FP1 report and 2022 São Paulo Grand Prix highlights: FP1: Perez overtakes Leclerc and Verstappen in very close first practice at Interlagos as qualifying approaches


Sergio Perez narrowly set the tempo throughout Friday’s first observe session for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, forward of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and Crimson Bull teammate Max Verstappen because the third and ultimate end F1 Dash week of the season has began.

Given the Dash format, FP1 has taken on higher significance than the standard Friday schedule, with solely 60 minutes out there for groups to know and modify their automobiles earlier than qualifying on the Interlagos technical circuit.

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After the drivers spent the early levels accumulating information on the laborious and medium tire compounds – Verstappen main with a time of 1m 13.575s – the primary units of softs appeared close to the midway level, resulting in a flurry of enhancements.

Perez triggered the change to purple marked rubber, dropping to 1m 11.853s, with Verstappen initially slotting into P2, 0.008s behind because the two-time world champion radioed that his RB18 “doesn’t spin”.


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Within the closing minutes of the session, Leclerc edged out fighter Verstappen by 0.004s to separate the Crimson Bulls after Ferrari made a late change to tender tires – Carlos Sainz was fourth, slightly below two tenths adrift.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell had been inside a step of Sainz at P5 and P6 respectively, regardless of Hamilton claiming that “it feels just like the rear is simply floating” and braking initially of his tender tire race.

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Sebastian Vettel has positioned his Aston Martin in seventh as his F1 retirement attracts ever nearer, with Haas driver Mick Schumacher, Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly finishing the highest 10.

Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon made a discreet begin to the weekend of their respective P11 and P13 – neither Alpine nor rival McLaren utilizing tender tires within the session – sandwiching Williams man Alex Albon with Lance’s different Aston Martin. Stroll 14th after reporting technical points.

Drivers and groups carried out packed FP1 applications to organize for qualification

Having felt sick on Thursday, Lando Norris arrived on observe to steer the McLaren crew into P15, adopted by the remaining Haas and Williams machines of Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi.

Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) accomplished the sphere, which was coated by 1.5 seconds over the 4,309km of the observe.

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In a quiet session, a sluggish Norris on the way in which out of Senna Estes drew the ire of Sainz, with Stroll thwarting Leclerc in one other traffic-related incident on the way in which all the way down to Junção.

After FP1, consideration instantly turns to qualifying in São Paulo, which is scheduled to begin at 4pm native time. Go to HUB RACE for extra info.

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