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Mercedes surprises with fastest time in first practice session in Zandvoort after Verstappen retired

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After Max Verstappen already had half a home race at Spa-Francorchamps, his real home race on the Zandvoort circuit follows barely a week later. There is then one certainty: more than a hundred thousand who, of course, loudly cheer on their local hero in Orange.

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Barely fifteen minutes into the session, however, things went wrong for Max Verstappen, who came to a halt with his Red Bull F1 car due to technical problems. A damper on the festivities, but luckily for the Dutchman it didn’t happen during the race.

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When the session was restarted after a brief red flag, the drivers quickly returned to the track, clearly pushing the limits of the track.

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Sergio Perez almost went a little too far in the second Red Bull F1 car. Verstappen’s Mexican teammate almost ended up against the wall.

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After a very difficult race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, the Mercedes F1 car seems to be feeling better in the dunes of Zandvoort. With a handful of minutes left on the clock, we found both Mercedes drivers at the very top.

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In the end it was also Mercedes that was at the very top with both cars at the end of the session. George Russell set the fastest time, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz. At Red Bull they have work to do after Max Verstappen has stopped.

1 George Russell Mercedes 1:12.455s 29

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.695s + 0.240s 28

3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:12.845s + 0.390s 30

4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:12.929s + 0.474s 32

5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:13.077s + 0.622s 31

6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:13.127s + 0.672s 30

7 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:13.416s + 0.961s 30

8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:13.633s + 1.178s 31

9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:13.963s + 1.508s 33

10 Alexander Albon Williams 1:14.063s + 1.608s 29

11 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:14.163s + 1.708s 29

12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:14.257s + 1.802s 30

13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.405s + 1.950s 31

14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:14.474s + 2.019s 28

15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:14.500s + 2.045s 28

16 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:14.534s + 2.079s 18

17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:14.630s +2.175s 31

18 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:14.695s + 2.240s 22

19 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.714s + 2.259s 7

20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:15.122s + 2.667s 33

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