Jeddah — Briton Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team set the pace in both the practice sessions of the Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021; that took place on Friday evening at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
On Sunday, the Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 is being staged within the “Quality of Life” Program. Hamilton came in first in the first trials, followed by the Red Bull teams Dutchman Max Verstappen in second place; and the Finnish Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes team in third place.
Team Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly came in fourth; followed by Antonio Giovinazzi of the Alfa Romeo Team with Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc coming in next.
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In the second practice session, Hamilton set the fastest time of 1:29.018, 0.061 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate Bottas; who finished second after finishing third in the first test. At the same time, French Gasly, driver of the Alpha Tauri team, took third place.
Verstappen came in next with Fernando Alonso, and Esteban Ocon of the Alpine team pushed Sainz of Ferrari to seventh spot. Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda took eighth, and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez took the ninth spot.
Competitions of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 will intensify Saturday; with the final qualifying after the free practice for drivers.
Briton Mercedes driver Hamilton and the Dutchman Verstappen are looking to secure first place on Sunday to determine the race champion. The two qualifying tests Saturday will determine the final grid of the race.