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F1 practice LIVE: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix lap time results as Charles Leclerc edges Max Verstappen

Follow all the latest from Jeddah as Charles Leclerc topped Friday practice ahead of Max Verstappen while Mercedes struggled

Michael Jones
Friday 25 March 2022 19:04
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Formula One bosses have said Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an attack on a nearby fuel depot during practice. Black smoke billowed across the Jeddah circuit as seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and his fellow drivers took part in the first action of the weekend.

World champion Max Verstappen reported to his Red Bull team over the radio that he could detect the smoke. “I smell a bit of a burning feeling,” he said. “I am not sure if it is my car, or another car.”

The al-Masirah satellite news channel run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed they had attacked an Aramco facility in Jeddah. The same fuel depot, 12 miles to the east of the track, was attacked on Sunday. Shortly after the summit, race organisers said the grand prix - only the second to be staged in Saudi Arabia - will go ahead as scheduled.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was quickest across Friday’s practice ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, while Mercedes appeared to struggle for pace throughout the day.

Follow all the F1 news and updates from practice ahead of the Saudi GP below:

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F1 practice: Still no Magnussen

There biggest blow of this practice sesssion came to Haas’ Kevin Magnussen who hasn’t returned to the track following the earlier hyrdaulics issues in just his second lap.

This is valuable time lost for Magnussen who didn’t race here last season unlike the majority of the field, and needs to learn the track along with the car.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:48
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F1 practice: Verstappen fastest on soft tyres

There’s been movement across the leaderboard but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (1:30.88) continues to lead the way with the fastes lap on soft tyres. Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly (+0.429) and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (+0.582) are going nicely too.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (+1.476) is down to seventh.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:46
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Leclerc shooting up the leaderboard

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has just driver a lap five tenths of a second slower than Max Verstappen’s quickest effort to move him up to second place.

Almost immediately he’s overtaken by AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly (1:31.417) who’s having a good run out there.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:41
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Top 10 lap times

25 minutes of the session to go so here’s a look at the current top 10 lap times.

1) Max Verstappen (Red Bull) -130.888

2) Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) +0.22

3) Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) +0.830

4) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +1.476

5) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.566

6) Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +1.801

7) Esteban Ocon (Alpine_ +2.109

8) Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) +2.149

9) Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +2.157

10) Alexander Albon (Williams) +2.199

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:37
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Saudi Arabia GP free practice 1

Both Ferrari’s are out onto the track but haven’t yet set a lap time. Neither has Mercedes’ George Russell nor Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

Magnussen’s car is still in the garage after his earlier hydraulic problems.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:30
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Green light! 🟢

The debris has been cleared off the track and the session is back underway in Jeddah.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:28
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Back in the pits

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:26
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Verstappen quickest in practice before red flag

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in free practice 1 at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:22
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Red flag! 🛑

A distance marker board has come loose and shattered on the track and needs to be cleaned up. The session has been red flagged with 42 minutes to go.

As is stands Max Verstappen leads the way with a time of 1:30.888, followed by AlphaTauri’s Ykui Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly. Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton round out the top five.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:19
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Magnussen encounters problems

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen had a brilliant return to Formula 1 last weekend, finishing P5 in Bahrain and would have been hoping to emulate that form this weekend.

He’s had to pull back into the pits early doors here though with a problem to his breaks. There’s a lot of activity in the Haas garage trying to get the car fixed.

It seems to be a hydraulic issue.

Michael Jones25 March 2022 14:15

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