2022 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice-1 Results: Pierre Gasly fastest and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz seal the top 3

Esteban Ocon bought the first Red Flag of the season, while fellow Frenchman topped the time sheet with Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz coming P2 and P3.

AlphaTauri Formula One Driver Pierre Gasly set the fastest time of the First Free Practice session of the season in Bahrain. The Frenchman set a time of 1:34:193 in the last 15 minutes of the day. But there was a suspicion that the car was running low on fuel with the engine more turned up.

But the real favourites of the season, Ferrari sealed the podium after the duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz seal the top three. Leclerc was P2 with a time of 1:34:557 and suffered a spin right after while teammate Sainz came P3.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was the first car to hit the Race Track. The Monagesque was on the Pirelli Hard Tyres and his Ferrari F1-75 was sporting Aerodynamic Testing. Aston Martin’s Nico Hulkenberg was the next car. The German is stepping in for 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel who tested positive for Covid-19 following the Pre-season testing.

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Esteban Ocon’s A522

Despite Pierre Gasly’s lead on the timesheet, it was the 2021 World Champion Max Verstappen who finished P5 who was the previous quickest with a 1:34:783. George Russell set the fastest time of 1:34:629 on a set of softs, 0.113s ahead of the then leader Verstappen. This came after Russell lost a piece of bodywork due to the uncontrollable bouncing of the car.

7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton only finished P7 after struggling with porpoising. Former teammate Valtteri Bottas did not set a lap time and only covered 2 laps. Rookie Guanyu Zhou took could cover 4 laps before limping back with more reliability concerns for Alfa Romeo.

Alpine Formula One Driver Esteban Ocon bought the first red flag of the season. The Frenchman suffered an issue was the bodywork of his Alpine A522’s rear. The incident occurred within 10 minutes of the first Practice session of the Free Practice Session in Bahrain.

PositionName of the DriverTeamFastest LapTyres Used
1Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:34:193Soft
2Charles LeclercFerrari1:34.557Medium
3Carlos SainzFerrari1:34.611Medium
4George RussellMercedes1:34.629Soft
5Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34.742Medium
6Lance StrollAston Martin1:34.814Soft
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34.943Soft
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:35.00Soft
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:35.028Soft
10Sergio PerezRed Bull1:35.050Medium
11Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:35.053Medium
12Esteban OconAlpine1:35.151Soft
13Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:35.644Soft
14Nico Hulkenberg Aston Martin1:35.815Soft
15Alex AlbonWilliams1:35.923Soft
16Lando NorrisMcLaren1:36.304Medium
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:36.402Medium
18Mick SchumacherHaas1:36.536Medium
19Kevin MagnussenHaas1:36.804Medium
20Valtteri Bottas Alfa RomeoSoft

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