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Chinese Grand Prix 2024 – Free Practice 1 Results

The session was the only practice runs the teams had available ahead of Sprint Qualifying for the Sprint Race

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Lance Stroll led the first free practice session of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, outpacing McLaren‘s Oscar Piastri and Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen at the Shanghai International Circuit, which returns to the Formula 1 calendar after five years. The session was critical due to its timing ahead of the first Sprint Qualifying of the season, emphasizing the importance of adjusting quickly to the 5.451km track with varied speed corners.

During the practice, a range of strategies was employed with Pirelli’s hard, medium, and soft tyres, before a brief interruption caused by a trackside fire at Turn 7. Post-resumption, a notable incident involved Lewis Hamilton claiming he was pushed off track by Lando Norris, resulting in Hamilton receiving a black-and-white flag for crossing the pit entry line.

Stroll‘s late effort on soft tyres clocked at 1m 36.302s, placing him three-tenths ahead of both Piastri and Verstappen, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finishing fourth. The session ended with Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, along with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, also showing strong performances, benefiting from their final runs on soft tyres.

The teams and drivers now have a short window to analyze data before the Sprint qualifying, set to begin at 1530 local time. This session sets the stage for strategic decisions that will impact the remainder of the racing weekend.

F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 – FP1 Results

PosDriverTeamTime
1Lance StrollAston Martin1:36.302
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren+0.327s
3Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.358s
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.388s
5Nico HulkenbergHaas+0.799s
6Kevin MagnussenHaas+0.816s
7Esteban OconAlpine+0.911s
8Alexander AlbonWilliams+0.927s
9Daniel RicciardoRB+0.936s
10Valtteri BottasSauber+1.228s
11Zhou GuanyuSauber+1.324s
12Yuki TsunodaRB+1.704s
13Charles LeclercFerrari+1.788s
14Carlos SainzFerrari+1.982s
15Logan SargeantWilliams+1.984s
16Lando NorrisMcLaren+2.328s
17George RussellMercedes+2.504s
18Lewis HamiltonMercedes+2.537s
19Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+2.634s
20Pierre GaslyAlpine+2.974s
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