Good first practice session for the two Spanish Formula 1 drivers. Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr. left good feelings in this Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia , the penultimate test before the end of this season of the motorsport championship. The Asturian always stayed among the first wheels and set a time of 1: 29.441 after a great lap in the first sector, where he flew with his Alpine . Something behind was finally the Madrid native with his Ferrari , in seventh position with a time of 1: 29: 589 , even behind his teammates Charles Leclerc , who had a very serious accident almost at the end of free practice.
The best was again Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes , who set the fastest lap in Saudi Arabia after stopping the clock just above 1:29, in 1: 29: 018. The Briton has decided to turn the World Cup around in these last two races against a Max Verstappen who is seeing how he is cutting him point by point in recent weeks, putting the championship in jeopardy. The Dutchman was fourth with a time of 1: 29.213. Valtteri Bottas was second, scoring 1: 29: 079 , and in third place Pierre Gasly finished with his AlphaTauri, which continues to speak with a time of 1: 29: 099.
Seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was the fastest this Friday, ahead of his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, in the second free practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the twenty-first and penultimate of the Formula One World Championship. One, which takes place on the Jeddah street circuit and which ended a few minutes earlier than planned, with a red flag, due to the accident – without major physical consequences – of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).
On his best lap, Hamilton covered the 6,175 meters of the track – with 27 corners – in one minute, 29 seconds and 18 thousandths, 61 less than Bottas, also with a medium tire, in a night session, played under artificial light, in the that the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – world leader, with eight points of advantage (351.5 against 343.5) on the English – marked the fourth time, with soft, 195 thousandths of the British seven-time champion.
Free practice will be completed this Saturday, hours before qualifying; that will order the grid for the Sunday race, scheduled for 50 laps, to complete a route of 308.7 kilometers.