F1 results: FP1 timings from British Grand Prix practice

Jamie Woodhouse
Silverstone branding at the track. England, July 2023.

The Silverstone name displayed at the circuit. England, July 2023.

Max Verstappen comfortably headed a Red Bull one-two, though their closest challenger being Williams’ Alex Albon was the outlier of the session.

Verstappen very much built himself up through the session, his final attempt on the soft tyre giving him a four-tenth advantage over team-mate Sergio Perez.

It was Albon’s effort on the softs though, Perez only 0.04s up the road, which meant plenty of eyes will be on Williams heading into FP2.

Even though he felt like was “driving on ice” during the opening 20 minutes of the session on the hard tyres, Verstappen was having little trouble laying down the daunting times, Carlos Sainz just about squeezing within a second of the World Championship leader.

Nyck de Vries meanwhile would clearly have liked some extra grip as he became the first spinner of the session down at Turn 7.

Heading into the second-half of the session though and it was Sainz upping the pace as he bolted on the soft rubber to clock a 1:29.357, now half a second up on Verstappen. Charles Leclerc joined Sainz at the front to make it a Ferrari one-two at that stage, 0.06s down on his team-mate.

It was not such a happy story for home hero Lewis Hamilton though, who complained of bouncing issues with the Mercedes W14.

No such problems it seemed for Verstappen, who having seen Alpine’s Esteban Ocon mix it up with the Ferraris, went and blew them all out of the water once more with a 1:28.836 once he switched to the soft rubber, establishing a buffer north of four-tenths.

That advantage was soon halved by a surprise candidate, that being Williams’ Albon, who delivered an effort just over two-tenths shy of Verstappen on the soft compound. Perez made it a Red Bull one-two once more as he cleared Albon by 0.04s.

Verstappen went on to find another two-tenths to re-establish his advantage over the pack.

FP1 timings

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:28.600
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +0.448
3 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.489
4 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +0.668
5 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.680
6 Esteban OCON Alpine +0.719
7 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +0.757
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.841
9 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +0.871
10 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +1.058
11 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri +1.091
12 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +1.168
13 Pierre GASLY Alpine +1.228
14 George RUSSELL Mercedes +1.274
15 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +1.490
16 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +1.492
17 Logan SARGEANT Williams +1.524
18 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo +1.721
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.785
20 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +1.991