In the Formula 1 World Championship on Friday 3 December Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the two sessions held on the opening day of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix practice at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
The highest class of international auto racing for single-seater Formula One has for the first time in history heads in the Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia with the first competition between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton was assured at the top with only 8 points separating him and Verstappen and with two rounds remaining in 2021.
Apart from the top two racers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez separated from only 13 points in the battle for third in the drivers' championship with a major role of both the drivers to play. Mercedes leads Red Bull by five points and Ferrari is 39.5 ahead of McLaren in the fight for third.
2021 F1 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX - FREE PRACTICE RESULTS
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
3. Pierre Gasly FRA, Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
4. Max Verstappen NED, Red Bull Racing
5. Fernando Alonso CHI, Alpine F1 Team
6. Esteban Ocon FRA, Alpine F1 Team
7. Carlos Sainz ESP, Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
8. Yuki Tsunoda JPN, Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
9. Sergio Perez MEX, Red Bull Racing
10. Charles Leclerc MON, Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS, McLaren F1 Team
12. Lando Norris GBR, McLaren F1 Team
13. Antonio Giovinazzi GBR, Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen
14. Kimi Raikkonen FIN, Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen
15. Lance Stroll CAN, Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team
16. Sebastian Vettel GER, Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team
17. George Russell ISR, Williams Racing
18. Mick Schumacher GER, Uralkali Haas F1 Team
19. Nicholas Latifi CAN, Williams Racing
20. Nikita Mazepin RUS, Uralkali Haas F1 Team
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