The Qatar Grand Prix is already starting slowly, and today the training sessions were run. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen achieved the best time in free practice before the Qatar Grand Prix, the 17th race of this year's Formula 1 championship.
Perhaps completely expected, but the constant good form of this driver from the Netherlands really seems impressive. Verstappen, who can already win his third consecutive title on Saturday, completed the fastest lap on the "Losail" track in a time of 1:27.428 minutes.
It was even, probably Verstappen left his best skills for the main race. However, even this was enough for him for the best time. The closest to Verstappen was Carlos Sainz junior in Ferrari, with 334 thousandths behind, while the third was Charles Leclerc.
Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso was within half a second of Verstappen. Great results from other drivers promise us a good race.
Most of the drivers did well in this training race, we hope that they will perform at the same pace in the main race.
Given that there is also a sprint race in Qatar, the first practice was also the only free one, and there was not much excitement during it. However, Yuki Tsunoda caused a surprise, who in Alfa Tauri's car was sixth, six tenths of a second behind Verstappen.
Yuki Tsunoda drives better and better and if he continues like this he will surely be side by side with the best of the best. The second driver of Red Bull Sergio Perez had the fifth time, and behind him and Tsunoda were Niko Hilkenberg in the car of Haas and George Russell, who defends the colors of Mercedes.
The top ten was completed by the McLaren duo Oskar Pjastri and Lando Norris. All the drivers seem to be very motivated. Judging by the preparatory and training races, this will be a very exciting Grand Prix. By all accounts, this will be an uncertain race. Considering the track in Qatar, which is suitable for fast driving, a very attractive race is expected.