It was Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz who set the best time in the first free practice session of the United States Grand Prix in 1.36.857 (Soft), the Spaniard ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull by two tenths (Tender) and four tenths the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (Tender).
Behind, Lance Stroll, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, George Russell, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris and Sebastian Vettel complete the top ten of this first free practice session (relatively calm) of the weekend in Austin.
Several beginners on the track
This Friday, several beginners took to the track in Austin as part of the tests reserved for young drivers. Frenchman Théo Pourchaire was at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo, American Logan Sargeant took control of the Williams, Robert Shwartzman was in the cockpit of the Ferrari F1-75, Antonio Giovinazzi drove the Haas and Alex Palou took part in his first free practice in F1 at the wheel of the McLaren.
Giovinazzi in the barriers
Italian Antonio Giovinazzi – who took part in his second and final free practice session of the year with Haas on Friday – sent his car into the tire barriers at the start of the session, causing a short red flag. The driver is fine, but has lost precious running time, as he will no longer be able to return to the track due to a problem with the clutch.
We are working for 2023
A lot of data indicated this Friday in Austin and which will be used in the development of the 2023 single-seater. With four races remaining before the end of the season and the two championships played, the teams will now use the free practice sessions as tests for the next season when private testing is extremely limited in Formula 1.
The next free practice session for the United States Grand Prix is scheduled for this Friday at 00:00 (Paris time) and can be followed live on our website.