Formula 1 2022 results – Japanese Grand Prix: FP1

Jamie Woodhouse
Fernando Alonso is interviewed. Monza September 2022.

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso looks on during an interview. Monza September 2022.

Fernando Alonso was back atop the timesheets at Suzuka as he set the pace in a wet FP1 session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rain was forecast and arrived for the first day of Formula 1 track action at Suzuka since 2019, and it was Alonso who got the best out of those conditions.

During a brief window as the rain eased off, the track ramped up with Alonso setting the 1:43.2 P1 time, ahead of the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen was the first to take the plunge five minutes into the session, quickly followed by Yuki Tsunoda, contesting a home race in Formula 1 in the first time.

“There’s a couple of rivers after Sector 1,” Tsunoda reported after that scouting mission.

But as Lance Stroll claimed that the track did not have much standing water, Leclerc was also suggesting that intermediate tyres could be the way to go. A 1:49.1 from Leclerc gave the first benchmark of the session.

Sainz and Lando Norris were reporting all was not well with their respective power units as the session approached halfway, while Max Verstappen moved onto the inters, but with both Ferrari and Red Bull expecting the rain to pick up again, time was of the essence.

Verstappen delivered though with a 1:44.0, smashing Sainz’s time by just under 3.7 seconds. Ocon set a 1:43.0 to take over P1 as the track ramped up ahead of the next bout of rain.

The rain was really coming down again, but Leclerc and Sainz were still finding time, Alonso ruining their battle for P1 with a 1:42.2 to go fastest.

Soon though the extra standing water took effect, the action falling quiet as the rain began to lash down once more. There was a late flurry at the end, which saw Schumacher hitting the wall and inflicting heavy damage.

You can read the full FP1 report here.

FP1 times

1 Fernando ALONSO Alpine1:42.248
2 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+0.315
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.386
4 Esteban OCON Alpine+0.774
5 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+1.010
6 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing+1.114
7 Mick SCHUMACHER Haas F1 Team+1.513s
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren+1.641
9 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+1.721
10 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+1.986
11 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+2.181
12 Daniel RICCIARDO McLaren+2.238
13 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+2.310
14 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+2.322
15 Alexander ALBON Williams+2.543
16 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri+2.630
17 Nicholas LATIFI Williams+3.176
18 George RUSSELL Mercedes+3.855
19 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri+3.944
20 Sebastian VETTEL Aston Martin+5.842