FP1 report and highlights from the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix: Sainz heads Ferrari 1-2 in Belgium as F1 returns after summer break

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Carlos Sainz beat Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to the fastest time in the rain-disrupted opening practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, the first track action since F1 returned from its summer break.

The Spaniard clocked a 1m 46.538s on the soft tires to finish 0.069s clear of Leclerc, who will start towards the back of the grid after Ferrari changes engine components that exceed his allotment.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was third fastest, with George Russell’s Mercedes fourth and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll fifth.

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Intermediates were the tires of choice as the session got underway for installation laps, with continued light rain dotting Spa all morning. But conditions quickly improved to the point that slicks quickly bolted.

Verstappen, who will also start at the back of the grid after Red Bull fitted a range of new engine components to provoke engine penalties, was the early pacesetter. But he was usurped by the Ferrari duo.

1


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:46.538

2


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.069s

3


Max
Verstappen
FAR
Red Bull Racing

+0.217s

4


George
Russell
RUS
Mercedes

+0.858s

5


Lance
strolling around
STR
Aston Martin

+0.899s

But with 20 minutes to go, the session went red after Kevin Magnussen was told to stop his Haas on the track, up the hill to Eau Rouge-Raidillon. Haas boss Guenther Steiner suggested it was a high voltage problem.

As the session got going again, an oncoming rainstorm meant that no one else could improve.

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Alex Albon was sixth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo – who will leave McLaren at the end of the season after agreeing with the team to end his contract early.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was eighth, with Liam Lawson – who borrowed the second car for FP1 instead of Pierre Gasly for his first race weekend, as part of rules dictating that all teams must drive young drivers for at least two practice sessions – 19th.

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Lewis Hamilton was ninth, ahead of Sergio Perez, with Nicholas Latifi in the second Williams eleventh.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu asked for a new helmet after going up a lot on the straight. He finished 12th, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas – who received engine penalties – failed to set a time in 20th.

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Lando Norris, who joined the group of drivers with engine penalties, finished 13th, ahead of world champions Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Esteban Ocon – who is also fined for replacing engine components – spent much of the session in the garage with an undisclosed problem, with Magnussen and Mick Schumacher receiving a grid penalty for new control electronics and gearbox, ranking 17th respectively. and 18th.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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