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Carlos Sainz leads Ferrari 1-2 finish in first practice for the Australian Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz leads Ferrari 1-2 finish in first practice for the Australian Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo comes eighth – simply behind Lewis Hamilton – with the Red Bulls third and fourth

  • Spaniard topped the time sheets with a lap of 1:19.806 to outdo teammate  
  • Daniel Ricciardo was eighth quickest however was outpaced by Lando Norris 
  • Mercedes’ Hamilton and Russell completed seventh and twelfth respectively 

Ferrari have continued their robust begin to the 2022 F1 season with Carlos Sainz main Charles Leclerc dwelling for a one-two finish in first practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Sainz clocked 1:19.806 on his greatest lap, simply over half a second forward of Leclerc’s 1:20.377, with the Spaniard getting by means of 24 laps in comparison with his teammate’s 21.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was third with a 1:20.399, simply forward of reigning world champion Max Verstappen with a greatest effort of 1:20.626.

However, the Ferrari drivers set their occasions on the onerous tyre whereas Perez and Verstappen had been on a softer compound, indicating the Italian group may have the edge on early tempo.

Lewis Hamilton was 1.221 seconds adrift of Sainz as he completed seventh, additionally utilizing the onerous compound to eke out his greatest lap.

He was simply forward of Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had his greatest practice of the year to date in the struggling McLaren as he laid down a time of 1:21.55 on the mushy tyre.

Leclerc took his automotive for a quick journey by means of the gravel on his final flying lap, ruining his try to higher his teammate.

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell may solely handle twelfth with a mark of 1:21.457, whereas his fellow Briton Lando Norris was the higher of the two McLaren pilots with a 1:20.878.

It’s been an especially attempting begin to the season for Ricciardo and the McLaren group, with the Australian failing to register a single level after lacking the opening Bahrain GP by means of sickness and failing to finish in Saudi Arabia. 

Ricciardo stated he hoped to profit from his elevated maturity and inside data of redevelopment of the Albert Park observe when the lights exit on Sunday afternoon, Australian time.

The 32-year-old was concerned in planning, which resulted in the circuit present process a metamorphosis throughout the two-year absence of the race in Melbourne due to COVID-19.

The complete circuit has been resurfaced and 7 corners altered – together with two eliminated altogether – in a bid to supply extra overtaking probabilities.

‘I’m going to assert all of it if the race is depraved and superior,’ he stated.

‘Back in 2019 just a few of us drivers bought concerned in discussions about how we will make Albert Park a little bit extra race-friendly for Sunday and open up some apexes.

‘It has all the time been a enjoyable observe so from a driver’s perspective it was pleasurable – however not a observe which supplied the most quantity of overtaking.

‘And we’re attempting to actually encourage that and nonetheless maintain a few of the character of the circuit.

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