Formula 1: Verstappen tops FP1 in Japan

SUZUKA, JAPAN – APRIL 05: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on April 05, 2024 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404050065 // Usage for editorial use only //

Looking to recover after a lackluster result in Australia, Red Bull topped the time sheets in Japan ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz as Max Verstappen planted himself ahead of Sergio Perez in an attempt to reestablish their place on top of the grid. The Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton – also in position to recover after dismal weekend in Melbourne, split the Ferrari pair with the 4th and 5th fastest times ahead of Charles LeClerc.

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Fernando Alonso led Oscar Piasti, Yuki Tsunoda, and Lando Norris to round out the top 10.

Japanese driver Ayumu Isawa took part in his first practice in formula 1, subbing for Daniel Ricciardo in front of the home fans. Isawa, a current Super Formula regular under the Team Mugen banner, finished his session 16th on the time sheets.

SUZUKA, JAPAN – APRIL 05: Ayumu Iwasa of Japan and Visa Cash App RB and Takuma Sato pose for a photo in the garage prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on April 05, 2024 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404050059 // Usage for editorial use only //

The fairly quiet session was interrupted only by one incident as Logan Sargeant heavily crashed his newly repaired Williams. The American driver ran wide entering turn 7 and lost control as he spun and caught air through the gravel. Critically though, his impact started on the nose of the car before twirling him around, seeming to avoid any significant suspension or gearbox damage in the process. The Williams team, recovering after Alex Albon’s massive shunt in Australia, is unable to bring a new chassis to the Japanese race weekend and will look to repair Sargaent’s car before free practice 2.

Teams return to the circuit for the second free practice session at 15:00 local time Full schedule and FP1 results are below.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Apr. 5thPractice 111:30 – 12:30
Practice 215:00 – 16:00
Apr. 6thPractice 311:30 – 12:30
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
Apr. 7thRace14:00

Free Practice 1 Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.05617
211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.2370.181s17
355Carlos SainzFERRARI1:30.2690.213s19
463George RussellMERCEDES1:30.5300.474s17
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:30.5430.487s22
616Charles LeclercFERRARI1:30.5580.502s17
714Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.5990.543s19
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:31.1651.109s22
922Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:31.2301.174s19
104Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:31.2401.184s21
1131Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:31.9351.879s18
1223Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.9431.887s17
1327Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:31.9581.902s18
1477Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:32.0541.998s17
1518Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:32.0551.999s16
1640Ayumu IwasaRB HONDA RBPT1:32.1032.047s22
1710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:32.2772.221s22
1824Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:32.6382.582s17
1920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:32.8032.747s20
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:33.2043.148s10