Russell heads Mercedes 1-2 as Verstappen suffers issue in Dutch GP first practice| Formula 1®

George Russell drove a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton in opening practice at the Dutch Grand Prix, with home hero Max Verstappen suspended for a suspected gearbox problem.

Mercedes’ speed was a statement of intent, as Russell finished the 0.240s from Hamilton in 1m12.455s on the 4km Zandvoort, while Ferrari’s Carlos Se Enns trailed third by a tenth of a second.

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Champion Verstappen, who won last year’s home title, set the fastest lap on the hard tyres, but then slowed sharply and eventually stopped the car.

With 45 minutes left in the race, the race was red-flagged as his injured car was removed from the track and Verstappen waved to the crowd on his way back to the pits and was no longer involved.

His Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez endured a challenging race, including running wide at Turn 9 and narrowly avoiding the wall before rejoining. He was the seventh fastest overall.

1


George
Russell
Russia
Mercedes

1:12.455

2


Lewis
Hamilton
Ham
Mercedes

+0.240 seconds

3


Carlos
Sainz
Sai
Ferrari

+0.390 seconds

4


Lando
Norris
nor
McLaren

+0.474 seconds

5


Daniel
Ricardo
RIC
McLaren

+0.622 seconds

McLaren was strong, with Lando Norris fourth fastest, and within half a second of the fastest time, his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was about 0.1 seconds behind in fifth.

Charles Leclerc is a quarter of a second behind Ferrari teammate Sainz in sixth, with Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon (Esteban Ocon) was eighth and ninth, albeit more than a second behind.

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Alex Albon completed the top 10 for Williams, with his teammate Nicolas Latifi a full second behind as the Canadian braced for the timetable.

Mick Schumacher was 11th at Haas, ahead of Lance Stroll’s leading Aston Martin and Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly 14th.

Sebastian Vettel ran some big aero rakes for much of the early race and ended up in 15th with Zhou Guanyu 16th and Kakuda Yuki 17th.

Valtteri Bottas was 18th, while Verstappen – only on hard tyres due to a stoppage – was 19th.

The second practice started at 1600 local time.

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