Hamilton fastest in FP1 at Paul Ricard

Hamilton fastest in FP1 at Paul Ricard

French Grand prix, Paul Ricard
photo: Pirelli

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first free practice at the Paul Ricard circuit before the French Grand prix of the 2018 Formula 1 championship. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was second while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third. The Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth.

Mercedes and Red Bull changed on the first position during the session. All teams tried the three tyre compounds Pirelli gave them for the weekend – soft, super soft and ultra soft. The best times in the session were with the softest compound.

Lewis HamiltonHamilton fastest in FP1 at Paul Ricard

During FP1 there were numerous accidents at turn six due to the changing direction of the wind. Many drivers went off the circuit but the vast security areas saved most of them.

The session had a dramatic end because of an incident with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson. The Swede crashed into the barriers. His car took fire. The driver was still in the cockpit when the marshals started putting off the flames. The team instructed Ericsson to get out of the car quickly and he was taken to the medical centre.