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F1 results: Max Verstappen fastest in Spanish GP practice

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fastest in Spanish Grand Prix Friday practice in Barcelona, the seventh round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Verstappen was fastest in both FP1 and FP2, but Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso got to within 0.17s of the championship leader in the latter.

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Spanish Grand Prix FP1 results: Verstappen fastest from Perez

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 32 1'14.606     224.620
2 Mexico Sergio Perez 32 1'15.374 0.768 0.768 222.331
3 France Esteban Ocon 28 1'15.418 0.812 0.044 222.201
4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries 27 1'15.504 0.898 0.086 221.948
5 France Pierre Gasly 27 1'15.545 0.939 0.041 221.828
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 24 1'15.547 0.941 0.002 221.822
7 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 22 1'15.689 1.083 0.142 221.406
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc 28 1'15.694 1.088 0.005 221.391
9 Spain Carlos Sainz 27 1'15.726 1.120 0.032 221.297
10 United Kingdom George Russell 32 1'15.753 1.147 0.027 221.218
11 United Kingdom Lando Norris 25 1'15.783 1.177 0.030 221.131
12 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 29 1'15.845 1.239 0.062 220.950
13 China Zhou Guanyu 24 1'15.906 1.300 0.061 220.773
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 27 1'15.915 1.309 0.009 220.746
15 Canada Lance Stroll 25 1'15.939 1.333 0.024 220.677
16 Finland Valtteri Bottas 24 1'15.978 1.372 0.039 220.563
17 Australia Oscar Piastri 26 1'16.353 1.747 0.375 219.480
18 Germany Nico Hulkenberg 28 1'16.461 1.855 0.108 219.170
19 United States Logan Sargeant 30 1'16.506 1.900 0.045 219.041
20 Thailand Alex Albon 28 1'16.630 2.024 0.124 218.687

What happened in Spanish GP Free Practice 1?

Verstappen went to the top of the times five minutes into the session, setting 1m16.583s on the Pirelli prototype tyre, which will make its race debut at Silverstone.

His Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez briefly beat him with his first flying lap of 1m16.420s on medium-compound rubber, but Verstappen topped that with 1m15.945s, almost half a second clear.

Just after the halfway point of the session Verstappen switched to the softs, unleashing 1m14.606s, putting him 0.768s clear of Perez.

As in Monaco, Esteban Ocon was best of the rest for Alpine, eight tenths down on Verstappen and less than a tenth clear of an impressive Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri).

Pierre Gasly (Alpine) was fifth fastest but collided with Logan Sargeant’s Williams at the Turn 10 hairpin. Alonso was sixth for Aston, just under a second off the pace, head of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.

The Ferrari duo were eighth and ninth, with Charles Leclerc fractionally faster running the old sidepods than Carlos Sainz, who was using the new Red Bull-style setup. George Russell rounded out the top 10 in the updated Mercedes, two spots ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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Spanish Grand Prix FP2 results: Verstappen fastest from Alonso

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 34 1'13.907     226.744
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 30 1'14.077 0.170 0.170 226.224
3 Germany Nico Hulkenberg 31 1'14.177 0.270 0.100 225.919
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 30 1'14.219 0.312 0.042 225.791
5 France Esteban Ocon 30 1'14.242 0.335 0.023 225.721
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 32 1'14.246 0.339 0.004 225.709
7 Spain Carlos Sainz 32 1'14.274 0.367 0.028 225.624
8 United Kingdom George Russell 31 1'14.392 0.485 0.118 225.266
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas 32 1'14.448 0.541 0.056 225.096
10 France Pierre Gasly 29 1'14.457 0.550 0.009 225.069
11 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 31 1'14.549 0.642 0.092 224.791
12 Australia Oscar Piastri 30 1'14.583 0.676 0.034 224.689
13 China Zhou Guanyu 29 1'14.585 0.678 0.002 224.683
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris 30 1'14.694 0.787 0.109 224.355
15 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 24 1'14.713 0.806 0.019 224.298
16 Netherlands Nyck de Vries 33 1'14.785 0.878 0.072 224.082
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 34 1'14.840 0.933 0.055 223.917
18 Canada Lance Stroll 31 1'15.010 1.103 0.170 223.410
19 Thailand Alex Albon 32 1'15.056 1.149 0.046 223.273
20 United States Logan Sargeant 33 1'15.415 1.508 0.359 222.210

What happened in Spanish GP Free Practice 2?

Verstappen set the early benchmark on prototype tyre at 1m15.655s before Sainz took P1 with 1m14.999s, versus Leclerc’s 1m15.600s, both set on soft tyres.

Verstappen didn’t stay in third for long, slinging on a set of mediums and going fastest on 1m14.968s, just 0.031s faster than Sainz despite a scruffy lap.

Sainz responded by jumping to a new set of softs, producing 1m14.274s, before Verstappen put him in his place with a 1m13.907s. Alonso took second with the fastest final sector time, just 0.17s away from Verstappen overall.

Nico Hulkenberg kept Haas’s strong form going by taking P3, 0.27s down on Verstappen, and ahead of Perez, Ocon and the Ferraris – with Leclerc ahead of Sainz.

Russell was eighth this time, ahead of Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Pierre Gasly (Alpine) and Hamilton.

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