Max Verstappen Dominates in Free Practice 1 at Suzuka – Japanese GP Report

2023-09-22 03:50:00

Max Verstappen sets the pace at Suzuka – Free Practice Report 1 – Japanese GP

Sep 22 /2023 03:50 GMT

Suzuka, Japan

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The Dutch driver Max Verstappen recorded the best time in the first free testing session of the Japanese GP and he did so in a convincing manner at Honda’s home.

Before entering into the results of the session, it should be mentioned that this Friday Pirelli will be on track to test a new tire compound. This is the C2 of 2024, which seeks to be homologated and whose main characteristic is to provide greater grip. The 20 drivers have two games for this day.

After the uncomfortable weekend in which he finished in fifth position, Max Verstappen He arrived with all the desire to destroy and he achieved it. With a difference of 0.626s over the previous winner in Marina Bay, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Ferrarimade it clear who is in charge in Japanese territory.

After them it ended Lando Norris also demonstrating that McLaren It has a fast car to start with.

Charles Leclerc He again started behind his teammate Carlos Sainz and finished fourth. Behind him the group was very compact with the local driver Yuki Tsunodathe Spanish Fernando Alonso and the Australian Oscar Piastriwho just has just renewed his contract with McLaren.

The eighth half was for Alex Albon of Williamsfollowed by the rookie Liam Lawsonwho knows this layout very well from competing in the Japanese Super Formula and tenth Lance Strollreturning to the track after not competing in Singapore after the strong collision in qualifying.

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The Mexican Sergio Perez He was eleventh and had a difference of 1.396s with his teammate, Max Verstappen, leader of this session. The Frenchman escorted him Pierre Gasly and the british George Russell. His teammate in Mercedes and compatriot, Lewis Hamiltonwas sixteenth.

The last two positions were in the hands Logan Sargeant y Guanyu Zhou.

At the end of the session it started to rain, so we have to wait to see what the weather will be like for the next session, which will take place in a few minutes.

At 3:00 p.m. in Suzuka, the second free practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix will begin with LIVE broadcast of F1LATAM.COM. Here the schedules in all countries.

These were the times:

Japanese GP – Free Tests 1

Pilot Scouting Nac. Time Gap Laps Event 1 M. Verstappen Red Bull NLD 1:31.647 -.— 25 2 C. Sainz Ferrari ESP 1:32.273 +0.626 24 3 L. Norris McLaren GBR 1:32.392 +0.745 24 4 C. Leclerc Ferrari MON 1:32.574 +0.927 25 5 y. tsunoda alphatauri Jap 1:32.597 +0.950 21 6 F. Alonso aston Martin Esp 1:32.650 +1.003 23 816 26 26 2. 1 :32.991 +1.344 24 9 l. law alphatauri 1:33.005 +1.358 28 10 L. Stroll Aston Martin Can 1:33.040 +1.393 Pine FRA :33.129 +1.482 23 13 G. Russell Mercedes GBR 1:33.310 +1.663 24 14 N. Hülkenberg Haas ALE 1:33.448 +1.801 24 15 E. Ocon Alpine FRA 1:33.516 +1.869 22 16 L. Hamilton Mercedes GBR 1:33 .699 +2.052 22 17 V. Bottas Alfa Romeo FIN 1:33.860 +2.213 24 18 K. Magnussen Haas DIN 1:33.975 +2.328 23 19 L. Sargeant Williams USA 1:34.212 +2.565 27 20 G. Zhou Alfa Romeo CHN 1:34. 831 +3,184 23

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