F1: Verstappen tops Practice 1 for Australian GP

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Despite complaining of transmission shifting issues, defending F1 World Driving Champion Max Verstappen turned the fastest lap of 1m18.790s to top opening practice for the Australian GP at Albert Park.

It was not a clean session for the Dutchman, however, as Verstappen went off-line and suffered a spin with 7 minutes to go in the session, smacking the bottom of the car over the curbs.

After spinning, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit on March 31, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd fastest for Mercedes, 0.433s behind the Red Bull.

Sergio Perez was 3rd quick with a lap of 1m19.293s, 0.503s behind his Red Bull Honda teammate.

Fernando Alonso was 4th quick for Aston Martin, 0.527s behind Verstappen.

The two Ferraris rounded out the top-6 with Charles Leclerc in 5th and Carlos Sainz Jr. in 6th.

The session ended under red when Logan Sargeant’s William’s completely lost power, and he stopped at Turn 11 on course.

Practice 2 is up at 1:00am ET.

Practice 1 Results

1 1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT 1m18.790s +0.000s 17
2 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1m19.223s +0.433s 20
3 11 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT 1m19.293s +0.503s 19
4 14 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1m19.317s +0.527s 23
5 16 Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 1m19.378s +0.588s 16
6 55 Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 1m19.505s +0.715s 20
7 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren Mercedes 1m19.536s +0.746s 16
8 10 Pierre Gasly FRA Alpine Renault 1m19.646s +0.856s 22
9 63 George Russell GBR Mercedes 1m19.699s +0.909s 23
10 18 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1m19.766s +0.976s 19
11 23 Alexander Albon THA Williams Mercedes 1m19.766s +0.976s 21
12 81 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren Mercedes 1m19.777s +0.987s 22
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg GER Haas Ferrari 1m19.806s +1.016s 19
14 21 Nyck De Vries NED AlphaTauri Honda RBPT 1m19.933s +1.143s 25
15 2 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Mercedes 1m20.074s +1.284s 21
16 31 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine Renault 1m20.175s +1.385s 20
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda FIN AlphaTauri Honda RBPT 1m20.399s +1.609s 14
18 77 Valtteri Bottas JPN Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1m20.419s +1.629s 21
19 24 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1m20.569s +1.779s 22
20 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas Ferrari 1m21.147s +2.357s 17


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