Verstappen Holds Off Albon’s Effort to Top Rookie-Filled FP1
Max Verstappen secured the fastest time in the first practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix, narrowly beating his teammate Alexander Albon. The Red Bull driver logged a time of 1m19.718s on soft tires, edging out Lando Norris from the top spot. Norris had briefly surpassed Verstappen after switching to the red-walled tire, setting a time just 0.008s faster than Verstappen’s medium-tyre effort of 1m20.245s.
However, Verstappen quickly responded by reclaiming the top position with an impressive performance on his first run with the soft compound tyres. Albon also showed strong pace, posting the best first sector time as he pushed to challenge Verstappen’s reign at the front of the field.
The rookie-filled FP1 session provided an opportunity for young talents to showcase their skills on the track. With Verstappen and Albon leading the way, the new generation of drivers displayed their potential to compete with the established stars in Formula 1.
As the session concluded, Verstappen held onto his position at the top, fending off Albon’s late efforts to surpass him. The intra-team battle between the two Red Bull drivers added an exciting dynamic to the practice session and set the stage for what promises to be a thrilling weekend of racing in Mexico.