Spain’s Carlos Sainz has topped the first practice session of the Australian Grand Prix, with his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in second.
Formula 1 racing is back in Australia after a 2-year absence due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The highlight of the weekend is the changes made to the layout and the 4 DRS zones.
Six minutes into the session and we already saw some on-track controversy, as Lance Stroll claimed Lewis Hamilton impeded him through the last corners of his lap. The incident was then noted by the Stewards, who decided no investigation was necessary.
Many drivers struggled through turn 3, locking up and going wide. One of the earliest, harshest examples was that of Fernando Alonso, who went off-track and slightly touched the gravel before recovering.
The red flag was brought up just 20 minutes into the session as stewards jumped on track to recover a piece of debris from Sergio Perez’s car which fell on the main straight right after the last corner. The session then resumed with 37 minutes to go.
Alonso protagonized yet another moment as he lost the rear and spun around through his fast lap around the circuit.
The second red flag was out with 15 minutes to go as Sebastian Vettel lost power through the middle of the track, stopping by the side and ending his practice.
The session then resumed and it was Carlos Sainz who topped the timesheets with his teammate Charles Leclerc behind and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez third.