WATCH: Ride onboard with Verstappen for the fastest lap of Friday practice in Spain
Max Verstappen followed up his Monaco victory by leading the way during Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, topping both FP1 and FP2 en route to a new record time around the revised Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
With the track now featuring a high-speed final section, replacing the chicane used from 2007 to 2022, Verstappen pumped in a 1m 14.606s in first practice, followed by a 1m 13.907s in the second session to set the early benchmark.
Verstappen’s time is the fastest ever lap of the chicane-less layout in an official F1 session, beating the pole position time posted by Fernando Alonso – coincidentally his nearest rival on Friday – back in 2006.
Watch the footage of Friday’s quickest effort in the video player above.