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Verstappen Takes the Lead in FP1 at Australian GP 2023, With Leclerc in 4th and Sainz in 5th – Live Coverage

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04.19 Verstappen misses the turn-1 entry and aborts this attempt. The two Ferraris are stopped in the pits.

04.18 Verstappen, Hamilton, Norris, Bottas, Perez and Alonso are back on track and will probably focus on simulating the race pace.

04.15 In reality, the red flag had been displayed due to GPS problems.

04.14 All the drivers in the pits, perhaps in the last 16 minutes we will see the long run.

04.11 We go back to running, after the cleaning of the track.

04.09 Below is the updated order of times:

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing1:18.790 3
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+0.503 3
3 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin+0.527 3
4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.588 2
5 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+0.715 2
6 Pierre GASLY Alpine+0.856 3
7 George RUSSELL Mercedes+0.909 2
8 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+0.976 4
9 Alexander ALBON Williams+0.976 2
10 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren+0.987 2
11 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team+1.016 2
12 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri+1.143 2
13 Lando NORRIS McLaren+1.178 2
14 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+1.300 2
15 Esteban OCON Alpine+1.385 3
16 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri+1.609 2
17 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+1.779 3
18 Logan SARGEANT Williams+1.968 4
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+2.357 2
20 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+3.072 4

04.07 RED FLAG!!! Many track exits in these minutes, track marshals must intervene on the track.

04.05 Fernando Alonso arrives with Aston Martin who moves into third position at 0.527 from the top.

04.04 Sainz was getting some interesting times in the first two sectors, but then he found traffic in the third. A similar situation for Hamilton, now 13th at 1,300.

04.03 Russell moves into fifth position at 0.909 from Verstappen, while Leclerc returns to the pits.

04.02 Below is the updated order of times:

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing1:18.790 2
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+0.503 3
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.588 2
4 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+0.897 4
5 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+0.976 3
6 Alexander ALBON Williams+0.976 2
7 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren+0.987 2
8 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin+0.990 2
9 George RUSSELL Mercedes+1.037 2
10 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri+1.143 2
11 Pierre GASLY Alpine+1.242 2
12 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team+1.294 2
13 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+1.300 2
14 Lando NORRIS McLaren+1.500 2
15 Esteban OCON Alpine+1.554 3
16 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri+1.609 2
17 Logan SARGEANT Williams+1.968 2
18 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+2.083 3
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+2.971 3
20 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+3.072 3

04.00 Leclerc moves to third position at 0.588 from Leclerc to precede Sainz.

03.59 Sainz improves his performance and moves into third position at 0.897 from Verstappen.

03.58 Sainz comes out with the soft, soft tires also for Leclerc.

03.57 Red Bull, therefore, in front of everyone with Verstappen who stands out with the time of 1: 18.790 with the softs preceding Perez by 0.503 with the mediums. Aston Martin did well with Stroll in third position at 0.976, Alonso fifth at 0.990.

03.56 Below is the updated order of times:

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing1:18.790 2
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+0.503 2
3 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+0.976 1
4 Alexander ALBON Williams+0.976 3
5 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin+0.990 2
6 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri+1.143 1
7 Pierre GASLY Alpine+1.242 1
8 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+1.300 1
9 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+1,303 1
10 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+1.324 1
11 George RUSSELL Mercedes+1.398 2
12 Esteban OCON Alpine+1.554 1
13 Yuki TSUNODA Alpha Tauri+1.609 1
14 Logan SARGEANT Williams+1.968 3
15 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team+2.632 1
16 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren+2.869 2
17 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+2.971 1
18 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+3.051 2
19 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+3.072 3
20 Lando NORRIS McLaren- – 2

03.54 Verstappen immediately very fast and we are 1.2 better than the best time of 2022 FP1.

03.52 Alonso improves with the hard tires and moves to 0.990 from Verstappen in fifth position, while Sainz is ninth and Leclerc tenth, who have decided to work more to understand the degradation of the tires.

03.53 1:18.790 for Verstappen who with the soft tires breaks down the 1:19 wall ahead of Perez by 0.503 and by 0.976 on Stroll. Sainz is eighth at 1.303 and Leclerc is ninth at 1.324.

03.51 Verstappen, even in the lead, complains about the balance of the car, while Alonso is 14th at 1,712. The Spaniard is riding with the hard compounds.

03.49 Below is the updated order of times:

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing1:19.278 2
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+0.015 2
3 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+0.488 1
4 Pierre GASLY Alpine+0.754 1
5 Alexander ALBON Williams+0.808 2
6 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+0.812 1
7 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+0.815 1
8 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.836 1
9 George RUSSELL Mercedes+0.910 1
10 Esteban OCON Alpine+1.066 1
11 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri+1.121 1
12 Logan SARGEANT Williams+1.480 2
13 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri+1.592 1
14 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team+2.144 1
15 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren+2.381 1
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+2.483 1
17 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+2.563 2
18 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+2.584 2
19 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin+3,021 2
20 Lando NORRIS McLaren- – 2

03.47 Verstappen flies in the lead, but with only 15 thousandths of an advantage over Perez. Stroll is third with the Aston Martin at 0.488, seventh Sainz at 0.815 and eighth Leclerc at 0.836 who have returned to the pits.

03.44 Leclerc improves his time, but is always seventh at 0.782 from the top occupied by Verstappen with the time of 1: 19.332.

