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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen evenly matched during the first practice session of the Saudi Arabian GP

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The drivers will be presented with a completely new circuit this weekend with the Jeddah Street Circuit. A super fast track that was also built in record time. The circuit was ready just a few days before the start of the Saudi Arabian GP.

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No driver has the slightest track experience and preparation had to come from laps in the F1 simulator. It will be a crucial race weekend, especially for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. On paper, Mercedes seems to be the favorite, but Red Bull and Verstappen will undoubtedly do everything they can.

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For a long time Max Verstappen seemed on his way to the fastest time but towards the end of the session Mercedes and Hamilton hit back with an absolute best time.

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Lewis Hamilton eventually finished the session fastest but Max Verstappen was only a handful of a thousandths slower. Valtteri Bottas completed in third place in the second Mercedes. For now, the two title rivals seem very evenly matched.

01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.786 21

02 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:29.842 23

03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 30.009 24

01 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:30.263 28

05 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 30.318 27

06 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 30.564 26

07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 30.600 26

08 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 30.608 25

09 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:30.842 27

10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:30.886 25

11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 30.960 27

12 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:31.023 29

13 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 31.029 23

14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:31.044 25

15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 31.099 26

16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 31.296 26

17 George Russell Williams 1:31.343 28

18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:31.525 24

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:31.821 27

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:33.464 23

More F1 news:“Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton must remain sporty in the title fight”VIDEO: 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”VIDEO: Team boss gets tattoo after losing bet with F1 driverMercedes warns Red Bull: “We are at our best at the moment!”

(F1journaal.be)

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