Formula 1: Verstappen tops FP1 in Austria

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 28: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 28, 2024 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202406280056 // Usage for editorial use only //

A mid-session stoppage wasn’t enough to stop championship leader Verstappen as he topped the timesheets during the only practice session of the weekend as teams quickly acclimated themselves for the third Sprint Race Weekend of 2024. The Dutchman suddenly came to a halt on the start/finish straight with an “engine fault” error that saw marshals quickly put out the red flags in an attempt to recover the stricken Red Bull. Once back in the pits, the team were able to reset the error and Verstappen continued on to set the quickest laps of the session in the final 10 minutes of running, laying down a 1:05.685s lap ahead of Oscar Piastri and the Ferrari duo of Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the FP1 action from Austria as Verstappen goes fastest after bringing out red flags

With only an hours practice all teams were keen to test every compound of tire during the session. Mercedes in particular, off of a strong weekend in Spain, were quick to hit the ground running, setting the pace early in the session with both cars as Hamilton led from Russell with both Red Bulls behind them. However, after Verstappen’s red flag period and a quick reset, the duo quickly fell to fifth and eighth on the time sheets as Verstappen, Piastri, and the Ferrari’s pushed them down the order with the quickest times of the day.

Still hot from Spain, Esteban Ocon pulled his Alpine into the top 10 on the sheets with the 6th quickest time of the day ahead of Lance Stroll and Russell, while Yuki Tsunoda and Fernando Alonso rounded out the final positions at the top.

With Sprint qualifying up next it’s all hands on deck to prepare for the first of two qualifying sessions this weekend. Tune in at 16:30 local time to catch all the action live.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
June 28thPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Sprint Qualifying16:30 – 17:14
June 29thSprint Shootout13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
June 30thRace15:00

Free Practice 1 Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:05.68528
281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:05.9610.276s32
316Charles LeclercFERRARI1:06.0550.370s31
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:06.1280.443s31
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:06.2540.569s39
631Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:06.2970.612s30
718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:06.3840.699s27
863George RussellMERCEDES1:06.3860.701s32
922Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:06.5790.894s30
1014Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:06.6030.918s30
1110Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:06.7341.049s28
1211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:06.7831.098s24
134Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:06.8801.195s30
1424Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:06.9191.234s28
1577Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:06.9251.240s29
163Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:06.9621.277s31
1727Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:06.9661.281s31
1823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:06.9951.310s28
1920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:07.1451.460s31
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:07.2591.574s29