Verstappen leads, virtual safety car after failure Pérez | NOW



45 more rounds – Virtual safety car! Verstappen, Bottas and Hamilton immediately enter the pits. The Dutchman retains the lead.

46 more rounds – Yellow flag! Sergio Pérez stands still. The Mexican, who won last week in Bahrain, is out with technical problems.

48 more rounds – Bottas is ordered to close the gap to Verstappen. “Show how hard you can push.” The difference between the two drivers is three seconds.

49 more rounds – Albon rides on the soft tire, while the top three drivers ride on the medium tire. The Red Bull driver still has a tire advantage at this stage of the race, but that will soon be over.

50 more rounds – Neat overtaking action from Alexander Albon! Verstappen’s teammate passes Lando Norris and climbs to fourth place.

51 more rounds – Albon (fifth) puts pressure on Norris (fourth). For Verstappen and Red Bull it is crucial that Albon stays close to the Mercedes drivers so that they cannot split their strategies.

53 more rounds – Verstappen clocked the fastest race lap with 1.42.292. He increases his lead over Bottas to two seconds.

54 more rounds – Verstappen immediately pulls a gap to Bottas. The difference to the Mercedes is 1.7 seconds.

START – Verstappen retains the lead! The Dutchman gets away well and cuts Bottas off. The Finn remains second, Hamilton is third.

Warm-up round – The cars roll onto the grid. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is ​​about to start.

Warm-up round – Pirelli predicts that a one-stop strategy will be by far the fastest. Drivers on the medium band, including Max Verstappen, are expected to enter between the 17th and 27th lap.

Warm-up round – The warm-up round is running. All cars come from their place.

Another 1 minute until the warm-up round – The engines are started.

Another 10 minutes to the start – The drivers climb into their cars. Ten minutes to the start of the last race of the season.

Another 30 minutes until the start – This afternoon it will be the third time for Max Verstappen that he can start from pole position. At last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the first time he took pole, he finished second in the race. In the race at Interlagos in Brazil, Verstappen took the victory, after being fastest in qualifying.

Another 40 minutes until the start – The pit lane is open! For the last time this year, the drivers are moving to their starting positions.

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