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Max Verstappen faster than Lewis Hamilton during last Saudi Arabian GP practice session

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At the start of the third practice session, the Haas F1 cars were the first to set lap times. At the Haas F1 team, they referred with a joke to the first and second fastest times for their drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

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However, it was mainly looking forward to what title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen show during the dress rehearsal for qualifying and the race.

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During the last practice session, the drivers obviously tried to push the limits of both the car and the track even more. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton made a mistake, luckily there was a run-off lane instead of a wall.

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During the second part of the practice session, Max Verstappen set the fastest time several times. It was striking that with ten minutes to go there were four cars with a Honda engine in the top five of the standings. Honda not so far removed from Mercedes than generally expected?

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It was especially striking that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes F1 car seemed to experience much more problems on the soft tires than on the hard tire compound. Not ideal, of course, in view of qualifying, when the ‘red’ soft tire will be crucial for taking pole position.

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In the end it was also Max Verstappen who finished the third practice session fastest, followed by Lewis Hamilton at about two tenths. Teammate Sergio Perez completed the top three. Hamilton and Mercedes seemed to be favorites for pole ahead of the race weekend but it looks like we will have a close battle between both title rivals.

01 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.100 20

02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.314 23

03 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 28.629 21

04 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 28.641 20

05 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:28.715 22

06 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 29.019 19

07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 29.101 22

08 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 29.149 19

09 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:29.177 19

10 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 29.300 18

11 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:29.418 21

12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 29.590 20

13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 29.689 24

14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 29.724 19

15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:30.030 14

16 George Russell Williams 1:30.034 17

17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:30.296 15

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:30.366 17

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:30.933 20

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:30.979 23

More F1 news:“An eighth world title does not make Lewis Hamilton bigger than Michael Schumacher”Red Bull hopeful: “We are performing better than expected here”VIDEO: Big crash during Saudi Arabia GP practice sessionGrenfell fire survivors ask Mercedes to break with new sponsor“New circuit in Saudi Arabia could be crucial in F1 title battle: very high speed, hardly any run-off lanes, no room for mistakes”

(F1journaal.be)

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