The session was launched under a completely blue sky in Baku. Pilots quickly made a tour for installation and returned to their box to make adjustments.
Ferrari drivers were the first to reach time, with Charles Leclerc signed 1'47 "497, which remains a benchmark that can be easily reached, two seconds before his team mate.
It did not last long before Williams broke up on George Russell in a straight line, more precisely at the bottom. Quickly, it was clear that it was a problem related to the pavements, and the mine was erected with the crossing of a seat in front of the British.
The latter stood only after the end of 3, his car was seriously hit. The red flag was immediately deployed, FIA officials came to see the problem, including race director Michael Massey.
The transfer of wounded Williams into the garage, the slowdown truck hit the catwalk outside the runway just before the pit, losing an insignificant amount of oil from the articulated arm that spilled over FW42!
Soon after, the race's management confirmed that this first session of free practice would not be restarted, so that it could make the necessary checks to allow pilots to clear the EL2 trail safely at 15 o'clock.
|01||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF90||1: 47,497||5|
|02||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF90||1: 49.598||4|
|03||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari WF-19||-: -.—||1|
|04||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault MCL34||-: -.—||1|
|05||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB15||-: -.—||1|
|06||Kevin Magnusen||Haas Ferrari WF-19||-: -.—||1|
|07||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault MCL34||-: -.—||1|
|08||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||-: -.—||2|
|09||Daniel Quiet||Toro Roso Honda STR14||-: -.—||1|
|10||Robert Kubica||Williams Mercedes FW42||-: -.—||1|
|11||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW42||-: -.—||3|
|12||Alex Albon||Toro Roso Honda STR14||-: -.—||1|
|13||Daniel Ricardo||Renault RS19||-: -.—||1|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault RS19||-: -.—||1|
|15||Pierre Gasi||Red Bull Honda RB15||-: -.—||1|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||-: -.—||1|
|17||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||-: -.—||1|
|18||Lance walk around||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||-: -.—||1|
|19||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W10||-: -.—||0|
|20||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W10||-: -.—||0|