Dutch Grand Prix: George Russell tops first practice after Max Verstappen breakdown

Max Verstappen suffered a car failure early in Dutch Grand Prix first practice and managed only seven laps as Mercedes set the pace with a one-two. Verstappen, the runaway championship leader after a series of Ferrari foul-ups, stopped on track with what Red Bull said was a transmission problem. He was fastest at the time but slipped down to 19th out of 20 runners. Mercedes set their times on the fastest soft tyre much later in the session than most others, so their times are not necessarily comparable. Ferrari’s Sainz was 0.390secs off the pace, with McLaren’s Lando Norris less than 0.1secs further back in fourth.

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