Dutch Grand Prix 2022 Friday practice sessions

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A good start to the weekend for the MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS F1 team in Zandwoort

  • The W13 showed better pace in the banked corners at Zandvoort on Friday as both drivers led the field in FP1, with George fastest overall.
  • The team completed a setup comparison of both cars to maximize insights and fine-tune the car’s balance. George completed the FIA ​​mirror test for the FP1 part, Lewis did so at Spa.
  • Just 0.3s separated the top five in FP2, with Lewis finishing P3 and George P5.


“This is a lot better than Sunday last week and better than Friday too. It was a decent start to the weekend, we got into a much better sport with the car because we’re just on a completely different track. It’s still a work in progress, we’re not that far behind, which is good to see, and the car doesn’t feel too bad, so we have to keep going. This track is a lot more aggressive for the tires and we could feel some bouncing here and there, but if we make some progress overnight, which we normally do, we’ll see what’s possible tomorrow.”

2022 Dutch Grand Prix 2022, Friday – LAT Images


“The car is working better than this time last week and it will be tight tomorrow, McLaren will be there and Aston Martin will be there too. We know that qualifying is our weakness and the race tends to be more favorable – our race pace looks pretty good – but you have to start in the right position. It was tricky on track o because the timing screens were off so we couldn’t see where our long run pace was, but we know we’re in a relatively good place. We’re closer than we were on Friday, so things look promising for tomorrow. The DRS in the flaps is pretty cool, it’s incredible how much grip you get with this lean and you jump here in turn 3 and the car holds – it’s a great feeling.

2022 Dutch Grand Prix, Friday – Sebastian Kawka


“The car was much easier to balance here than at Spa and it looks like we will be in a better place in terms of pace; we’re still a little short by one lap and a long ride, but the gaps are much better than last week. Practice was a little chaotic with a few red flags, but we managed to tick off our test items and have a decent idea of ​​where we’re going with the car’s specs for tomorrow. Neither driver has the balance where they want it yet, and both felt the car handled a little better in the morning. In the afternoon, we were understeer in some places, stability was lacking in other places. They are not major problems but we will have to fix them overnight if we plan to give Red Bull and Ferrari a bit of trouble tomorrow.”

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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