FP1 at the Las Vegas Grand Prix Ended After 9 Minutes

November 16, 2023Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend did not get off to a great start for anyone. Nine minutes into FP1 a manhole encloser came loose on the main straight which impacted the bottom of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. Sainz was told to shut down the car immediately and his session was ended. Shortly after the FIA stewards cancelled the session for safety concerns.

FP2 will begin in 2 hours time. The session will be crucial for data. Many of the drivers did not get a chance to set one lap. Some drivers were still warming their tires. The drivers who headed out early logged 5 laps before the red flag came out. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was the fastest in the session; 2.5 seconds faster to the Haas of Nico Hulkenberg. 3.3 seconds behind was the No. 20 Haas of Kevin Magnussen in third. Max Verstappen (Redbull) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) rounded out the top 5.

The extent of the damage to Sainz’s car is not yet known. We will report back regarding any updates that may affect FP2.

Full Las Vegas Grand Prix FP1 Results

116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:40.9094
227Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:43.446+2.537s4
320Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:44.261+3.352s4
41Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:44.397+3.488s4
531Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:45.365+4.456s5
663George RussellMERCEDES1:45.497+4.588s4
755Carlos SainzFERRARI1:45.824+4.915s4
822Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:45.908+4.999s5
911Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:46.793+5.884s4
1077Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:47.147+6.238s5
1110Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:48.253+7.344s5
1244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:48.513+7.604s4
133Daniel RicciardoALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:48.650+7.741s4
1424Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:48.822+7.913s5
154Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:48.947+8.038s3
1781Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES2
1823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES2