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Max quickest in US GP practice

Published on 20 October 2023 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen clocked the quickest time in the only practice session of the United States Grand Prix. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver lapped the Circuit of the Americas a tenth and a half faster than second-placed Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). Lewis Hamilton completed the top three in his Mercedes. Daniel Ricciardo, who returned from a fractured hand sustained during the Dutch GP, finished practice in fourteenth.

Due to the sprint format, this race weekend only has one practice session scheduled, meaning FP1 is crucial in setting up the cars for the remainder of the event. Thus the teams are keen to get as much track time as possible. Max completed 23 laps in the opening session.

On the other end of the lap charts, Lance Stroll endures a less than productive training with his Aston Martin suffering brake issues. The Canadian’s session is over after a mere fifteen minutes and only five completed laps.

The opening half of the session sees most teams complete runs on the medium and hard Pirelli compounds. At the halfway mark, Max is second quickest behind Lewis Hamilton with both champions having set their times on the hard tyres.

As the session progresses, the track rubbers in and gets faster and faster. This, combined with low fuel runs on the soft compound in the final third of the session, results in ever quicker lap times. In the end, Max tops the timing sheets, despite a lap that looks far from perfect. It will give the Dutchman confidence to fight for his eleventh pole position of the season during qualifying later in the evening.

Ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix, Red Bull launched a special US GP livery which will feature on both Max and Sergio Perez’s cars. Fans of scale models can order their special edition RB19 on

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Results first free practice United-states:

1Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:35.912 23
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:36.068+0.156s25
3Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:36.193+0.281s23
4Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:36.212+0.300s23
5Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:36.472+0.560s21
6George RussellRUSMercedes1:36.474+0.562s25
7Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:36.492+0.580s21
8Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:36.533+0.621s24
9Nico HulkenbergHULHaas Ferrari1:36.702+0.790s21
10Pierre GaslyGASAlpine Renault1:36.705+0.793s22
11Logan SargeantSARWilliams Mercedes1:36.987+1.075s26
12Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:37.066+1.154s22
13Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:37.104+1.192s25
14Daniel RicciardoRICAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:37.152+1.240s24
15Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:37.256+1.344s21
16Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:37.418+1.506s25
17Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:37.517+1.605s24
18Fernando AlonsoALOAston Martin Mercedes1:37.840+1.928s19
19Oscar PiastriPIAMcLaren Mercedes1:38.420+2.508s22
20Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:39.940+4.028s5