Event: Saudi Arabia F1 Grand Prix
Track: Jeddah Street Circuit

First Free Practice Results 2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP

Max Verstappen driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Weather: dry 28.6°C
Tarmac: dry 34.6°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: 0.2 m/s SE
Pressure: 1012.8 bar

Both Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz  and Charles Leclerc were the first driver to enter the newest F1 track. It also was the first time Formula 1 cars drove out to start the first practice for the first ever Saudi Arabia Formula 1 grand prix.

F1 title protagonist Max Verstappen was the third driver who entered the track. His first quick lap time 1:33.614 min. Pierre Gasly was second in the AlphaTauri after his first 1:33.765 min. Verstappen improved on his second run and pushed out a 1:31.736, being almost 2 seconds quicker!

Until 10 minutes into the session Hamilton had not set a lap time in the Mercedes. His first lap time was a 1:33.241 min and 7th on the leaderboard. At the same time Verstappen improved again and set the quickest time to 1:30.920 min being 0.8s faster than the other Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas who was second fastest.

15 minutes into the session Lando Norris showed the McLaren is force to recon with again. Just as they showed on the other high speed track in Monza. The British driver was only 0.5s slower than Verstappen and grabbed P2 from Bottas. 2 minutes later Hamilton went third fastest with a 1:31.478, when Verstappen put in an even faster lap to set the fastest lap to 1:30.354 min being 0.551 sec. quicker again on the hard tyres.

Halfway the session Hamilton was improving a lot and went second quickest, but had to use the soft tyres to get there and still was 0.7s slower than his title rival Verstappen who had recorded a 1:30.014 min on a set of hard tyres. Bottas was 3rd, Norris 4th, Leclerc 5th, Gasly 6th, Vettel 7th, Ocon 8th, Russell 9th and Ricciardo 10th. Nikita Mazepin was last and 5.7 seconds slower than Verstappen. His teammate Perez also was having trouble to get up to speed and was 2.3s slower on P17.

With 20 minutes to go Verstappen also put on a set of soft tyres underneath the RB16B to check out how quick a lap around the Jeddah street circuit was on those tyres. At the same time Bottas went quickest on softs being 0.005s faster than the the Dutchman.

Fifteen minutes before the end Hamilton was the first who went below the 1:30's and went quickest on a set of softs with a 1:29.786 min. Verstappen who went out on a set of softs earlier went back to the pits for some adjustments and went out again with 13 minutes still on the clock. The Red Bull driver wasn't faster on his first run, because he went wide on turn 22. On his final lap Verstappen went fastest in sector 1, but couldn't make it stick in the second and third sector and became second.

FP1 Times Table 2021 Saudi Arabian GP

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:29,78621🔴S
233Max VerstappenRed Bull1:29,842+0,056s23🔴S
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:30,009+0,223s24🔴S
410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:30,263+0,477s28🔴S
599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:30,318+0,532s27🔴S
655Carlos SainzFerrari1:30,564+0,778s26🔴S
716Charles LeclercFerrari1:30,600+0,814s26🔴S
83Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:30,608+0,822s25🔴S
914Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:30,842+1,056s27⚪H
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:30,886+1,100s25🔴S
1111Sergio PérezRed Bull1:30,960+1,174s27🔴S
1231Esteban OconAlpine1:31,023+1,237s29⚪H
134Lando NorrisMcLaren1:31,029+1,243s23🔴S
1418Lance StrollAston Martin1:31,044+1,258s25🔴S
1522Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:31,099+1,313s26🔴S
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:31,296+1,510s26🔴S
1763George RussellWilliams1:31,343+1,557s28🔴S
1847Mick SchumacherHaas1:31,525+1,739s24🔴S
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:31,821+2,035s27🔴S
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:33,464+3,678s23🔴S


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