Vettel under investigation for motorcycle ride
It seems that Sebastian Vettel’s funny gesture of riding a motorcycle after the end of FP1 could cost him dearly, since the race management has already opened an investigation against him for entering the track without authorization.
After having taken the Pole Position in Jeddah, Hakkinen said of Checo: “It has been very satisfying to see ‘Checo’ get his first pole position in Formula 1. Eleven years, 220 Grands Prix, that’s a long time to wait, but you need a competitive car and He’s making the most of that opportunity.”
Red Bull is happy with Checo Prez
After having achieved the Pole in Jeddah, Helmut Marko spoke about Checo Prez’s adaptation to the 2022 car, saying: “I think with Prez there are two factors. First, the car adapts more to the, so you feel more comfortable. And second, the team knows him best. His career engineer has also grown, so there is more self-confidence, more knowledge. Y in general we are very happy that this evolution has taken place”, declared Dr. Marko.
Read Marko’s words HERE.
McLaren and his LEGO car
In the run-up to the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren surprised locals and strangers by presenting its car made with LEGOs. In an impressive work done on a real scale, both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo had the opportunity to appreciate the model.
Vettel walks through Albert Park
After having problems with his car at the end of the session, Sebastian Vettel does not take it badly and asks for a borrowed motorcycle to get to the pits, taking the opportunity to greet the fans in the tribune.
There is a break in the circuit of less than two hours for the start of Free Practice 2 but we continue here, to know the reactions that arise after the first session of the day.
Free Practice Result 1 | Australian GP F1 2022
IT’S OVER Carlos Sainz sets the fastest time in this first practice session and finishes ahead of Charles Leclerc, Checo Pérez and Max Verstappen.
03:00 | Checo Prez overtakes Verstappen and takes third place, just behind the two Ferraris. Carlos Sainz has the first place but he almost hit a wall recently.
10:00 | There is already a green flag and the Red Bull take the opportunity to do a start rehearsal when there are only 10 minutes left of the session
14:00 | RED FLAG ON THE TRACK. Vettel’s car stops and it stays in the step, so the session is paused so that it can be removed. Seb gets out and calls for the fire extinguisher himself to get to work.
15:00 | Carlos Sainz continues in a great rhythm and is already down from 1:20, marking a time of 1:19.806, the best of this first free practice session in Australia.
18:00 | Charles Leclerc rehearses the start at the pit exit but fails to brake well at turn 1 and ends up going off the track, although without generating major inconvenience.
20:00 | The fight between Red Bull and Ferrari does not stop. Verstappen sets a new fast lap but Leclerc lowers him and Sainz immediately arrives and sets the best time with 1:20.325.
22:30 | Valtteri Bottas had set the third fastest time but his former teammate Lewis Hamilton arrived and dropped him one position. There is history between the two.
25:00 | Charles Leclerc already takes the lead, setting a time of 1:20.825 and the fight between him and the champion Max Verstappen continues, where neither gives ground.
29:25 | Sebastian Vettel shows that he is happy to return and already sets the third fastest time, behind only Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, ahead of Hamilton and Prez, who just placed fourth.
31:25 | Checo is already on the track again and lowers his time, ranked eighth so far to 1.493 off Max Verstappen’s best time.
35:00 | The runway has already been cleared and there is a green flag so that the cars turn again without problems. Verstappen and Prez remain in the pits in this relaunch.
39:09 | RED FLAG ON THE CIRCUIT. Checo Pérez loses an element of the car that remains on the track and for this reason the race direction sends a red flag to clean up the debris.
40:00 | Sensors have already been removed. Czech and begins to roll freely on the track, while Verstappen improves the time again and now it leaves it at 1:20.909.
44:00 | Verstappen is not satisfied and lowers his brand, which is now in 1:21.140, although it should be noted that it is the only one with red tires on the track
46:00 | again Lando Norris sits in second place on yellow tires, 0.186 behind of Max Verstappen’s fastest time a few laps ago.
48:00 |Leclerc is already placed with the second fastest time, just 0.304 behind Verstappen and from now on that fight begins to see who is the fastest here.
50:00 | Max Verstappen already sets the fastest lap and puts a 1:21.6, second and a half faster than Lando Norris, the second best so far in this start.
The first controversy of the session arrived and Lance Stroll complains that Lewis Hamilton didn’t let him pass when he came faster and F1 announces an investigation into said action.
Red Bull asks Checo Pérez to avoid touching the curbs at the edge of the track and that is because he brings some sensors to measure the aerodynamics in this first practice session.
All ready. The green lights come on and the single-seaters begin to leave their boxes to start rolling. Checo is the first to take the Albert Park circuit.
Albert Park returns with changes
One of the issues that makes these first practice sessions more attractive is that the Albert Park circuit has been modified, so the pilots will ride it for the first time in a few more minutes.
Czech happy to return to Australia
Upon his arrival in Australia, the Mexican Red Bull driver did not hide his excitement at returning and declared: “It’s great to be back in Melbourne after a two-year absence, it’s always a fun place to race. The fans are always great and I’m sure they are very excited to have Formula 1 in Australia again.”
Read the full Czech words HERE.
Half an hour to the green lights
The movement in the pit lane intensifies and we are only 30 minutes away from the green lights and the pilots can start with this first free practice session.
Ricciardo, the local hero
Although he is not going through his best moment with McLaren, nothing erases the smile from the face of Daniel Ricciardo, who is reunited with his fans at the home grand prix.
This is how Checo Prez arrives at the circuit
Red Bull Racing shares through its official Twitter account the arrival of Sergio Prez at Albert Park, where time was given to take photos with the fans who missed the highest category.
Who is the favorite in free practice?
There’s no doubt Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Ferrari appear as the big favorites to dominate these first practice sessions and that is how the previous races did it in Sakhir and Jeddah.
the mexican pilot Sergio ‘Checo’ Prez and the Spaniard Fernando Alonso drove a V8-powered Supercar for the first time at Albert Park as part of the activities prior to the Australian Grand Prix, the third date of the 2022 F1 World Cup.
See the video of the experience HERE.
Czech Prez and his best place in Australia
The Albert Park Circuit Neither has it been good for Pérez in his career, where his best position has been seventh place, something that he wants to improve this weekend by taking advantage of the new track in Melbourne.
- 2019 | Place 13 | Racing Point
- 2018 | Place 11 | Force India
- 2017 | place 7 | Force India
- 2016 | Place 13 | Force India
- 2015 | Place 10 | Force India
- 2014 | Place 10 | Force India
- 2013 | Place 11 | McLaren
- 2012 | place 8 | Sauber
- 2011 | Disqualified | Sauber
Australia does not suit Red Bull
The squire of Max Verstappen and Checo Prez seeks to break with the history she has had in Australia, where They only add one victory in their history, which occurred with Sebastian Vettel in the already distant 2011.
Welcome to free practice for the Australian Grand Prix
Hello, very good evening and welcome. Today starts the third Grand Prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season and takes place in Australia, where it has not been run since 2019.
Sergio ‘Checo’ Prez and Red Bull seek to give a blow of authority after the great start that Ferrari has had in this campaign, placing Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the first two places in the championship.
The actions will begin at 10:00 p.m. in Mexico City from the modified Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.