Chinese GP: Max fourth fastest in FP1
Published on 12 April 2019 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the opening session of the Chinese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was quickest around the Shanghai International Circuit, followed by reigning champion Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. Vettel’s team mate, Charles Leclerc, completed the top three.
At the start of the session, Sebastian Vettel is the first driver to take to the track for an installation lap. In the following few minutes, all drivers, bar the Mercedes, follow the German’s lead.
For a first timed run, the fans have to wait for twenty minutes. Robert Kubica is the first driver to clock a lap. The Mercedes soon follow with times that propel them to the top of the table. Max sits in third after his first effort.
After the first set of Pirellis are handed back to the Italian tyre manufacturer, it is one again a Williams that takes to the track first. This time it is rookie George Russell. Meanwhile, Alfa Romeos frustrations grow as Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to set a time, with his mechanics working hard to get the Alfa out on the circuit.
With twenty minutes to go, Max clocks his fastest time of the session (1:34.334)) using a brand new set of the soft Pirellis. Ultimately, his effort is good enough for P4.
In the closing stages, it gets busy on track with most drivers opting for another run another, often longer, run on a used set of tyres. This does not result in quicker lap times but useful mileage into log-run pace is gained.
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|4||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:34.334||+0.423s||20|
|7||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:35.428||+1.517s||23|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||KVY||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:35.447||+1.536s||24|
|9||Lance Stroll||STR||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:35.466||+1.555s||25|
|10||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:35.507||+1.596s||24|
|11||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:35.517||+1.606s||25|
|13||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Renault||1:35.631||+1.720s||24|
|14||Alexander Albon||ALB||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:35.695||+1.784s||26|
|15||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:35.729||+1.818s||23|
|16||Carlos Sainz||SAI||McLaren Renault||1:35.756||+1.845s||24|
|17||Sergio Perez||PER||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:35.820||+1.909s||24|
|18||Robert Kubica||KUB||Williams Mercedes||1:36.847||+2.936s||27|
|19||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||1:37.619||+3.708s||28|
|20||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||---||2|