Alexander Albon quickest, then crashes, in rain-affected Brazilian GP FP1

Alexander Albon crashes in Brazil

Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon set the pace during a rain-hit opening practice for Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix, before crashing late on.

Heavy rain through the morning left the Interlagos Circuit surface treacherous early on, before drivers eventually discarded Wet tyres for Intermediates.

Albon set a time of 1:16.142s on Intermediates but ended his session in the barriers at Juncao upon switching to dry tyres.

Several drivers took on slicks for the final five minutes of running but Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat both spun, before Albon slid wide through the left-hander and was helpless to prevent his car from skating across the gravel and into the wall.

Albon’s crash brought out the red flags with two minutes of the session, meaning no-one was able to improve, sealing his place at the top of the timesheets.

Albon’s time left him 0.551s clear of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel classified third, ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc has taken on a fresh Spec 3 Internal Combustion Engine for this weekend's event and he will start 10 places back from wherever he qualifies, with stewards duly confirming the penalty during the session.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was fifth, in front of Renault pair Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo, the Toro Rossos of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, while Sainz Jr.’s team-mate Lando Norris capped the top 10.

Nicholas Latifi replaced Robert Kubica for his sixth and final FP1 session with Williams and classified as the slowest of the 16 drivers who set a time.

Verstappen and newly-crowned World Champion Lewis Hamilton were among the four drivers who did not set a timed lap in the session.

Second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix will begin at 15:00 local time

Brazil - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Flag   Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:16.142 9
2 Flag   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.693 0.551 10
3 Flag   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.041 0.899 13
4 Flag   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.285 1.143 13
5 Flag   Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.786 1.644 16
6 Flag   Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.899 1.757 8
7 Flag   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.985 1.843 9
8 Flag   Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.100 1.958 17
9 Flag   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18.274 2.132 16
10 Flag   Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.559 2.417 15
11 Flag   George Russell Williams 1:18.779 2.637 18
12 Flag   Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.247 3.105 10
13 Flag   Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.414 3.272 6
14 Flag   Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:19.532 3.390 12
15 Flag   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:19.600 3.458 18
16 Flag   Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:20.010 3.868 16
17 Flag   Romain Grosjean Haas 3
18 Flag   Sergio Perez Racing Point 1
19 Flag   Max Verstappen Red Bull 3
20 Flag   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3