2024 Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 results

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz in the SF-24, visor up.

Carlos Sainz was back in action in FP1 for the Australian GP.

Lando Norris pipped the late-charging Max Verstappen to P1 in the opening practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

It was a closely-contested hour with the top nine separated by just 0.209s.

Lando Norris pips Max Verstappen to P1

Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen all had a turn at the top of the timesheets during Friday’s opening practice hour for the Australian Grand Prix.

But when all was said and done, and after a red flag stoppage, it was Norris who was on top of the timesheet by 0.018s.

Norris on the soft tyres led the way on the halfway mark with a 1:18.564, which put him a tenth up on Verstappen while Yuki Tsunoda was the quickest driver on the mediums in third place.

The session was red-flagged as Alex Albon crashed through Turns 6/7/8, spewing debris all over the track.

Once the marshals had cleared that up, there was a nine-minute window for the drivers to put in their final laps for the session.

Norris ended quickest with a 1:18.564, Verstappen was second, 0.018s seconds down, and George Russell third.

Carlos Sainz, returning to the grid after appendectomy surgery, was eighth quickest while F1’s Australian drivers were 10th and 11th with Oscar Piastri ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

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FP1 First Practice Results – 2024 Australian Grand Prix

1 Lando NORRIS 1:18.564 soft
2 Max VERSTAPPEN +0.018 soft
3 George RUSSELL +0.033 soft
4 Charles LECLERC +0.035 soft
5 Yuki TSUNODA +0.057 medium
6 Sergio PEREZ +0.078 soft
7 Lance STROLL +0.103 medium
8 Carlos SAINZ +0.122 soft
9 Lewis HAMILTON +0.207 soft
10 Oscar PIASTRI +0.354 medium
11 Daniel RICCIARDO +0.710 soft
12 Alexander ALBON +0.879 soft
13 Kevin MAGNUSSEN +0.925 medium
14 Logan SARGEANT +0.955 medium
15 Esteban OCON +0.997 soft
16 Nico HULKENBERG +1.040 medium
17 Pierre GASLY +1.058 soft
18 Fernando ALONSO +1.152 soft
19 Guanyu ZHOU +1.425 medium
20 Valtteri BOTTAS +1.450 medium

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