Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W10. Source: Mercedes
The Mercedes duo showed strong pace on the Paul Ricard circuit straightaway, leading both free practice sessions on Friday.

In the morning Lewis Hamilton was the fastest, while in the second session Valtteri Bottas took command, but the constant was the impressive speed of the Silver Arrow cars. At the end of the day the closest competitor was Ferrari’s Leclerc, six tenths slower than Bottas.

Ferrari tries to recover from the setback suffered in Canada, losing their first victory this season after the penalty given to Sebastian Vettel, and brings updates to the French race. But the results of the first training sessions were not encouraging and the team will have work to do to get closer to the championship leaders.

Mclaren was the big surprise of the day, placing themselves between the cars of the big teams with Lando Norris in 5th, in front of the two Red Bulls, and Carlos Sainz in 7th, inbetween the Austrian team’s drivers.

The wide and abundant escape areas of the Paul Ricard circuit guarantee survivors of the riders, pardoning the mistakes of Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Hamilton, to name a few, and limit the emotions during free practice.

French Grand Prix Friday’s Free Pratice Timesheet 

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 34 1’30.937
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 25 1’31.361 0.424
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 31 1’31.586 0.649
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 32 1’31.665 0.728
5 Lando Norris McLaren 31 1’31.882 0.945
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 29 1’32.049 1.112
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 27 1’32.432 1.495
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 29 1’32.448 1.511
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 34 1’32.677 1.740
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 30 1’32.789 1.852
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 34 1’32.973 2.036
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 34 1’33.020 2.083
13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 35 1’33.023 2.086
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 32 1’33.081 2.144
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 37 1’33.254 2.317
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 30 1’33.300 2.363
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 27 1’33.591 2.654
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 32 1’33.884 2.947
19 George Russell Williams 33 1’34.614 3.677
20 Robert Kubica Williams 32 1’35.195 4.258

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