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Formula 1: Charles Leclerc Tops Dutch GP Practice As Lewis Hamilton Breaks Down


Charles Leclerc clocked the quickest time of 1:10.902 in Dutch GP apply on Friday.© AFP

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was quickest in apply for the Dutch Grand Prix on Friday as championship chief Lewis Hamilton endured a irritating afternoon.  The seven-time world champion produced the quickest lap in a truncated morning session however lasted simply three laps within the afternoon earlier than his Mercedes floor to a halt with an engine drawback on the Zandvoort circuit. “Lewis reported a loss of power and was told to stop the car,” Mercedes tweeted. Hamilton’s halt and subsequent return to the pits was greeted with cheers by the Dutch crowd, rooting for homeboy Max Verstappen who was fifth quickest.

After his half-points victory within the rain-reduced Belgian GP final weekend, the Red Bull driver is simply three factors behind Hamilton within the championship standings.

Leclerc clocked the quickest time of 1:10.902, which was 0.154 faster than Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in second.

Alpine additionally had a great day as Esteban Ocon produced the third greatest time and Fernando Alonso the sixth.

Sandwiched between them had been the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen’s Red Bull with Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), Lando Norris (McLaren), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin). Hamilton was eleventh.

The afternoon supplied some consolation for Vettel whose automobile got here to a cease on the exit of the pit lane within the morning session, leaving a path of oil behind it.

Vettel took a hearth extinguisher from a marshall to place out a small hearth however the automobile couldn’t be touched because it was nonetheless electrically alive.

There was a prolonged delay earlier than the automobile was lined in rubber sheets after which eliminated by the Aston Martin crew.

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That meant the hour-long session misplaced nearly 40 minutes which restricted the alternatives to stretch the automobiles absolutely on a difficult monitor that returns to the Grand Prix calendar for the primary time since 1985.

The drivers face a closing apply on Saturday morning adopted by qualifying within the afternoon.

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