Formula 1: Bahrain FP1 topped by Ricciardo

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – FEBRUARY 29: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Visa Cash App RB VCARB 01 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on February 29, 2024 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202402290540 // Usage for editorial use only //

Formula 1’s first race weekend of 2024 is underway as Daniel Ricciardo and the rebranded RB team led the way from the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, as teams began their various runs in preparation for the race on Saturday.

The relatively uneventful session saw the quickest time of the day go to Verstappen originally, who set the pace with a 1:33.535s lap, despite the reigning champion complaining about poor shifting with both up and downshifts. He would finish his FP1 session in 6th while teammate Sergio Perez would finish 12th.

Yuki Tsunoda set a fast lap to put his RB in 4th, behind the McLaren duo, while Fernando Alonso slotted his Aston Martin in 5th. Further down the field, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton found themselves 7th and 9th on the day, while Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz faired little better in 8th and 11th respectively.

Valtteri Bottas – on a set of soft tires – set the 10th quickest time of the day.

Alpine and Haas had a session to forget as both team occupied the final four spots on the timesheets, with the quickest car 1.938s off the pace of Ricciardo. Both teams will look for a stronger run session in FP2.

It’s early goings on day one, and the times mean little until we get to qualifying, but with 1st-14th place separated by 0.999s, it’s anyone’s game at this point.

Watch the highlights from this afternoon’s session and get ready for more on track action with Free Practice 2. Weekend Schedule is below.



DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Feb. 29thPractice 114:30 – 15:30
Practice 218:00 – 19:00
Mar. 1stPractice 315:30 – 16:30
Qualifying19:00 – 20:00
Mar. 2ndRace18:00

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from the first practice session of the season in Bahrain as Ricciardo sets the pace

Free Practice 1 Results:

13Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:32.86923
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:32.9010.032s25
381Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:33.1130.244s25
422Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:33.1830.314s24
514Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:33.1930.324s20
61Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:33.2380.369s21
763George RussellMERCEDES1:33.2510.382s25
816Charles LeclercFERRARI1:33.2680.399s24
944Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:33.3020.433s22
1077Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:33.3540.485s21
1155Carlos SainzFERRARI1:33.3850.516s26
1211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:33.4130.544s24
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:33.5830.714s17
1418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:33.8680.999s20
1524Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:33.9231.054s16
162Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.2131.344s19
1731Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:34.8071.938s21
1810Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:35.1442.275s24
1920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:37.4774.608s25
2027Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:37.9385.069s27