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Heavy crash Charles Leclerc during second practice session GP of Saudi Arabia, Mercedes at the top

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After the first introduction to the brand new Jeddah Street Circuit, the F1 drivers were able to start exploring the limits of both the car and the track during the second practice session. In contrast to the first session, this had to be done completely under artificial light.

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In that sense, the second practice session is a much more important session than the first or third practice session. After all, the second practice session is a dress rehearsal for qualifying and the race, which will be run under similar conditions.

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During the first practice session, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were very evenly matched. Halfway through the session it was again Lewis Hamilton who had the fastest time to his name.

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However, the focus for the teams was not only on driving a very fast time over a lap, but also on simulating longer runs and collecting as much data as possible about the circuit.

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At the very end of the session we got a red flag after a very bad crash by Charles Leclerc.

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Fortunately, the Monegask was able to get out of his car without serious injuries, but his Ferrari F1 car was reduced to scrap.

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Leclerc thus became the first victim of the brand new street circuit this weekend. As on many street circuits there is little room for error, let it be a warning to title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton who cannot afford the slightest mistake this weekend if they want to become champions.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.018s 22

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 29.079s + 0.061s 23

3 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:29.099s + 0.081s 22

4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:29.213s + 0.195s 20

5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:29.441s + 0.423s 21

6 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:29.555s + 0.537s 22

7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 29.589s + 0.571s 24

8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 29.597s + 0.579s 20

9 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 29.768s + 0.750s 22

10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 29.772s + 0.754s 23

11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:29.968s + 0.950s 22

12 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 30.004s + 0.986s 19

13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 30.110s + 1.092s 23

14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:30.276h + 1.258h 24

15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:30.442s + 1.424s 22

16 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:30.502s + 1.484s 22

17 George Russell Williams 1:30.506s + 1.488s 24

18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:30.652s + 1.634s 20

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:31.039s + 2.021s 23

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:31.629s + 2.611s 20

More F1 news:Grenfell fire survivors ask Mercedes to break with new sponsorPirelli reveals cause of blowouts in F1 cars in QatarVIDEO: A lap around the brand new F1 circuit in Saudi Arabia“New circuit in Saudi Arabia could be crucial in F1 title battle: very high speed, hardly any run-off lanes, no room for mistakes”Mercedes warns Red Bull: “We are at our best at the moment!”

(F1journaal.be)

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