French Grand Prix: Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber catches FIRE in high-speed crash as Lewis Hamilton goes fastest in first practice session

MARCUS ERICSSON'S Sauber went up in flames after a crash at the first French Grand Prix practice session.

The Swedish star escaped without any serious injuries as Lewis Hamilton made a perfect start to the weekend.

 Marcus Ericsson crashed with three minutes of the practice session left

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Marcus Ericsson crashed with three minutes of the practice session left

With just three minutes left, Ericsson lost control of the Sauber at the Beausset corner.

The car then collided into a barrier of tyres and the rear-end caught fire.

Marshalls raced over with fire extinguishers and the 27-year-old managed to get himself out of the car.

Ericsson is now expected to miss the second practice session, which will take place at 3pm.

 The car went up in flames at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet

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The car went up in flames at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
 Marshalls put out the fire after the Sauber caught fire

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Marshalls put out the fire after the Sauber caught fire

Hamilton still managed to steal the show as the drivers geared up for the first French Grand Prix since 2008.

The 33-year-old was a tenth of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with 1:32.231.

Daniel Ricciardo registered third for Red Bull, followed by Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Brendon Hartley, Kimi Raikkonen and Stoffel Vandoorne all had early spins at Turn six at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.

 Lewis Hamilton made a perfect a start to the wekeend as he led a Mercedes one-two

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Lewis Hamilton made a perfect a start to the wekeend as he led a Mercedes one-two

 

Hamilton has admitted that his Formula One title defence could be derailed by England's World Cup match against Panama.

The Brit said that he will struggle to focus on the race because he and his mechanics will be watching the match.

 Hamilton om action during the practice session athjt e Circuit Paul Ricard

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Hamilton om action during the practice session athjt e Circuit Paul Ricard

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MARCUS ERICSSON'S Sauber went up in flames after a crash at the first French Grand Prix practice session.