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2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP FP1: What have we learned?

The Azerbaijan GP has officially started with the first free practice. In what was an interesting sight, watching the new generation of cars making their way through the twisty parts of the mid-sector and blasting down the long straight, we let Red Bull take the lead.

Sergio Perez finished the Azerbaijani GP FP1 at the top of the timesheets with a lap time about a tenth faster than Charles Leclerc in second. Max Verstappen was 3rd with a lap time about three tenths of a second slower than his teammate, while Carlos Sainz was half a second slower in 4th place.

In its first attempt, the track presented many challenges for the new cars, with many drivers complaining about the porpoise effect. After the 1st hour of running, however, it was Red Bull that put down the gauntlet.

What have we learned from the first free practice of the Azerbaijan GP? Let’s find out!


#1 The porpoise effect is back!

The long straights and bumpy track seem to have grabbed almost every team on the grid (except Red Bull). The porpoise effect seems to be back and it seems to be aggravated with the long straight.

Almost every car seems to suffer from excessive porpoises, the most notable being the frontrunners Ferrari and Mercedes. Drivers such as Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and George Russell expressed their frustrations on team radio as the cars suffered from excessive harbor porpoise on the straight and caused discomfort to the drivers.


#2 Red Bull’s ability to master the bounce could make all the difference this weekend

As mentioned, every team other than Red Bull seems to be suffering from the porpoises. As a result, the performance gap is also clearly visible on the time sheets. Sergio Perez topped the timesheets in FP1 and the significance of that lap was that both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were simultaneously about three tenths of a second slower than Perez.

Red Bull’s ability to keep an eye on the bounce could play an important role, as the car looks much better on the track than any other car.


#3 Mercedes is in familiar territory

Mercedes appears to be back to its usual position as the third fastest car on the grid. What was a bit disappointing, however, was the gap that the German manufacturer had forward. Both Mercedes drivers were about a second per lap slower than Sergio Perez and the gap here seems much larger in contrast to the form shown in Barcelona.

Mercedes, in fact, remains third fastest until qualifying. However, it will be very interesting to see what lap times Lewis Hamilton and George Russell can do on the long runs compared to Red Bull and Ferrari.


#4 Mick Schumacher has a disastrous start to Azerbaijan GP weekend

📻 “Mick, we have to stop the car” With fluid leaking from Schumacher’s Haas, he must stop early in FP1 ❌#AzerbaijanGP # F1 https://t.co/bQL54rDupJ

It doesn’t seem to rain, but it is raining for Mick Schumacher. The young German had a disastrous start to the Azerbaijan GP weekend. He had a reliability issue at the start of FP1 that caused him to lose the entire session.

In what appeared to be a water trough leak, the Haas driver had to park his car early and stand in frustration when he saw the Marshalls pull the car off ahead of the Azerbaijan GP. In a weekend where he has to perform, this was arguably the worst possible start for the German.


#5 The picture in the midfield is still not clear

After Mercedes in third place, the picture just isn’t clear for the Azerbaijan GP when it comes to pecking order. McLaren hasn’t shown its hand, AlphaTauri seems to be handling the bumps well, Alpine has brought in a car that has a Monza-style low downforce rear wing, while Alfa Romeo still holds the cards close to the chest.

While first impressions show McLaren may be struggling with a straight-line speed deficit, it’s still too early. However, it remains to be seen what kind of impact these different setup philosophies have on car performance and the race in general.


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