British GP: Norris shines at home

British GP: Norris shines at home

On home soil, Lando Norris set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the British Grand Prix, driving his McLaren.

Here we go for the third part of the summer triptych! After Spain and Austria, Great Britain welcomes the best drivers in the world this weekend at Silverstone, where rain could be on the agenda, even if it did not disrupt the first free practice session, held under big grey clouds.

It was Lando Norris, at the wheel of his McLaren, who set the best time in these FP1s, completing one of his 26 laps in 1’27″420 on soft tires. The British driver beat the surprising Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) by 134 thousandths and Oscar Piastri (McLaren) by 211 thousandths. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and George Russell (Mercedes) completed the podium. On the French side, Esteban Ocon brought his Alpine up to tenth place on the timesheet, just over half a second behind Lando Norris.

Tsunoda Causes Red Flag

His teammate Pierre Gasly, who will start last on the grid on Sunday due to an engine change, watched the session from the pits. He had in fact given his single-seater to the Australian rookie Jack Doohan (16th at 1″2), the regulations requiring teams to let their young drivers take part in two free practice sessions during the season. This was also the case for the Frenchman Isack Hadjar, currently second in Formula 2, who drove in Sergio Perez’s Red Bull, finishing 19th at 1″8. The third rookie, the Argentinian Franco Colapino, meanwhile finished between Doohan and Hadjar, in the Williams.

This session was marked by an incident after ten minutes, when Yuki Tsunoda spun and crashed his Racing Bull into the gravel, which led the stewards to deploy the red flag for eight minutes, the time to evacuate the single-seater. Despite some heated moments, between Charles Leclerc and Lance Stroll, then between Isack Hadjar and Lando Norris (the Briton had to lock his wheels in front of the Frenchman, who had not seen him and immediately apologized) at the end of the session, no other incidents were reported. The second session will start at 17:00 French time. With or without rain?

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