Australian Grand Prix: The first part of the free races

Australian Grand Prix: The first part of the free races

March 15, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

In Melbourne, the first training session of the Formula 1 season of 2019 was completed. The best time showed the pilot of the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, the second and third time left for the riders Ferrari Sebastian Vettel and Charles Lecler. However, questions about the balance of power among the leaders still remain.

The session took place in good weather, and as soon as the green light came on, the pilots went to the track – Kimi Raikkonen did it first. At first, the riders passed only installation circles, no one was in a hurry to pass fast circles. The first official time was established by Valtteri Bottas, he also headed the protocol for a long time, gradually improving his results.

However, in the last half hour of the session, the leaders began to add, and one by one they were ahead of Valtteri. The first did Hamilton, then a very close time showed racers. Max Verstappen lost a bit to Red Bull Racing. The only pilot of the three best teams who did not participate in the struggle for high places was Pierre Gasley.

Excellent showed himself Daniel Quat, who returned to Toro Rosso – for most of the session, he remained “the best of the rest.” Ultimately, this status went to Kimi Raikkonen, now speaking for Alfa Romeo, but Daniel lost to him only a couple of hundredths. But his partner, Alexander Elbon, caused the appearance of red flags, crashing into the bump stop. However, Alexander managed to return to the boxes under its own power.

Renault had technical problems with Nico Hulkenberg’s car, the team had been dealing with electronics for a long time. In the end, Nico still managed to go on the road and show a good time. The two worst results were predictably left for the Williams pilots, who also did not avoid technical problems – at some point the team mechanics had to roll back the cars of George Russell, which had stopped at the pit lane, into the pits.

Australian Grand Prix: First Friday Training Results
No. Pilot Team Time Difference Circles
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 23.599 – 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 23.637 +0 “038 18
3 Charles Leclaire Ferrari 1: 23.673 + 0 “074 18
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1: 23.792 +0 “193 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 23.866 + 0 “267 30
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1: 24.816 +1 “217 18
7 Daniel Kvyat Toro Rosso 1: 24.832 +1 “233 30
8 Pierre Gasli Red Bull 1: 24.932 +1 “333 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1: 24.934 +1 “335 24
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1: 25.015 +1 “416 11
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 25.166 +1 “567 23
12 Roman Grosjean Haas 1: 25.224 +1 “625 18
13 Alexander Elbon Toro Rosso 1: 25.230 +1 “631 21
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1: 25.285 +1 “686 19
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1: 25.288 +1 “689 26
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1: 25.498 +1 “899 21
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1: 25.634 +2 “035 16
18 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 25.966 +2 “267 31
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1: 27.914 +4 “315 25
20 George Russell Williams 1: 28.740 +5 “141 25