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Verstappen Leads the Pack in Turbulent Practice Session – Gasly’s Alpine caught fire



Azerbaijan F1 2023 Fp Gasly Alpine caught fire

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, reigning World Champion Max Verstappen showcased his dominance, narrowly outpacing Charles Leclerc. As Formula 1 roared back to life after its spring hiatus, teams and drivers faced unexpected challenges and thrilling moments in Baku, setting the stage for an exhilarating weekend of racing.

Throughout a disrupted single practice session in Azerbaijan, World Champion Max Verstappen took the lead over Charles Leclerc, while Alpine faced a significant setback.

Following the spring break due to the cancellation and non-replacement of the Chinese round, Formula 1 resumed with only one practice session in Baku, preceding the qualifying round and the new Saturday Sprint Shootout.

In 2022, Verstappen emerged victorious in Azerbaijan and during the final moments of this session, he clocked a time of 1:42.315s on Soft tires, outpacing Ferrari’s Leclerc by a mere 0.037s.

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, teammates of Verstappen and Leclerc respectively, secured third and fourth positions.

Lando Norris of McLaren placed an optimistic fifth in the enhanced MCL60, while AlphaTauri’s rookie, Nyck de Vries, made an impressive sixth-place finish.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll took seventh place, with Fernando Alonso following in eighth.


Alonso faced a DRS problem during the session and switched to Medium tires for his final push, while most competitors opted for Softs.

Alpine had a difficult session with limited running on their upgraded A523. Gasly experienced hydraulic pressure loss in the first sector and tried to bring the smoking A523 back to the pit lane. However, he halted at Turn 11 as the fire intensified, and marshals eventually attended to the smoking car. The practice was red-flagged, with the recovery process taking up nearly a quarter of the session’s total time.

The difficulties for Alpine persisted, with Esteban Ocon sitting out the remainder of the session as an investigation into a problem at his car’s rear end took place.

At the same time as Gasly’s failure, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen encountered a fuel pressure loss problem, leaving him with limited running time as well.

Mercedes experienced a subdued session, with both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell reporting brake issues during the initial phase of the run. They avoided using Soft tires and ultimately finished in 11th and 17th positions, respectively.

Yuki Tsunoda and Logan Sargeant faced challenges during the session as well. Tsunoda grazed the exit wall at Turn 3, causing him to spin and damaging his right-rear wheel; however, he managed to return to the pit lane at a slow pace for repairs. Sargeant encountered a front wing problem while braking for Turn 1 but was also able to bring his car back to the pit lane for examination.


Outcomes from the Friday practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship.

1Max VerstappenNEDOracle Red Bull Racing1m42.315s
2Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1m42.352s
3Sergio PerezMEXOracle Bull Racing1m42.454s
4Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari1m42.899s
5Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m43.125s
6Nyck de VriesNEDScuderia AlphaTauri1m43.414s
7Lance StrollCANAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team1m43.455s
8Fernando AlonsoESPAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team1m43.560s
9Alex AlbonTHAWilliams Racing1m43.628s
10Zhou GuanyuCHNAlfa Romeo F1 Team Stake1m43.748s
11Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1m43.798s
12Oscar PiastriAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m43.980s
13Valtteri BottasFINAlfa Romeo F1 Team Stake1m44.010s
14Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri1m44.137s
15Nico HulkenbergGERMoneyGram Haas F1 Team1m44.323s
16Logan SargeantUSAWilliams Racing1m44.900s
17George RussellGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1m45.082s
18Esteban OconFRABWT Alpine F1 Team1m45.955s
19Pierre GaslyFRABWT Alpine F1 Team1m46.321s
20Kevin MagnussenDENMoneyGram Haas F1 Team1m47.498s

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