F1 2023 Belgian GP – Practice 1 results

The disrupted session leaves the team with limited information ahead of qualifying later this afternoon.


Carlos Sainz got his Belgian Grand Prix weekend off to a good start by going quickest in a rain-affected FP1.

With heavy rain forecast during the session, limited running took place, with Sainz setting a time of 2:03.207 on the intermediates, over half a second faster than Oscar Piastri in second.

Lando Norris finished the session third fastest ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, with Alex Albon rounding off the top six despite an off at the bus stop chicane.

Lewis Hamilton finished the session 12th fastest, over seven seconds down on Sainz, whilst Max Verstappen didn’t set a time. 

Logan Sargeant had a hair-raising moment at Les Combes at half distance as the American aquaplaned off-track, sliding beyond the corner and damaging his Williams’ front wing, bringing the red flag out.

F1 2023 Belgian GP – Practice 1 results

1Carlos SainzFerrari2:03.207
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren+0.585
3Lando NorrisMcLaren+1.277
4Charles LeclercFerrari+4.941
5Sergio PerezRed Bull+5.033
6Alex AlbonWilliams+5.187
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+5.860
8Kevin MagnussenHaas+6.022
9Daniel RicciardoAlphaTauri+6.112
10Nico HulkenbergHaas+6.835
11Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+7.076
12Lewis HamiltonMercedes+7.092
13George RussellMercedes+7.268
14Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+8.878
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo+10.795
16Logan SargeantWilliamsNo time
17Lance StrollAston MartinNo time
18Pierre GaslyAlpineNo time
19Esteban OconAlpineNo time
20Max VerstappenRed BullNo time
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