MORNING, F1 FANS
Lew couldn’t get through as the title race was on.
Britain’s seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton topped both Saudi Arabian GP practice sessions yesterday as he saw the win needed to set up a thrilling final race decider.
The Mercedes winner trailed Red Bull’s Championship leader Max Verstappen by eight points.
Hamilton will advance with the Dutchman if he wins tomorrow, plus bonus points for fastest lap and Verstappen second.
But first Hamilton must conquer Jeddah’s fearsome high-speed street circuit – quickly pulling together for the country’s first ever F1 GP.
To my surprise, there were no test events despite the 155mph average speed, over 200mph top speed and thick concrete barriers all around.
In fact, Charles Leclerc was lucky to escape death when his Ferrari crashed into the fence at 160 km / h at the age of 22 – which is already considered the most dangerous place.
The French man climbed out of the wreckage of his overturned car uninjured.
But the crash has raised more safety concerns over the hastily constructed track.
Sky F1 expert Martin Brundle said: “This place is going to be unlikely. In a way this is brilliant at the end of the season but if I were Red Bull and Mercedes I would think ‘I don’t need more. the danger of this place right now’.
“These guys live on data. They thrive on data and they hate uncertainty.
“They wanted to show up here, having done 1000 rounds on the sim, with the right setup and the right strategy.
“But we wanted all the danger and the unexpected and I think that’s what made it a great year – we’ve been in that danger this season.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/16927722/f1-saudi-arabian-grand-prix-live-results-qualifying-verstappen-hamilton/ F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Qualifying build, fastest Verstappen in FP3