The first session of the weekend at Circuit of The Americas saw Valtteri Bottas top the standings, with teammate Lewis Hamilton in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third.
The Austin-based circuit had made some modifications to the track as the FIA showed concern regarding some bumps which had affected the MotoGP races.
Sergio Pérez was the first car to go out in the session – however, it was quickly red-flagged as Fernando Alonso suffered technical issues with his Alpine, and was told by his engineer to stop the car on track, which needed to be recovered.
The session was back under green conditions with 49 minutes to go, as cars lined up down the pit lane to go out. The first timed lap was set by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, with a time of 1:37.853 – but was quickly deleted for track limits. Red Bull’s Pérez then took the top spot with a 1:37.624.
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Charles Leclerc spun through the backend of the esses and went to the gravel, just avoiding the barriers as he stopped. He was able to get it back going on his own and into the pits, with his medium tires suffering from the incident.
Nikita Mazepin spun down at turn 19 and narrowly avoided the barriers as he went through the gravel. He was able to continue by himself.
At the closing stages of the session, Mick Schumacher had an incident with Pérez. The Mexican hit him from behind as the German closed in through a corner, causing minor damage.
In the end, it was Valtteri Bottas who topped the practice session, with his teammate Lewis Hamilton in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.932|
|7||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||+1.924|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+2.000|
|10||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+2.002|
|13||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+2.098|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+2.108|