Formula 1: Red Bull 1-2 in final practice

SUZUKA, JAPAN – APRIL 06: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on April 06, 2024 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404060032 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red Bull wasted no time Saturday afternoon asserting their dominance as Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez went 1-2 in the final practice session as teams prepared for their qualifying and race setups prior to Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Echoing the performance of FP1, Verstappen further raised the bar in dry conditions, setting a sub 1:30 lap time by nearly a half-second, with Perez 0.269s behind as the pair of Bulls outshined the suddenly resurgent Mercedes duo of Russell and Hamilton. While Russell ended his session 3rd on the time sheets, Hamilton was not far behind as he was narrowly beat out by Russell with a gap of only 0.119s.

Fernando Alonso took his Aston Martin to 5th on the sheets, followed by Lando Norris and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. Birthday boy, Oscar Piastri, ended 8th on the time sheets ahead of Yuki Tsunoda and Charles LeClerc.

Qualifying for Sunday’s race will take place in a few hours time at 15:00 local time. With the Japanese Grand Prix being held in April for the first time, the cooler temperatures and decreased risk of rain is a welcome sight. However, local forecasts show a roughly 30-40% chance of rain on race day, making Saturday’s qualifying session even more important to nail down.




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 3 Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.56323
211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.8320.269s25
363George RussellMERCEDES1:29.9180.355s24
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:30.0370.474s21
514Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.0820.519s24
64Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.1370.574s14
755Carlos SainzFERRARI1:30.1710.608s27
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.2260.663s19
922Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:30.3410.778s21
1016Charles LeclercFERRARI1:30.3830.820s25
1123Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:30.5330.970s23
1277Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.5460.983s26
133Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:30.6821.119s24
1431Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:31.0221.459s18
1524Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:31.0671.504s16
1627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:31.1391.576s21
1710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:31.1411.578s19
1818Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:31.3421.779s23
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:31.4521.889s20
2020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:31.4621.899s22