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Max P16 in only practice session Brazilian GP

Published on 03 November 2023 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the first and only free practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix in sixteenth place during a session in which Oracle Red Bull Racing opted to only use the hard Pirelli tyre compound. The Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc lapped the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace quickest ahead of George Russell (Mercedes).

The first driver to take to the track in FP1 is Max in the RB19. The Dutchman is quickly joined by most other cars as the teams are trying to gather as much data before possible rain interferes.

Max is also the first driver to clock a time, but soon after crossing the start-finish straight, the triple world champion notifies the team about his seat: “It’s not properly secured, but we can check that after this run.” Nevertheless, Max betters his first timed lap and stays at the top of the timing sheets in the first third of the session.

At the halfway point, Max ventures out for another run, sporting the same hard Pirellis that he used at the start of practice. He once again sets the pace, but is soon after usurped by George Russell, whose Mercedes is on the medium compound.

Meanwhile, Max is still not happy with his seat, with the mechanics having another thorough look into the issues. With twenty minutes to go, Max steers the RB19 back onto the track for another run on the hards.

With other teams opting to run the grippier tyre compounds, both Red Bulls drop down the timing sheets, ultimately finishing FP1 in P16 and P18.

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Results first free practice Brazil:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:11.732 29
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:11.840+0.108s31
3George RussellRUSMercedes1:11.865+0.133s30
4Nico HulkenbergHULHaas Ferrari1:11.928+0.196s19
5Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:12.044+0.312s27
6Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:12.136+0.404s25
7Pierre GaslyGASAlpine Renault1:12.184+0.452s30
8Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:12.481+0.749s26
9Logan SargeantSARWilliams Mercedes1:12.579+0.847s29
10Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:12.592+0.860s23
11Fernando AlonsoALOAston Martin Mercedes1:12.615+0.883s27
12Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:12.638+0.906s29
13Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:12.714+0.982s28
14Daniel RicciardoRICAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:12.778+1.046s26
15Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:12.779+1.047s29
16Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:12.793+1.061s29
17Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.012+1.280s30
18Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:13.056+1.324s30
19Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:13.629+1.897s24
20Oscar PiastriPIAMcLaren Mercedes1:13.838+2.106s27