Ferrari Driver Charles Leclerc. Photo from https://formula1.com

Good morning once again Canada! We are back with your latest F1 Racing update.  FP1 (Practice 1) just ended at the 2022 Lenovo Grand Prix de France. 

Practice 1 Brief

Here we go, green light!… and off they go on the track.

Tyre degradation will be a factor this weekend, so drivers will be looking to assess the soft and medium tyres and how they respond onto the track this afternoon in the South of France.

The first important news coming from the track will be that FIA “International Governing Body” for Formula 1 has said that Sainz has taken on new components this weekend for his racing car, a new “control electronic unit. This simply means that Sainz will take a grid drop come Sunday.

There is a limit to the number of new components a team can take within the championship year under FIA regulation set before the start of each season. 

Thirty minutes into this session, and we have Verstappen with the fastest time so far, 1:34.021 followed by his teammate Pere and then Sainz.

Times are starting to drop as the tire compounds heat up and become slick.

Less than 10 minutes left in the session; Leclerc, Verstappen, and Sainz are trading the top fastest laps on the track.

No incidents to report and limited driving over the apex curbs around the chicanes, which could damage underneath the belly of the car, so will watch out for that in the next session.

We have the final laps for this session, and  8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, chequered Flag. 

Leclerc for Ferrari finishes with the top lap time of 1:33.93, followed by Verstappen for Red Bull Racing +.091 secs and in 3rd is Sainz, +0.338.

Note: All top three finished on soft tyres!


“I hope we can continue where we left off in Austria, it will be difficult. But our upgrades will be coming next weekend in Hungary,  I’m still pretty confident in the car as it is now.” said Guenther Steiner, Haas Team Principal


It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend. The track temperatures could reach 133 degrees come Race Day Sunday. 

Special Notes: Three teams are mentioning upgrades for racing cars this weekend, Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren are looking for extra performance and speed.

Lewis Hamilton is set to begin his 300th F1 career race on Sunday! Astonishing! well done so far Hamilton.

Stay viewed for FP2 in less than 2 hours, until then!

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