This morning marked Robert Kubica’s first outing of the year in the Alfa Romeo – in for Kimi Raikkonen – however, his stint was cut short after heading into the gravel at turn 10, summoning a red flag.
Williams, meanwhile, had Roy Nissany in their car for FP1 with George Russell sitting this one out.
Kicking off the weekend, Bottas topped the timesheets in his W12, while on the other end of the charts, Haas continued to clock the slowest laps in the VF-21 – finishing in P18 and P20.
Encouraging pace was seen from the Aston Martin team with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll finishing in P8 and P10 respectively.
Plenty of cars were straight out of the pits this morning for the hour-long session.
After just three minutes had passed, Mazepin went off at the exit of turn 2 and into the gravel, a regular occurrence for the Russian driver – however, he managed to reverse out and rejoin after the half spin.
An off for Nikita Mazepin as he ventures into the gravel at Turn 2 ❌