with videoMax Verstappen didn’t show much during the first free practice session at the United States Grand Prix, but he nevertheless came second. Carlos Sainz was the fastest on the track in Austin in his Ferrari.
“There must be something wrong with the car,” Verstappen told his team after his last lap. The world champion complained of his lack of cohesion. Verstappen completed fourteen laps during FP1, leading his rivals by far more on Sainz’s bumpy circuit. The lap was 1.36.857 and Verstappen conceded 0.224 seconds.
After the second free practice, Limburger’s team looked back. “The first free practice was actually very good,” he said on his website. “We tried a few things with the car and fortunately we were in the lead, which is very positive.”
Verstappen wants to claim the record for victories in one year at the remaining four Grands Prix. The Red Bull leader has already won twelve races this season, and Germans Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel set the record with thirteen victories.
Hear Max Verstappen commenting on the radio below:
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez has to move back five places on the starting grid. Red Bull got a new combustion engine, its fifth this season. Drivers who use more than three engines per season will receive a grid penalty.
Verstappen and Pérez are also hoping to win the world constructors’ title in Texas with Red Bull. After the race they must be at least 147 points clear of Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Red Bull is now 165 points ahead of Ferrari.
Watch Max Verstappen’s fastest lap below:
By the way, Verstappen is not popular with Robert Schwartzman. The Israeli replaced Charles Leclerc at Ferrari and wanted to set another fast lap on the final stage. According to Schwartzman, however, Limburger is standing in his way. Watch footage of the accident below:
No fewer than five teams have given a chance to a driver other than the regular drivers to show themselves. So Schwartzman got behind the wheel of a Ferrari, drove the young Frenchman Theo Burchier to Alfa Romeo, allowed Alex Ballou from Spain to prove himself at McLaren, and drove the American Logan Sargeant for Williams. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who has had a permanent Formula 1 seat at Alfa Romeo for the past three years, got his chance at Haas.
However, the 28-year-old Giovinazzi spun after only a few minutes and had to stop the car in the pit box with a broken front wing and clutch. For him, the training ended instantly. The session was halted after a Giovinazzi spin. The Italian finished at the bottom, the four “rookies” took 16th to 19th.
Check out pictures of the Giovinazzi spider below:
View times for the first free practice below:
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