According to Hamilton

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 3, 2021 Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during practice REUTERS / Ahmed Yosri

December 3, 2021

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton says the speed difference between Formula One cars on the track and those slow on the new circuit is approaching a “danger zone” after nearly failing in Friday’s opening practice session for Saudi Arabia. Arab Grand Prix.

The Briton, who is eight points ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the overall standings with two races to go and this weekend is trying to win a third straight, has taken the dodge twice to Avoid slower moving cars while on fast laps.

“It’s definitely worse than a lot of the places we’ve been,” added Hamilton, who was the fastest in two sessions on Friday.

“Monaco-esque – the closing speed on other cars is definitely getting into the danger zone a little bit,” he said, referring to the narrow, twisting, albeit slower, street Monaco is famous for. Slower cars get in the way of faster people. .

The new 6.1-kilometer Jeddah track is set to become the second-fastest track on the calendar after Italy’s ‘Temple of Speed’ Monza.

Its fast, flowing layout is mostly flat winds along the city’s Red Sea coast, and a succession of high-speed corners surrounded by walls make it difficult for drivers to see moving cars. slower, which could prove difficult during qualifying.

Charles Leclerc was swept off the high-speed track, his Ferrari crashing back into the barriers during the second practice session, although Monegasque, who was uninjured, was running alone at the time.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo said: “There are a lot of hidden corners and the closing speed is very high. You try and everyone goes their separate ways. Today maybe I got in the way of some people, some people got in my way.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez added: “It can get very complicated, very messy, very quickly.

Despite the risks, motorists still enjoy circling the coastal site, their cars darting away and looking spectacular in the headlights.

“Fast! It really is incredibly fast and lots of grip,” said seven-time world champion Hamilton.

“When you get the beat, it’s a beautiful piece of music.”

His Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, added: “It’s quite hard, it’s quite gas-filled and close to the walls and the speed is… it definitely gives you some adrenaline.”

(Reported by Abhishek Takle; edited by Ken Ferris) According to Hamilton

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