Form 1 | Spa, EL1: Vettel takes a solid Ferrari double


Formula 1 is back in Belgium, under the sun of Spa-Francorchamps, and many things will follow this weekend! Of course, the great attraction of this first session was to see Alex Albon for the first time in a Red Bull, and to see Pierre Gasly in a Toro Rosso.

Albon and Daniil Kvyat have also inherited a new engine this weekend and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday, while Renault drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, will have the specification C of the engine and will take 5 penalty places each on the grid, as Carlos Sainz.

Pilots equipped with a Mercedes engine have also received a new specification but only one of them, Lance Stroll, will be penalized because it exceeds the authorized quotas after its engine failure in Canada.

Favorites on this circuit thanks to their weak aero drag and their very powerful engine, Ferrari dominated this first session, Sebastian Vettel having finished first in 1'44 "574 ahead of Charles Leclerc, two tenths, but a time of three seconds track record.

Max Verstappen was third at nine-tenths of Vettel, one tenth ahead of Alex Albon, who was on pace for his Red Bull debut. He leads the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who close the session at 1 "3 of the reference.

Hamilton seemed in trouble in this first session, unable to find a proper balance on his Mercedes after losing a lot of time early in the session due to a problem of accelerator pedal.

Stroll is seventh ahead of Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Sainz. The Racing Point receives this weekend an important evolution marked by a new snout that abandons the concept with two large notches, seen since 2016.

Hülkenberg follows in front of Lando Norris, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean. In the bottom of the grid, Gasly was 18th at three tenths of Kvyat, and one second ahead of the Williams of Nicholas Latifi and Robert Kubica.

01Sebastian VettelFerrari SF901: 44,57420
02Charles LeclercFerrari SF901: 44,78820
03Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RB151: 45.50718
04Alex AlbonRed Bull Honda RB151: 45.58419
05Valtteri BottasMercedes W101: 45,88225
06Lewis HamiltonMercedes W101: 45,97316
07Lance StrollRacing Point Mercedes RP191: 46.19816
08Daniel RicciardoRenault RS191: 46,42623
09Sergio PerezRacing Point Mercedes RP191: 46.43322
10Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault MCL341: 46,55720
11Nico HulkenbergRenault RS191: 46,66923
12Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault MCL341: 46,67019
13Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Ferrari C381: 47,02420
14Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari VF-191: 47.17618
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Ferrari C381: 47.33322
16Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-191: 47,48821
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso Honda STR141: 47,63620
18Pierre GaslyToro Rosso Honda STR141: 47,96826
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes FW421: 48.78424
20Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes FW421: 48,96624

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