FP1: Verstappen sets benchmark in opening practice as Sargeant crashes out

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Japan, Circuit Suzukajp

Having retired with brakes issues from the Australian Grand Prix, reigning champion Max Verstappen bounced back in the opening session at the Japanese Grand Prix to set the benchmark ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez and Melbourne race winner Carlos Sainz.

The opening one-hour session in Suzuka saw the majority of the drivers complete their first run on the medium tyres with only the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers and Haas racer Kevin Magnussen opting for the hard tyres.

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11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:30.05618
211Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:30.237+0.181s18
355Carlos SainzFerrari1:30.269+0.213s20
463George RussellMercedes1:30.530+0.474s18
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.543+0.487s23
616Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.558+0.502s18
714Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.599+0.543s20
881Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:31.165+1.109s23
922Yuki TsunodaRb Honda Rbpt1:31.230+1.174s20
104Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:31.240+1.184s22
1131Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:31.935+1.879s19
1223Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.943+1.887s18
1327Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:31.958+1.902s19
1477Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:32.054+1.998s17
1518Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:32.055+1.999s17
1640Ayumu IwasaRb Honda Rbpt1:32.103+2.047s22
1710Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:32.277+2.221s23
1824Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:32.638+2.582s18
1920Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:32.803+2.747s21
202Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:33.204+3.148s10