FP1: Hamilton leads Bottas, Leclerc third

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F1 Grand Prix, GP France, Circuit Paul Ricardfr

Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Bottas did exactly as expected by topping the first practice session at Circuit Paul Ricard, France. The duo were tightly matched and kept Charles Leclerc in the closest Ferrari at nearly 4 tenths.

As Mercedes had already expected that the French circuit would suit their car better than Canada, seeing them top the timesheet wasn't really any news.

The news involved the tyres, as many drivers found out the softs wore pretty quickly. Because of that wear, many drivers also found themselves spinning off the track, including Gasly, Verstappen and Kvyat as they trialed a new Honda power unit.

None of them ended up with car damage, but Grosjean was perhaps worst off, as he first struggled to get to grips with his car, before having to end the session early due to a water leak on his Haas VF-19.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:32.738-21
277Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:32.807+0.069s20
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:33.111+0.373s21
433Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:33.618+0.880s20
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1:33.790+1.052s22
610Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:34.091+1.353s20
74Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:34.110+1.372s23
855Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:34.261+1.523s26
93Daniel RicciardoRenault1:34.540+1.802s18
1023Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:34.804+2.066s25
1111Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:34.809+2.071s21
1227Nico HulkenbergRenault1:34.810+2.072s25
1318Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:35.063+2.325s22
1426Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:35.326+2.588s24
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:35.410+2.672s19
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:35.522+2.784s22
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.102+3.364s22
1840Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:37.147+4.409s25
1988Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:37.172+4.434s27
208Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:37.620+4.882s9