Formula 1: Stroll tops hectic FP1


After 5 long years off the Formula 1 calendar the Shanghai International Circuit kicked off this weekends return with a bang as Lance Stroll topped Friday afternoon’s time sheets ahead of McLaren’s Oscar Piastri and and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

The first sprint weekend of the year meant teams would be limited on running to just a single practice session,  as Sprint Qualifying would take the place of the normal free practice two, late-afternoon session, in anticipation of Saturday’s race.

With only a hour of time available, teams embarked on aggressive strategies up and down pit lane to learn what they could for this weekend. A small grass fire in turn 7 forced the sessions only stoppage as drivers hustled back on track to learn what they could in an even more reduced setting.

Sergio Perez would follow behind his Red Bull teammate to finish 4th on the sheets, ahead of the surprise Haas duo of Hulkenberg and Magnussen – both making their final run on the soft-compound tires. Esteban Ocon, Alex Albon, Daniel Ricciardo, and Valterri Bottas would round out the top 10.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from FP1 as Stroll tops the timesheets ahead of Sprint Qualifying

Full practice results are below as teams quickly recover for the Sprint Qualifying later Friday. Check out the weekend schedule below and stay tuned for more coverage.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Apr. 19thPractice 111:30 – 12:30
Sprint Qualifying15:30 – 16:14
Apr. 20thSprint11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
Apr. 21stRace15:00

Free Practice 1 Results:

281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:36.6290.327s24
31Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:36.6600.358s25
411Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:36.6900.388s24
527Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:37.1010.799s23
620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:37.1180.816s23
731Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:37.2130.911s23
823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:37.2290.927s19
93Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:37.2380.936s25
1077Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:37.5301.228s24
1124Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:37.6261.324s24
1222Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:38.0061.704s27
1316Charles LeclercFERRARI1:38.0901.788s20
1455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:38.2841.982s19
152Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:38.2861.984s23
164Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:38.6302.328s21
1763George RussellMERCEDES1:38.8062.504s21
1844Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:38.8392.537s24
1914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:38.9362.634s22
2010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:39.2762.974s21