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2023 Australian Grand Prix – FP1: Is Verstappen unstoppable?

Max Verstappen found himself at the top of the timesheets on Friday morning, followed by Lewis Hamilton in P2 and Sergio Perez in P3.

A partly cloudy day in Melbourne, as we got ready for the first practice session of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, with F1 predicting a 10% chance of rain for the session, which is set to increase for FP2.

A red flag came to halt all in-track action with 23 minutes left on the clock, as the teams were struggling with a GPS data loss, having no access to the positions of the cars on track, which caused severe traffic and quite a few misunderstandings between the drivers. The issue was resolved and the session was resumed with 14 minutes left on the clock.

The action didn't last all the way through the end of FP1, as another red flag, caused by Logan Sargeant, brought an early end to the first practice session of the weekend. The Williams driver suffered an electrical issue to his car, which the team is currently looking at. The session was therefore red flagged with 4 minutes left on the clock, and, due to the short amount of time remaining, it was not resumed.

Max Verstappen climbed to the top of the timesheets in FP1 in Melbourne, posting a 1:18.709 on the soft compound, with Lewis Hamilton in P2, and Sergio Perez in P3.

Fernando Alonso finished his session in P4, followed by the two Ferrari drivers, with Charles Leclerc leading Carlos Sainz, taking P5 and P6, respectively. Lando Norris managed to end up 7th, despite having some issues in the beginning of the session, which forced him to stay in the McLaren pit box for the first 10 minutes of FP1.

Completing the top 10, Pierre Gasly, George Russell and Lance Stroll took P8, P9 and P10, respectively.

Full FP1 Classification:

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