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Las Vegas FP1 cut short following track issues, Max fourth quickest

Published on 17 November 2023 by Stefan Meens

The first free practice session of the Las Vegas Grand Prix has been abandoned after a mere eight minutes. A red flag was thrown after the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and the Alpine of Esteban Ocon sustained damage to their cars after striking part of the track surface. Following inspection, the FIA stated that a concrete frame around a manhole cover failed. It means all other covers will have to be checked before any track action can be resumed.

Max Verstappen completed only one timed lap and finished the session in fourth place. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver clocked his lap on the medium Pirelli compound. Pace setter Charles Leclerc set his time on the soft tyre. Although the Ferrari driver was a couple of seconds quicker than the rest of the field, the lap times are deemed irrelevant at this stage, with most drivers having only set one lap before the session was red flagged.

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Results first free practice Las Vegas:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:40.909 4
2Nico HulkenbergHULHaas Ferrari1:43.446+2.537s4
3Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:44.261+3.352s4
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:44.397+3.488s4
5Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:45.365+4.456s5
6George RussellRUSMercedes1:45.497+4.588s4
7Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:45.824+4.915s4
8Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:45.908+4.999s5
9Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:46.793+5.884s4
10Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:47.147+6.238s5
11Pierre GaslyGASAlpine Renault1:48.253+7.344s5
12Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:48.513+7.604s4
13Daniel RicciardoRICAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:48.650+7.741s4
14Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:48.822+7.913s5
15Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:48.947+8.038s3
16Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes---2
17Oscar PiastriPIAMcLaren Mercedes---2
18Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes---2
19Fernando AlonsoALOAston Martin Mercedes---2