Formula 1 2022 results – United States Grand Prix: FP1

Thomas Maher
Ferrari's Carlos Sainz on track at the United States Grand Prix. Austin, October 2022.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz on track at the United States Grand Prix. Austin, October 2022.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz set the pace in the first practice session in the United States, where five stand-in drivers had their chance to make an impression.

The Spaniard put in a 1:36.857 on the soft compound Pirellis, pipping Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by a quarter of a second – the Dutch driver falling short of the top time after being two-tenths up through the first two sectors on his fastest lap.

However, a messy final sector meant Verstappen was left in second place, a further quarter-second clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in third spot.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was fourth in what was a strong session for the team, as Sebastian Vettel also finished in a ‘points position’ in 10th place.

Sergio Perez, who will serve a grid penalty this weekend due to a new engine being fitted to his Red Bull, was fifth, ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ George Russell.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was eighth, while Lando Norris led McLaren’s charge in ninth place – just under a second off the pace set by Sainz.

New drivers make an impression

Five teams ran different drivers to usual, with four of them putting in junior drivers as the rules dictate two such sessions before the end of the season.

Ferrari ran Robert Shwartzman instead of Charles Leclerc, finishing two seconds off the pace set by Sainz. McLaren’s Alex Palou, in for Daniel Ricciardo, was 17th, a further second behind, having had an impressive session to match Norris’ pace in the early stages – he didn’t get a chance to put in a fast lap on the soft tyre, unlike Norris.

Theo Pourchaire, driving Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo, was 18th – he also didn’t get a chance to run the soft tyre. Home hero Logan Sargeant was 19th for Williams, as the final rookie.

Haas ran Antonio Giovinazzi instead of Kevin Magnussen but, due to his three years experience as an F1 driver, he doesn’t qualify as a junior – he was given the session in an apparent audition for the 2023 race seat alongside the Danish driver. However, Giovinazzi crashed his car early on and picked up front wing damage and a cooked clutch – the gearbox on the Haas will need replacing before FP2 as a result.

You can read PlanetF1’s full FP1 report here.

FP1 results: 2022 United States Grand Prix First Practice

  1. 1. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:36.857
  2. 2. Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.224
  3. 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.475
  4. 4. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.603
  5. 5. Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.658
  6. 6. Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.856
  7. 7. George Russell Mercedes +0.945
  8. 8. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0.953
  9. 9. Lando Norris McLaren +0.999
  10. 10. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.184
  11. 11. Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.245
  12. 12. Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.419
  13. 13. Alex Albon Williams +1.565
  14. 14. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.041
  15. 15. Mick Schumacher Haas +2.065
  16. 16. Robert Shwartzman Ferrari +2.094
  17. 17. Alex Palou McLaren +3.054
  18. 18. Theo Pourchaire Alfa Romeo +3.318
  19. 19. Logan Sargeant Williams +3.468
  20. 20. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +6.206

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