Sergio 'Checo' Pérez and Max Verstappen corrected in time so that it was not a disastrous practice 1 of the 2023 F1 Qatar Grand Prix. They suffered throughout the session and after the adjustments that Red Bull made to their cars, in the final stretch they improved their times, where the Mexican finished fifth and the Dutchman was the fastest on the Lusail circuit.
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The Red Bull drivers were not comfortable in the first half hour of practice 1, with Max Verstappen being the one who positioned himself best by placing himself in third place, while the Mexican came to occupy seventh place.
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George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso alternated in first position throughout the first 30 minutes.
'Checo' Pérez He entered the pits to change his helmet and improve visibility on the Lusail circuit.
Now at race pace, the times improved. Oscar Piastri surpassed Fernando Alonso's record with 1:28.380, Max Verstappen was fifth and Sergio 'Checo' Pérez in 12th place. The McLaren team showed strength when Lando Norris placed second.
With less than 20 minutes left in the session, Red Bull made adjustments to its cars and kept its cars in the pits.
With medium tires and with less than 15 minutes left to finish practice, Charles Leclerc recorded the best time with 1:28.104.
Fernando Alonso dominated sector 3 and displaced Leclerc's time to leave it at 1:27.919.
With less than seven minutes to see the checkered flag, 'Checo' Pérez and Verstappen took to the track again, now on soft tires. Red Bull's effort paid off, with the Dutchman being the fastest with 1:27.428, while the Mexican rose to third position, remaining +0.588 behind his teammate.
The Ferraris returned to the top. Carlos Sainz took second position and Charles Leclerc third, moving Fernando Alonso to fourth place and Sergio Pérez to fifth.
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