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Max Verstappen fastest during first practice session in Qatar, problems for Lewis Hamilton?

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For the first time in Formula 1 history, an F1 race will take place in Qatar. Of course, the pandemic with the coronavirus is also the cause here. This year it will be driven on the Losail International Circuit, but from 2023 there will be a completely new circuit and Qatar will have a permanent place on the F1 calendar.

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No F1 driver has really useful experience on the Losail International Circuit and that obviously meant that the track was busy right from the start of the first practice session.

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Of course, as the drivers gained more experience on the track, there was also more pushing and pushing the limits of both the car and the track.

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On the occasion of the race in Qatar, Lewis Hamilton once again had a special helmet design that clearly conveyed a message for more diversity.

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During the close of the practice session, most riders were pushing the limits more and more and some serious pushing was done. Sometimes the limit was exceeded, but that did produce spectacular footage.

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At the end of the session, Lewis Hamilton was told to pit due to a possible problem with the car. Not the message you want to hear when you’re engaged in an intense battle for the world title.

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In the end it was Max Verstappen who finished the practice session fastest, ahead of a surprising Pierre Gasly who set the second fastest time. We find Mercedes with Bottas and Hamilton in places three and four.

01 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:23.723 22

02 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:24.160 28

03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 24.194 24

04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.509 21

05 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 24.648 27

06 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 24.713 26

07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 24.790 27

08 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 24.915 22

09 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:24.972 23

10 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 25.215 19

11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 25.291 24

12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:25.328 19

13 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:25.688 24

14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 25.757 23

15 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 25.828 25

16 George Russell Williams 1:25.871 24

17 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:25.905 21

18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:26.699 21

19 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:26.712 11

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:27.500 16

More F1 news:“A gravel box could have prevented the incident between Verstappen and Hamilton”Max Verstappen looks ahead to Qatar: “Push to maximize performance”Mercedes confirms: “Engine change Lewis Hamilton was strategic”Alonso: Lewis Hamilton’s lifestyle sets him apart“When money rules, Formula 1 can be ruthless”

(F1journaal.be)

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