An update from free practice at the French Grand Prix as the Bulls get up and running at Circuit Paul Ricard.
It’s been a long time since F1 raced at Ricard – 28 years to be precise. The French Grand Prix has always led a peripatetic existence but it came to Ricard more than anywhere else in the 1970s and 80s – so the memories tend to be about ground effect, barely-controllable turbo cars, flares and lots of hair.
Until the testing ban it was a popular venue for F1 testing, losing out to Barcelona. We’ve been here on Pirelli’s behalf, as have most of the top teams. Meanwhile, most of the drivers in the field this weekend will have raced at Ricard at some point in their career in various junior series.
In Free Practice One the Bulls got off to a solid weekend, with room for improvement. Daniel took P3 with a 1:32.527 from his 25 laps for the session while Max took P7 with a 1:33.331 from his 15 laps. The timesheets were topped by Lewis Hamilton who set a 1:32.231.
In Free Practice Two, Daniel continued with a consistent afternoon taking P2 with a 1:33.243 from his 31 laps. Max improved on his morning session's time and ran 25 laps, with the Dutchman coming home in P3 with a 1:33.271. Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets once again with a 1:32.539.
In Free Practice Three, running was limited as rain started to fall soon after the session commenced. Daniel and Max made it our for three laps each before returning to the garage as the rain became heavier.