After most of Free Practice 1 was red-flagged due to an engine failure from Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton tops FP1 ahead of championship rival Max Verstappen at the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.
Early in the session, the drivers headed out on the hard compound tires, with the inexperienced drivers struggling more, and Yuki Tsunoda suffering a spin at Turn 10, quickly rejoining the track and bringing out the yellow flags in Sectors 2 and 3.
Another driver to go off was Alpine’s Estaban Ocon, who locked up and went into the escape road at Turn 11. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel reported an MGU-K issue less than ten minutes into the session, heading into the pits and leaving the Aston Martin team to resolve the issue.
Zandvoort punished yet another driver, Pierre Gasly, as he went wide and lost the left mirror, in a scary moment for the Frenchman who was also fitted with the hard compounds.
Aston Martin sent Vettel out once again which proved to be a big mistake, as Vettel’s AMR21 suffered from a power unit failure at the pit lane exit, with him putting out the flames on the side of the track with assistance from the marshals. A yellow flag shortly followed, which then led to a red flag to clear up any fluids leaking from the car.
With five minutes to go, the session was green-flagged after the electrically unsafe Aston Martin was cleared away from the track, allowing drivers to set laps, this time on the soft compound tires.
The Ferraris put on a strong display towards the end of the session, finishing third and fourth at the chequered flag. At the same time, there was last-minute drama as Estaban Ocon pushed Lando Norris off the track into the gravel.
In the end, with no more than 19 laps from any driver in the session, Hamilton led over Verstappen in Free Practice 1, with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc claiming third and fourth respectively.
The top 10 classification of FP1 is as follows:
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG Petronas||1:11.500|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||+0.097|
|3||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Scuderia Ferrari||+0.101|
|4||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari||+0.123|
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG Petronas||+0.238|
|6||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||+0.658|
|7||Estaban Ocon||Alpine Renault||+0.731|
|8||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||+0.859|
|9||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes||+0.931|
|10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda||+1.015|