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Max third in Spa FP1

Published on 26 August 2022 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen clocked the third quickest time in the opening practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fastest at Spa-Francorchamps with his teammate,, Charles Leclerc, in second.

Ahead of the session, it is confirmed that Max, Leclerc, Lando Norris (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

Meanwhile, at Alpha Tauri, Pierre Gasly sits out FP1 with the team allowing Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson to drive the Frenchman’s car in the opening practice session.

As the session gets underway, it is dry, but the track is still damp due to prior rainfall. It prompts the drivers to conduct their installation laps on the intermediate Pirelli tyres. Soon after, everyone bolt son the slicks with Sainz clocking the first timed lap of the session.

As Max prepares for his first flying lap, his reaction time is tested by Nicolas Latifi. Max is driving through the pits when the Williams is released from his garage right in front of the Dutchman’s RB18. Thankfully Max is able to avoid the Canadian and he can continue on his outlap.

At the halfway mark, Max tops the leaderboards ahead Alex Albon (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (Oracle Red Bull Racing) and Leclerc. Soon after, it is Sainz who claims the fastest lap, soon followed by his teammate Leclerc. Max is unable to retaliate due to a red flag, following Kevin Magnussen’s Haas breaking down on track.

The session is resumed with nine minutes on the clock but Max struggles to get his tyres up to temperature. Rain in the closing minutes extinguishes any hope at setting another competitive lap. It means the reigning champ has to settle for P3.

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Results first free practice Belgium:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:46.538 16
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:46.607+0.069s16
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:46.755+0.217s10
4George RussellRUSMercedes1:47.396+0.858s13
5Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:47.437+0.899s13
6Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:47.835+1.297s15
7Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:48.081+1.543s14
8Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:48.310+1.772s16
9Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:48.420+1.882s10
10Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:48.474+1.936s13
11Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:48.485+1.947s13
12Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:48.672+2.134s15
13Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:49.470+2.932s15
14Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:49.664+3.126s17
15Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:49.813+3.275s12
16Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:50.315+3.777s5
17Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:50.982+4.444s9
18Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:51.259+4.721s15
19Liam LawsonAlphaTauri RBPT1:52.065+5.527s14
20Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari---2