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Ferrari’s Sainz tops the timesheet and 4 debutants test their strength : 2022 COTA FP1 Highlights

The first free practice session of the weekend marked the debut of 4 new drivers in f1. Lets see how things fared out in this session

Sainz tops the timesheets

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Heading out of the Garage.

Carlos sainz took P1 in Free Practice 1 for the Maranello based Scuderia, setting a time of 1:36:578, followed by this year’s world champ, Max Verstappen, who put in a 15 laps, the fastest of them only 0.224 seconds shy of Sainz’s lap.

Then comes in Lewis Hamilton in P3 on softs later on in the game, +457s off of the pace set by Ferrari, A strong show of their much needed and awaited Final Upgrade. Lance’s timesheet score and Seb’s early show of pace in FP1 assured Aston Martin of their strength in the AMR22’s speed

Speed. Perez, Alonso, Russel, Gasly, and Norris complete the latter half of the 1:37s. Vettel rounds up the top 10 with an impressive run as mentioned before. Rest of the grid lineup is below.

155Carlos SainzFERRARI1:36.85719
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT1:37.081+0.224s15
344Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:37.332+0.475s20
418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:37.460+0.603s23
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT1:37.515+0.658s19
614Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT1:37.713+0.856s25
763George RussellMERCEDES1:37.802+0.945s23
810Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT1:37.810+0.953s24
94Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:37.856+0.999s23
105Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:38.041+1.184s25
1131Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:38.102+1.245s24
1224Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:38.276+1.419s21
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:38.422+1.565s21
1422Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT1:38.898+2.041s23
1547Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI1:38.922+2.065s20
1639Robert ShwartzmanFERRARI1:38.951+2.094s21
1728Alex PalouMCLAREN MERCEDES1:39.911+3.054s21
1898Theo PourchaireALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:40.175+3.318s19
1945Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:40.325+3.468s23
2099Antonio GiovinazziHAAS FERRARI1:43.063+6.206s4
U.S. GP FP1 Lap times and Laps completed by drivers

The 4 rookies for the session.

With the season coming to the end, Teams were obligated to let new drivers try their hands on the wheel. Five teams: Ferrari picked up Robby Schwartzmann swapping him for Charles, McLaren took up Alex Palou to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who kept up with Lando in the early stages of the session, an impressive outing for him; Alfa Romeo let have Theo Pourchaire a spin in Bottas’ Car and got P18 for result And lastly Williams, who had Logan Sargeant complete 23 laps around his home circuit for FP1 and got p19.

Schwartzmann topped the rookie times, although 2 seconds of the pace, still, could be worse. Alex Palou seemed pretty fascinated by the F1 car performance over the radio.

It will be interesting to see in the next session how the 2023 spec tyres fare in the long run, given the track was a bit bumpier for the cars this time on as shown by alonso, who struggled a bit before in the session.

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