FP1: Verstappen edges Alonso and Hamilton in opening practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Netherlands, Circuit Park Zandvoortnl

Home hero Max Verstappen ended the opening practice session at the Dutch Grand Prix on top of the leaderboard, beating Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton.

Championship runaway leader Max Verstappen, who won the Dutch Grand Prix in the last two years, kicked off his weekend on home soil in perfect style as he ended up fastest after the opening 60 minutes of running. The Dutchman led the way early on in the session on the hard compound before setting a benchmark of 1m11.852s on Pirelli's red-walled soft compound.

With his Aston Martin sporting a heavily revised floor at Zandvoort, Fernando Alonso finished the practice second fastest, only three tenths of a second slower than the reigning champion. His team-mate Lance Stroll failed to set a timed lap as he was forced to limp back to the pit on his installation lap due to a suspected issue to the power unit of his car.

Using an updated floor this weekend, Lewis Hamilton appeared to be very competitive both on hards and softs, setting the third-fastest lap time in the end. His team-mate George Russell, who struggled for pace in final F1 rounds before the summer break, ended up only 9th fastest.

Ferrari displayed low-key performance in the opening session. Charles Leclerc finished down in P16, only using the hard and the medium compound, putting his focus on heavy fuel performance in the dying stages of the session.

At the other side of the Ferrari garage, it was Robert Shwartzman to climb behind the wheel as the Russo-Israeli took over the car of Carlos Sainz for the opening 60-minute session. The former F3 champion concentrated on the hard compound before setting the 19th fastest lap on Pirelli's yellow-sided mediums.

The session was red-flagged with 17 minutes left on the clock after Nico Hulkenberg lost the back of his Haas at Turn 14 and spun off. The gravel trap did a good job to scrub his speed, but he touched the barriers with the brand-new front wing of his Haas picking up damage.


11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:11.85231
214Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:12.130+0.278s22
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.225+0.373s24
411Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:12.323+0.471s27
523Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:12.447+0.595s25
64Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:12.460+0.608s22
72Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:12.617+0.765s30
881Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:12.658+0.806s21
922Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:12.749+0.897s21
1031Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:12.802+0.950s29
1163George RussellMercedes1:12.813+0.961s23
1210Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:12.895+1.043s30
133Daniel RicciardoAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:12.990+1.138s26
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:13.322+1.470s30
1577Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.448+1.596s30
1616Charles LeclercFerrari1:13.519+1.667s26
1724Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.826+1.974s20
1827Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:14.023+2.171s13
1939Robert ShwartzmanFerrari1:14.803+2.951s25
2018Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes2