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Sainz leads Leclerc in FP1! 2022 Belgian GP FP1 Highlights!

Title contenders take upgrade penalties as Magnussen's PU snags, causing red flags

A lot on and off track action meant for an entertaining session for the fans as the drivers took to the track under momentary showers of rain. Inters were the choicest tyres of the session as parts of the track were not suitable for the slicks to do their job. However, the track dried quickly and soon enough the slicks were brought on.

Verstappen dominated the majority of the session with an average 2-second gap over the rest of the drivers. A few patches of standing water still troubled a few drivers along the fast corners, as we saw Yuki Tsunoda do a slight drift midway through the session.

In the second stage of the session, with just 20 minutes remaining the session was red flagged as Kevin Magnussen stopped his car after Turn 1. His roll-hoop light began flashing red lights, indicating a hybrid issue. It was later confirmed that it was triggered by a high voltage problem. As a result, the car was dangerous for the marshals to touch and had to wait until the team’s engineers reached to help tow the car away. With just 10 odd minutes remaining in the session, the drivers took to the track yet again to get in as much laps as they could. The Ferrari duo took the top spots with Carlos Sainz putting forth a benchmark of 1:46:538. Towards the final minutes of the session rain resumed yet again and the drivers finally returned to their pits to prepare for FP2.

More trivia from the session, as we came to know that multiple drivers would take penalties for changing components of their car. These include Verstappen, Norris, Ocon and Bottas who carry a new ICE, turbos and MGU-H. Verstappen, Ocon and Leclerc also carry further penalties for taking new MGU-Ks. Leclerc and Ocon face penalties for a new energy store. Ocon and Schumacher face penalties for taking a new control electronics unit. This means that Ocon is taking a brand new component for every part of his power unit. So we might see a special run from the back from the Frenchman! Adding even more to the list Leclerc, Bottas and Schumacher will take new gearbox cases and cassettes and Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas and Schumacher will change their gearbox driveline, gear change and auxiliary components.

With all of these changes we might be more interested in the cars at the back rather than the front on Sunday. This also gives a opportunity to Mercedes to get the best result out of a race possible. The complete driver standings from the session are given below:

1 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:46.538 16
2 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:46.607 +0.069s 16
3 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:46.755 +0.217s 10
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:47.396 +0.858s 13
5 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:47.437 +0.899s 13
6 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:47.835 +1.297s 15
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:48.081 +1.543s 14
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:48.310 +1.772s 17
9 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:48.420 +1.882s 10
10 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:48.474 +1.936s 13
11 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:48.485 +1.947s 13
12 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:48.672 +2.134s 16
13 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:49.470 +2.932s 15
14 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:49.664 +3.126s 17
15 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:49.813 +3.275s 12
16 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:50.315 +3.777s 5
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:50.982 +4.444s 9
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:51.259 +4.721s 15
19 40 Liam Lawson ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:52.065 +5.527s 14
20 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 2
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Abhishek S.

Loves long drives, sunsets and skylines (pun intended ;)). Will miss a date but not an F1 race!

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