F1 2023 Japanese GP – Practice 1 results

Verstappen in the Red Bull was fastest in free practice 1 at the 2023 Japanese GP.


Max Verstappen regained his usual form during first practice at the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, recording a time of 1:31.647, following a less than satisfactory outing in the previous race in Singapore.

In the Singapore Grand Prix, both Verstappen and his teammate, Sergio Perez, experienced difficulties, with Red Bull being beaten on the Marina Bay street circuit for the first time this season, culminating in a thrilling last-minute win for Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Nonetheless, the reigning champions were anticipated to bounce back at the more conventional Suzuka circuit. The Dutch driver laid down a preliminary benchmark, clocking the quickest time of 1:31.647, which was over six-tenths faster than the second-placed Sainz.

Lando Norris secured the third spot for McLaren with one of the final flying laps of the session, just a tenth behind Sainz in second.

Times though were not representative as the F1 teams were focussed on using the session to test new aerodynamic parts, while conditions were completely different to Qualifying and the Grand Prix itself. 

F1 2023 Japanese GP – Practice 1 results

1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:31.647
2Carlos SainzFerrari+0.626
3Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.745
4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.927
5Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+0.950
6Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+1.003
7Oscar PiastriMcLaren+1.066
8Alexander AlbonWilliams+1.344
9Liam LawsonAlphaTauri+1.358
10Lance StrollAston Martin+1.393
11Sergio PerezRed Bull+1.396
12Pierre GaslyAlpine+1.482
13George RussellMercedes+1.663
14Nico HulkenbergHaas+1.801
15Esteban OconAlpine+1.869
16Lewis HamiltonMercedes+2.052
17Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+2.213
18Kevin MagnussenHaas+2.328
19Logan SargeantWilliams+2.565
20Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo+3.184
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