F1: Verstappen dominates Practice 1 for Saudi Arabian GP
–by Mark Cipolloni–
Late to arrive in Jeddah due to a stomach virus, defending World Driving Champion wasted no time in setting quicker laps after quicker laps and finally ended Practice 1 for the Saudi Arabian GP with a time of 1m29.617s.
Verstappen’s time was 0.483s faster than his Red Bull Honda teammate Sergio Perez and he was the only driver to dip into the 1m29s bracket.
The Aston Martins of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll were 3rd and 4th, 0.698s and 0.960s behind respectively.
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were 5th and 6th for Mercedes, 1.154s and 1.170s behind respectively.
Carlos Sainz Jr. was the fastest Ferrari, 1.307s back in 7th.
Plenty learned though, which is the main thing. Red Bull still look startlingly quick, and Aston Martin were in impressive form. Mercedes seem to be lagging behind, with Hamilton unhappy with tire wear for starters, while Ferrari did not show their full hand.
Practice 1 Results in Jeddah
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Oracle Red Bull Honda||1m29.617s||+0.000s||17|
|2||Sergio Perez||MEX||Oracle Bull Bull Honda||1m30.100s||+0.483s||19|
|3||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m30.315s||+0.698s||21|
|4||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m30.577s||+0.960s||19|
|5||George Russell||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m30.771s||+1.154s||25|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m30.787s||+1.170s||25|
|7||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||1m30.924s||+1.307s||22|
|8||Pierre Gasly||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m30.949s||+1.332s||23|
|9||Alex Albon||THA||Williams Racing||1m31.030s||+1.413s||22|
|10||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m31.110s||+1.493s||24|
|11||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m31.118s||+1.501s||25|
|12||Esteban Ocon||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m31.181s||+1.564s||21|
|13||Nyck de Vries||NED||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m31.450s||+1.833s||28|
|14||Oscar Piastri||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m31.491s||+1.874s||24|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||1m31.552s||+1.935s||21|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||1m31.566s||+1.949s||22|
|17||Logan Sargeant||USA||Williams Racing||1m31.922s||+2.305s||25|
|18||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||1m31.970s||+2.353s||24|
|19||Zhou Guanyu||CHN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||1m31.986s||+2.369s||21|
|20||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m32.149s||+2.532s||20|