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Lewis Hamilton vor Max Verstappen in Trainings

by archysport

IIn the flight of sparks from Jeddah, Max Verstappen suffered a severe setback in the duel with Lewis Hamilton. The front runner had to admit defeat to his English rival in both training sessions at the Formula 1 premiere in Saudi Arabia. With second place in the opening training at dawn and only fourth place in the second unit, Verstappen missed the hoped-for boost for the possible early title win.

Hamilton could not be captured on Friday. Once he even had to prevent a collision with Nikita Masepin in the Haas, who had lost control of his car and was spinning. Hamilton even improved his best time of 1: 29.786 minutes in the second practice session under floodlights to 1: 29.018 minutes. Team mate Valtteri Bottas landed right behind him. Sebastian Vettel, in the Aston Martin, was 16th, Mick Schumacher didn’t get past 18th in the Haas.

The sparks flew again and again when the underbody of the cars slid over the curbs and the asphalt on the 6.174 kilometer-long Jeddah Corniche Circuit. It was obvious from the pilots that they had to fight hard on their first outings on the very fast and brand new track.

After a serious accident by Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, the second training session was even ended prematurely. The Monegasse lost control of its car around five minutes before the end at Turn 22, spun and then crashed into the lane with its right side. The 24-year-old was able to get out of his badly damaged car on his own. Leclerc was brought to the track doctor as a precaution. There he underwent a routine examination. The doctors then gave Leclerc the green light, as the Scuderia announced.

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