What we learned from Friday F1 practice at the 2023 Las Vegas GP
The return of Formula 1 to Las Vegas didn’t go well at first, as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz hit a loose water valve cover in the first practice session, causing it to be abandoned after only eight minutes. The organizers of the race, F1 and the FIA, faced criticism for their poor communication and handling of the situation. Despite the setbacks, an extended practice session was eventually held, but without any fans present. Ferrari showed promise with their pace in the second practice session, leading the way on pure speed. However, Red Bull looked strong on the long runs. The incidents involving Sainz and Ocon during FP1 resulted in significant damage to their cars, forcing Alpine and Ferrari to make chassis changes. Overall, it was a challenging start to F1’s return to Vegas after a 41-year absence.