Carlos Sainz led a Ferrari one-two in the opening Formula 1 practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix as a late-session downpour prevented improvements.


Key moments

– Sainz 0.069s faster than Leclerc – Verstappen third ahead of Russell – Magnussen’s Haas stops on track, causes red flag
– Late-session shower stops improvements


Sainz topped FP1 on a 1m46.538s at the beginning of a weekend where he has an excellent chance of victory as his team-mate Charles Leclerc and points leader Max Verstappen both have back-of-the-grid penalties.

His best effort was 0.069 seconds faster than Leclerc’s time and put him 0.217s ahead of third-fastest Verstappen.

None of those lead times are particularly representative because the session was red-flagged when Kevin Magnussen’s Haas broke down on the exit of the reprofiled Turn 1.

This caused a lengthy stoppage while Magnussen’s mechanics ensured the car was safe after his car’s red ERS warning light came on.

🚩 RED FLAG 🚩

Magnussen has a problem and is stationary out on track just after Turn 1 #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/0LTZ5QXoFz

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 26, 2022

The session resumed with nine minutes remaining but any chance of drivers bettering their laps was ruined by a late-session downpour.

This left Sainz as the fastest driver ahead of Leclerc, Verstappen, George Russell and Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin, who is trialling a new front wing.

everything that happened in first belgian gp f1 practice

Alex Albon was an impressive sixth for Williams ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, driving in his first session since he announced that he’ll leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was eighth fastest ahead of seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who will be expected to lead the team’s charge this weekend.

Nicholas Latifi was 11th fastest in the second Williams ahead of Zhou Guanyu.

Ricciardo’s team-mate Lando Norris will also take a back-of-the-grid penalty. He was 13th in the upgraded McLaren ahead of multiple world champions Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher and Valtteri Bottas will also start towards the back with penalties.

Ocon and Bottas were both limited in FP1 by mechanical problems, with the latter failing to set a representative time.

Three-time Formula 2 race winner Liam Lawson made his F1 practice bow for AlphaTauri in place of Pierre Gasly. He was the slowest driver to set a time, with his fastest effort over 3.7s adrift of the sister car of Tsunoda.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m46.538s
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m46.607s +0.069s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m46.755s +0.217s
4 George Russell Mercedes 1m47.396s +0.858s
5 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m47.437s +0.899s
6 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m47.835s +1.297s
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.081s +1.543s
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m48.31s +1.772s
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m48.42s +1.882s
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m48.474s +1.936s
11 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m48.485s +1.947s
12 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m48.672s +2.134s
13 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.47s +2.932s
14 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m49.664s +3.126s
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m49.813s +3.275s
16 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m50.315s +3.777s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m50.982s +4.444s
18 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m51.259s +4.721s
19 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m52.065s +5.527s

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