03.45 Sainz and Leclerc improve with the hard ones: Sainz 5th at 0.761 and Leclerc 7th at 0.863.

03.43 Ferrari who with Leclerc is trying a new fund to do comparative tests.

03.42 In the corner 3-4 Magnusssen makes a mistake and goes long under braking, while Verstappen has returned to the pits.

03.41 Sainz improves his time trial and moves to sixth position at 1.603.

03.41 Veestappen complains about the change, but in the end he gets the best time with the softs: 1: 19.332 ahead of 0.219 Perez. Hamilton is third at 0.965. The Dutchman with the softs ahead of everyone, Leclerc eighth with the hards at 2,362, while Sainz is tenth at 2,423.

03.40 Perez is confirmed as the fastest in 1: 20.267 ahead of 0.030 Lewis Hamilton with the Mercedes of 0.206 Stroll with the averages.

03.39 Stroll is second at 0.206 from Perez with the mediums, while Leclerc and Sainz are 12th and 14th, riding with the hard ones.

03.37 Perez immediately takes the lead in 1: 20.267 ahead of 1.005 Verstappen. The Mexican achieved this time with the averages, while Verstappen with the sfots. Sainz is 2,502 from the Mexican in eighth place, Lecler seventh at 2,339.

03.36 Stroll takes the top with the Aston Martin (medium tyres) with a time of 1: 23.019 ahead of 0.358 Sainz and 0.841 Gasly. Leclerc is ninth at 3,883.

03.34 Sainz gets the best time of 1: 25.314 with hard tires.

03.33 Sainz obtained the first timed time of 1: 49.825. We are clearly on very slow chronos.

03.32 The action begins: Sainz, Ocon, Zhou, Piastri on the track with the hard ones; Albon, De Vries, Gasly with mediums. Leclerc also on the track with the hard compounds.

03.31 An important session to define the structures of the single-seaters.

03.30 IT BEGINS WITH FP1!!!

03.29 18°C ​​in the air and 31°C on the asphalt.

03.28 2′ at the start of this FP1 useful for finding the ideal setup.

03.25 On the other hand, there are four active pilots to boast claims at Albert Park where, incredibly, Lewis Hamilton has collected “only” 2 victories (2008, 2015). Few by his standards! There is also 1 success for Fernando Alonso (2006), Valtteri Bottas (2019) and Charles Leclerc (2022).

03.22 The most successful driver ever is still today Michael Schumacher, the only man capable of imposing himself 4 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004). The German also holds the record for consecutive successes, being him the only one to have triumphed in 3 editions in a row.

03.19 For Oscar Piastri, this will in all respects be the home race. The young McLaren driver was in fact born in Melbourne, just a short distance from Albert Park. Other Australian drivers who arrived before him in Formula 1 are, among others, Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Tim Schenken, Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo.

03.16 The Australian Grand Prix records average tire forces and low levels of abrasion. The new layout inaugurated last year favors overtaking especially in the second sector. With a set-up of the car that focuses on traction, exiting corners can be helped in order to have a better chance of overtaking on the short straights of the track

03.13 The streets of the Albert Park street circuit were resurfaced in 2022, inserting metal inclusions in the agglomeration that improved the grip of the tires. The asphalt is in fact smoother than the other circuits in the world championship and greater grip can only be achieved after numerous track sessions.

03.10 The FIA ​​has confirmed that there will be four DRS zones this year. It could therefore be the edition of the Melbourne race with the highest top speed, given that theoretically it could reach 340 km/h.

03.07 For the Australian Grand Prix, the C2 compound was nominated as P Zero White Hard, the C3 as P Zero Yellow Medium and C4 as P Zero Red Soft.

03.04 The favors of the prediction are all for Red Bull, absolute ruler of the first two championship weekends, and the goal is to replicate here.

03.01 It is no mystery that the Reds are in trouble, especially in managing the race pace with the tyres. Last year Leclerc managed to establish himself, but at that moment the F1-75 was the reference car, while this season we found ourselves in a difficult situation.

02.58 It will be a Ferrari without updates. A new fund was expected in the appointment in question, but the Prancing Horse team has decided to postpone the evolution package in view of the Imola round. It was the Monegasque Charles Leclerc who confirmed the fact that there will be no upgrades on the SF-23, consequently a virtue of necessity will have to be made.

02.55 Hello and welcome back to LIVE LIVE on the first day of free practice for the Australian GP, ​​third round of the 2023 F1 World Championship. At the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, the teams will work hard to find the best set-up possible for tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

How to follow the free practice sessions on TV/streamingThe presentation of the Australian GPAustralian GP numbers and statistics

Good morning and welcome to LIVE LIVE of the first day of free practice for the Australian GP, ​​third round of the 2023 F1 World Championship. on the circuit ofAlbert Park in Melbourne the teams will work hard to find the best set-up possible in view of tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

It will be a Ferrari without updates. A new fund was expected in the appointment in question, but the Prancing Horse team has decided to postpone the evolution package in view of the Imola round. It was the Monegasque Charles Leclerc to confirm the fact that there will be no upgrades on the SF-23, consequently a virtue of necessity will have to be made.

It’s no mystery that the Reds are in trouble, especially in managing the race pace with the tyres. Last year Leclerc managed to establish himself, but at that moment the F1-75 was the reference car, while this season we found ourselves in a difficult situation. The underdogs are all for Red Bull, absolute ruler of the first two world championship weekends, and the goal is to replicate here.

OA Sport offers you the LIVE LIVE of the first day of free practice for the Australian GP, ​​third round of the 2023 F1 World Championship: real-time news and constant updates. We start with FP1 at 03.30 Italian time, while FP2 will start from 07.00. Good fun!

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