Max Verstappen fastest in final practice, Lewis Hamilton second on harder rubber



The World Cup leader came to a time of 1.28.314 on the new and super fast street circuit in Jeddah. Competitor Lewis Hamilton was just over two tenths of a second slower. At that time, the Briton drove on the hardest and normally the slowest tire. Verstappen drove on the softest rubber.

Hamilton failed to set a faster time on the softest tire. He also complained about his team’s instructions on the radio, after he got in the way of both Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Nikita Mazepin (Haas). Race director Michael Masi said that he would contact Hamilton’s team Mercedes immediately, but also the marshalls along the track, because there was no warning by means of a flag signal for both drivers.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez came in third, half a second behind the Dutchman. Yuki Tsunoda and his companion Pierre Gasly set the fourth and fifth fastest time. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) followed behind that, almost a second behind Verstappen. He also failed to get a really fast lap on the softest tire – just like Hamilton.

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