United States Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz fastest in first practice


The US Grand Prix is ​​live on 5 Live and on the BBC Sport website

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz led Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in first practice for the United States Grand Prix.

Sainz was 0.224 seconds faster than the Dutchman, who took his second title at the last race in Japan.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was third, 0.475s off the pace, as the team assessed new parts as the team hopes to move closer to the front.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was fourth, ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso’s Alpine.

Perez will face a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race, taking a new internal combustion engine for exceeding the permitted allowance for engine parts. Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu is in the same position.

Mercedes driver George Russell was seventh fastest and McLaren’s Lando Norris was ninth.

The session was characterized by a number of teams running unusual drivers as they qualify to offer the first two practice sessions to give F1 hopefuls a chance.

Russian-Israeli Robert Schwatzman was 16th, replacing Charles Leclerc at Ferrari, Indycar driver Alex Palou behind Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren, Theo Pourchaire at Alfa Romeo and American Logan Sargeant at Williams, of which he is a supporter. drive next season.

Former Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi’s slim hopes of driving for Haas were dashed when he crashed on his second lap and was unable to participate further in the session.

The Italian was driving Kevin Magnussen’s car. Danish team-mate Mick Schumacher is competing with former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg for the second seat in 2023.

The second session at 5pm local time (11pm UK) will be dedicated to the Pirelli tire test.

The weekend so far has been dominated by Red Bull breaking the budget cap in 2021.

The FIA ​​governing body has offered Red Bull an Accepted Infringement Agreement (ABA), meaning acceptance of guilt and a penalty, the details of which are confidential.

Red Bull, who believe they were within the cap, have yet to say whether they will accept the ABA or challenge the FIA’s stance.

Team boss Christian Horner met FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem after practice to discuss the matter. The dispute broke down after a few minutes and Red Bull said there was still no solution.