Event: Australian Grand Prix
Track: Albert Park Circuit

Weather: dry 18.4°C
Tarmac: dry  34.0°C
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 3.6 km/h South

In an exhilarating display of skill and speed, the Australian Grand Prix has once again captivated Formula 1 enthusiasts worldwide, marking an impressive third round of the 24-race 2024 season. Melbourne's Albert Park, known for its scenic yet challenging circuit, witnessed a flurry of action that kept fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

The practice sessions provided a glimpse into the competitive spirit and engineering prowess of the teams. Lando Norris of McLaren emerged as a surprise frontrunner, topping the first practice session (FP1) timesheets, narrowly outpacing Max Verstappen, the reigning champion, by a mere 0.018 seconds. George Russell also showed formidable pace, hinting at an intense battle looming ahead.

However, the sessions were not devoid of drama. Alex Albon's unfortunate crash, resulting from an overzealous kerb encounter, led to a red flag, adding an extra layer of suspense and urgency to the proceedings. His mishap underscored the unforgiving nature of the circuit, reminding everyone of the fine line between triumph and tribulation in Formula 1.

Williams faced a race against time to repair Albon's car, highlighting the team's resilience and commitment. Meanwhile, other drivers, including Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, and Fernando Alonso, experienced their share of challenges, with off-track excursions hinting at the demanding conditions and the circuit's tricky nature.

Halfway the session the top 10 was: 1. Lando Norris - 1:18.564 (S), 2. Max Verstappen +0.106 (S), 3. Yuki Tsunoda +0.496 (M), 4. Charles Leclerc +0.546 (S), 5. Sergio Pérez +0.644 (S), 6. Lance Stroll +0.700 (M), 7. Daniel Ricciardo +0.710 (M), 8. Oscar Piastri +0.814 (M), 9. Carlos Sainz +0.874 (M) & 10. Alex Albon +0.879 (M).

As the teams regrouped and strategized for the upcoming sessions, the anticipation built up, setting the stage for what promised to be a thrilling weekend of racing. The blend of experienced champions and ambitious newcomers, the technical nuances of the cars, and the unpredictable dynamics of the Albert Park circuit all contributed to an electrifying atmosphere, setting a perfect backdrop for the grand spectacle of the Australian Grand Prix.

With the stakes higher than ever and the competition fiercer, the Australian Grand Prix once again affirmed its status as a highlight of the Formula 1 calendar, offering a compelling narrative of speed, skill, and strategy that continues to enthral fans and participants alike.

The quickest sector times during this first practice for the 2024 Australian F1 GP were:

  • Sector 1: 27.116 sec by Lando Norris (McLaren MCL38)
  • Sector 2: 17.701 sec by Lance Stroll (Aston Martin AMR24)
  • Sector 3: 33.320 sec by Carlos Sainz (Ferrar SF-24)

Last year's fastest lap in FP1 was clocked at 1:18.790 by Max Verstappen, skilfully manoeuvring his Red Bull RB19 around the demanding track.

FP1 Times Table 2024 Australian GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18,564 23 S
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:18,582 +0,018s 19 S
3 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:18,597 +0,033s 21 S
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18,599 +0,035s 22 S
5 22 Yuki Tsunoda Racing Bulls 1:18,621 +0,057s 26 S
6 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:18,642 +0,078s 23 S
7 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:18,667 +0,103s 26 S
8 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:18,686 +0,122s 23 S
9 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18,771 +0,207s 20 S
10 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:18,918 +0,354s 25 S
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo Racing Bulls 1:19,274 +0,710s 25 M
12 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:19,443 +0,879s 11 M
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19,489 +0,925s 21 S
14 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:19,519 +0,955s 22 S
15 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:19,561 +0,997s 25 M
16 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:19,604 +1,040s 21 S
17 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:19,622 +1,058s 25 S
18 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:19,716 +1,152s 16 S
19 24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber 1:19,989 +1,425s 23 S
20 77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber 1:20,014 +1,450s 21 M

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