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2024 Spanish Grand Prix: Norris leads Verstappen in First Practice


Lando Norris was fastest in the first Practice session of the 2024 FIA World Championship Spanish Grand Prix weekend, edging out Drivers Championship leader, Max Verstappen.

As the green lights signalled the start of a triple header of European races to come, starting with Barcelona this weekend. Oracle Red Bull Racing will be hoping to get back to top form after a difficult few race weekends, despite getting the win in Montreal. The Milton Keynes based outfit have brought a big upgrade package this weekend, but so have Constructors Championship rivals, Scuderia Ferrari. Red Bull junior team, Visa Cash App RB have also brought a sizeable upgrade.

With the drivers getting more comfortable, the track was getting quicker, but the session was halted temporarily due to debris on track from Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin Armaco F1 Team car. This small delay meant everyone came back out on different run plans – some opting for long runs and others on qualifying simulations.

Norris was the quickest at the chequered flag, with a time of 1:14.228s, which was around four tenths better than the quickest time in Free Practice One in 2023. Verstappen’s fastest time was only good enough for second, while Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the hour +0.344s back from his former teammate in third.

Photo: McLaren Media Centre

George Russell was the lead Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team car in fourth, ahead of Sergio Pérez and Oscar Piastri. Lewis Hamilton was running a different programme to his teammate, finishing the hour in seventh.

Esteban Ocon looked quick during the open hour of practice, ending eighth. Alonso and Alex Albon rounded out the top ten. Charles Leclerc was eleventh quickest and quite a distance back from his Ferrari teammate.

Valtteri Bottas was once again the lead Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber car, finishing in twelfth, ahead of Zhou Guanyu in sixteenth. Bottas has a chance to out qualify his teammate for the thirteenth race in a row. Pierre Gasly was thirteenth, Lance Stroll was less than half a tenth behind in fourteenth.

Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda spent a large part of the session gathering data from their new significant upgrade package – neither driver used DRS on their qualifying runs. Ricciardo ended the hour in fifteenth, while Tsunoda was bottom of the order.

Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant were seventeenth and eighteenth, while Ollie Bearman, who took part in his second Free Practice One of the season finished in nineteenth.

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1 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:14.228 27
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:14.252 +0.024s 27
3 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:14.572 +0.344s 31
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:14.614 +0.386s 31
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:14.692 +0.464s 28
6 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:14.867 +0.639s 29
7 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:14.911 +0.683s 28
8 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:15.086 +0.858s 30
9 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:15.222 +0.994s 26
10 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:15.417 +1.189s 25
11 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:15.434 +1.206s 26
12 77 Valtteri Bottas KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.472 +1.244s 24
13 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:15.484 +1.256s 21
14 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:15.512 +1.284s 28
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB HONDA RBPT 1:15.580 +1.352s 30
16 24 Zhou Guanyu KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.616 +1.388s 24
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:15.644 +1.416s 30
18 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:15.752 +1.524s 25
19 50 Oliver Bearman HAAS FERRARI 1:15.865 +1.637s 29
20 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB HONDA RBPT 1:15.916 +1.688s 21
Times and positions accurate via Formula 1 official website.


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