F1 Baku, Perez unleashes in FP1.  Leclerc in the wake of Ferrari.  Then Verstappen and Sainz

First free practice session in Azerbaijan with the Mexican Red Bull racing ahead of the Monegasque. The two Milton Keynes cars with new engines. Fifth Alonso on Hamilton who confirms: “A film with Brad Pitt on F1? True. But I can’t say more”

by the correspondent Giusto Ferronato

– baku (azerbaijan)

Lots of sun and lots of wind, more annoying for drivers and single-seaters than for spectators: this is how Azerbaijan welcomed F1 for this eighth round of the 2022 World Cup. In the first free practice session in Baku, Sergio Perez’s Red Bull immediately shone. , in great shape and confidence after his victory in the Monaco GP last week. Driving through the city streets of the track on the banks of the Caspian exalted the Mexican driver who preceded Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari in 1’45 ”476, charged as never before to redeem himself after the unfortunate weekend in the Principality. The gap that separates them is just over a tenth, with their teammates Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz 3 and 5 tenths behind Perez, respectively in third and fourth position.

developments

Meanwhile, the duel of developments between the two rivals for the title continues here too. Red Bull has decided to deploy the new engine, intended as a new endothermic unit, on both of its single-seaters. On the RB18 there are also changes to the fund and the first response of the track seems more than positive. For Ferrari, a new turbo on Leclerc’s single-seater and two aerodynamic refinements: a new rear wing specific to this track and two new rear-view mirror attachments with a design to improve the airflow directed to the rear, always with a view to improving the load, essential on this track.

alfa romeo tricolor

Good fifth time for the Alpine of the eternal Fernando Alonso, while the difficulties continue for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in 6th and 8th place. The F1 W13s still showed very conspicuous hopping problems. So today it made more news to hear Hamilton talk about his plans for a film with Brad Pitt on F1: “I confirm, but I can not say more, we are working on the script, but I should not appear. It is a very interesting project ”. Fifteenth and sixteenth time for Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou with the two Alfa Romeos in tricolor livery to launch the Tonale.

problems for mick

Technical problems for Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi. The German parked his Haas with radiator fluid leaking copiously from the right side a few minutes into the session. Thus the German did not essentially turn. Parking on the track also for the Canadian from Williams, on foot due to a technical problem. At 4 pm the second session.



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