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2023 F1 Las Vegas GP results: Leclerc fastest in practice

Marshals load the damaged car of Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, onto a truck

Leclerc set the early pace in Free Practice 1, which was curtailed after only eight minutes due to a water valve cover working loose and smashing the bottom of team-mate Carlos Sainz’s car.

He also paced FP2 with a fastest time of 1m35.265s, after a lengthy delay while repairs were conducted to the track.

Las Vegas GP FP1 results: Leclerc fastest from Hulkenberg

What happened in Las Vegas GP Free Practice 1?

The hugely anticipated first running on the new 3.9-mile street track didn’t last long. The water valve cover issue that sidelined Sainz’s car brought the session to an early end after just eight minutes.

Sainz’s Ferrari crawled to a halt between the Bellagio and Paris hotels on the Strip, his onboard camera showing that his car had been rendered immobile by an impact from something on the track.

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Marshals load the damaged car of Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, onto a truck

The Ferrari’s chassis, floor and battery were damaged in the impact, as the concrete frame of the water valve cover was ripped up by the force of F1 cars running over it at high speed. The Alpine of Esteban Ocon was also damaged, as it was his car that flicked up the cover.

Valtteri Bottas had set the first timed lap of the track, with a 1m50.227s, but the benchmark swiftly fell with Leclerc working down to 1m40.909s before the red flag.

The Haas duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen were next up, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ocon.

Las Vegas GP FP2 results: Leclerc fastest from Sainz

Cla   Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Delay   Laps 
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’35.265   39
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’35.782 0.517 39
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’35.793 0.528 38
11 Sergio Perez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1’36.085 0.820 36
77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’36.129 0.864 36
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1’36.183 0.918 37
27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’36.489 1.224 33
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’36.496 1.231 41
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’36.663 1.398 42
10  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1’36.688 1.423 42
11  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’36.864 1.599 33
12  63 George Russell Mercedes 1’36.890 1.625 37
13  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’36.917 1.652 37
14  81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’36.987 1.722 35
15  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’37.134

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