The two Mercedes racers set the fastest laps, but Max Verstappen’s early red flag was brought about by stopping due to transmission problems.
In practise one for the Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell finished in front of Carlos Sainz, the Ferrari racer, and teammate Lewis Hamilton.
After deciding to complete their runs in the middle of the session, Russell’s best time of 1:12.455 was 0.240 faster than Hamilton’s.
This came after Max Verstappen raised an early warning flag by pulling off the track due to what appeared to be a transmission problem.
Before his RB18 experienced the mechanical issue coming out of T2, the Dutch driver had only finished seven laps in front of his home audience.
Prior to the session, Red Bull changed gearbox components, choosing to remove him from the car so they could look into the issue and make sure there was no further harm done to the car.
When the practise began, Carlos Sainz established the early speed as the racers began to finish their runs on the Soft tyre. The two Mercedes racers later outperformed this, dropping the Ferrari racer to third fastest.
Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, driving the two McLarens, put in a great performance to finish the session fourth and fifth quickest, respectively.
Perez had a difficult session as Williams maintains Top 10 pace
Sergio Perez, a teammate of Verstappen, was having a difficult session and finding it difficult to keep up the speed set by the Ferrari and Mercedes racers.
When the Mexican slid off the racetrack on the exit of Turn 2 and almost hit the wall, he narrowly escaped raising another red flag. Ahead of Charles Leclerc, he finished the period eighth quickest.
Following his first points finish at Spa Francorchamps previous weekend, Alex Albon completed the top 10. Throughout the practise, Williams had Albon perform back-to-back tests while testing a new front wing.
Nevertheless, Pierre Gasly could only accomplish a time good enough for 14th quickest, and Tsunoda was 17th quickest at the finish line. Alpha Tauri was also testing a new rear wing on their car.
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