.17pm: Russell takes the lead – 1:12.455
13:06: What on the track…
1:05 p.m: Wild trip off the track for Pérez.
- About what
1:02 p.m.: Ricciardo examined the duck
12:58 p.m: that the traditional Friday bad luck of Bottas would infect Chow? He is in the pits and has only done 2 laps.
12:58: Sainz first – 1:12.845
12:55 p.m: And Norris is already surpassing him.
12:54 p.m: Alonso takes the lead…
12:51 p.m: Schumacher won’t even be investigated after all.
12:50 p.m.: Stroll first on the track.
12:50 p.m.: We continue..
12:46 p.m.: Schumacher apparently left the pits when the red flags were flying.
12:42: red flags…
12:41: The Haas drivers have already tried the duck. VSC but of course because of Verstappen.
12:40: yellow flags, Verstappen stops on track!
Photo: Getty Images/Clive Mason
12:35 p.m: Alonso was in the lead for a while, he is the only one driving in the middle. Others have hard tires. Alonso is overtaken by Norris.
12:30 p.m.: We begin..
12:28 p.m.: Track temperature 30 °C, air 22 °C.
12:24 p.m.: F1 returned to Zandvoort last year. This year, however, two novelties await the riders. The first is the second DRS zone, which starts before the last sharp corner. The second is “false gravel” in the 12th turn.
This is gravel that has been coated with a resin type material. This keeps the surface firm and no or very little gravel gets onto the track. The experimental strip is one meter wide from the curb and is visually identifiable as it is significantly darker than the actual gravel that follows it. The belt provides less grip.
Photo: Getty Images/Peter Fox
12:22 p.m: Welcome to the online coverage of the first practice for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix.