Lewis Hamilton comfortably leads wet opening US Grand Prix practice session

Lewis Hamilton comfortably led the way during a wet first practice session for Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver clocked a time of 1:47.502 in dreary conditions at the Circuit of the Americas, with Intermediates preferred after a brief early stint on Full Wets.

Hamilton’s time left him 1.3 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, as he cemented a sizeable advantage in the tricky conditions, despite completing just six laps.

Max Verstappen finished just 0.041s down on Bottas to take third, with Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo almost half a second further back in fourth spot.

Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel was fifth, almost two seconds behind the Mercedes driver, having had two minor off-track moments, while Kimi Raikkonen evaluated a new floor on the SF71H and placed sixth.

Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was the quickest midfield runner, three seconds behind Hamilton, as he wound up seventh, with Romain Grosjean eighth on Haas’ home soil.

Charles Leclerc caused the session to be halted when he dragged gravel onto the circuit with a wide moment through Turn 9, prompting officials to deem the surface needed cleaning, but he recovered to place ninth.

Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson completed the top 10, edging McLaren pair Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris, who had another FP1 run ahead of his 2019 debut.

Pierre Gasly was 13th, in front of Sergio Perez, Sergey Sirotkin, Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Ocon, who took to the track after Force India opted to shift Nicholas Latifi’s FP1 run to Abu Dhabi.

Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Sean Gelael – having his first practice outing of the year with Toro Rosso – capped the 20 runners.

Friday’s second 90-minute practice session is scheduled for 14:00 local time

United States - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Flag   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:47.502 6
2 Flag   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:48.806 1.304 7
3 Flag   Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:48.847 1.345 9
4 Flag   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:49.326 1.824 9
5 Flag   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:49.486 1.984 18
6 Flag   Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:49.928 2.426 20
7 Flag   Carlos Sainz Renault 1:50.665 3.163 8
8 Flag   Romain Grosjean Haas 1:50.821 3.319 10
9 Flag   Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:50.961 3.459 14
10 Flag   Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:51.016 3.514 14
11 Flag   Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:51.036 3.534 9
12 Flag   Lando Norris McLaren 1:51.232 3.730 9
13 Flag   Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:51.234 3.732 19
14 Flag   Sergio Perez RP Force India 1:51.459 3.957 18
15 Flag   Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:51.589 4.087 14
16 Flag   Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:51.614 4.112 15
17 Flag   Esteban Ocon RP Force India 1:51.655 4.153 17
18 Flag   Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:51.717 4.215 7
19 Flag   Lance Stroll Williams 1:51.896 4.394 14
20 Flag   Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1:52.625 5.123 21