Great Britain – EL1: Norris in the lead at home, the youngsters are making their mark

Lando Norris set the best time in this first free practice session for the British Grand Prix where 4 young drivers made their appearance.

Published on 05/07/2024 à 14:33

Gonzalo Forbes

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Great Britain – EL1: Norris in the lead at home, the youngsters are making their mark

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  • First successful weekend outing for Lando Norris. In front of his family, the pilot McLaren showed himself at ease, a few days after his Austrian misadventures. In a session during which he gradually increased the pace starting with the hard tires before putting on the mediums then the softs, the Englishman took the lead thanks to a lap in 1'27"420 completed in the last third party.
  • Behind him, he led a fairly tight peloton since the first 10 held each other in just over half a second, Esteban Ocon and his Alpine bringing up the rear of the Top 10.
  • At the heart of discussions in the paddock at Silverstone after his incident with Lando Norris in Austria last weekend, Max Verstappen ranked 4e on medium tires at 0“309 from his friend. Before him, the Batavian saw Oscar piastri slip into third position, confirming the good performance of the McLaren on the Silverstone tarmac.
  • The Australian, however, was unable to complete these FP1s. Slowly on the track, he slowly returned to the pit lane in the last 5 minutes. On the radio, he informed his engineer of a hydraulic problem.

  • On the youth side, it was Ollie Bearman who did the best. The Englishman, confirmed this Thursday at Haas from 2025, completed these first tests in 14th place, 1 from Lando Norris, and less than half a second from his teammate for this hour of running Nico Hulkenberg. Substitute for Pierre Gasly, Jack Doohan beat another beginner, Franco Colapinto at Williams. The former F2 resident occupied 17th place while the Argentinian, currently 5th in the Formula 2, finished 18th after a final stint on soft tires.
  • Finally, Isack Hadjar, who was placed on the Red Bull of Sergio Pérez, had a relatively quiet session, following the running plan indicated by his engineer. The Ile-de-France resident was able to complete a few laps but without being able to go beyond 19th position, only ahead of Yuki tsunoda, whose tests lasted less than 10 minutes. The Japanese went wide at Turn 7 and got stuck in the gravel causing a red flag. Approaching the checkerboard, Isack Hadjar got a scare when he didn't see Lando Norris arriving behind him. Luckily, the Englishman managed to avoid it but his set of tires suffered enormously.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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