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Briton Lewis Hamilton Dominates 1st Session of Testing Before Official Launch of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 Sunday
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 04 - 12 - 2021

The first session of pre-season testing of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 took place on Friday evening at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which precedes the penultimate round of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021, within the "Quality of Life" Program and is scheduled to start tomorrow, Sunday.
The results of the first pre-season testing witnessed the Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes team taking the lead in the standings, followed by the Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull team in second place and the Finnish Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes team in third place, while the rest of the results of the first pre-season testing were as follows:
4- Pierre Gasly - Team Alpha Tauri.
5- Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo Team.
6- Carlos Sainz - Ferrari.
7- Charles Leclerc - Ferrari Team.
8- Daniel Ricciardo - McLaren.
9- Fernando Alonso - Alpine team.
10. Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin.
11- Sergio Perez - Red Bull team.
12- Esteban Ocon - Alpine team.
13- Lando Norris - McLaren.
14- Lance Stroll - Aston Martin.
15- Yuki Tsunoda - Alpha Tauri.
16- Kimi Raikkonen - Alfa Romeo Team.
17- George Russell - Team Williams.
18- Mick Schumacher - Haas team.
19- Nicholas Latifi - Williams team.
20- Nikita Mazepin - Haas team.
In the second practice session, Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton retained the first place, with a fastest time of 1:29.018, 0.061 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, after finishing third in the first test, while the French Pierre Gasly, driver of the Alpha Tauri team, took third place, while the results of the rest of the drivers in the second test were as follows:
4- Max Verstappen - Red Bull Racing.
5- Fernando Alonso - Alpine team.
6- Esteban Ocon - Team Alpine.
7- Carlos Sainz - Ferrari Team.
8- Yuki Tsunoda - Alpha Tauri.
9- Sergio Perez - Red Bull team.
10- Charles Leclerc - Ferrari Team.
11- Daniel Ricciardo - McLaren.
12- Lando Norris - McLaren.
13- Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo Team.
14- Kimi Raikkonen - Alfa Romeo Team.
15- Lance Stroll - Aston Martin.
16- Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin.
17- George Russell - Team Williams.
18- Mick Schumacher - Haas team.
19- Nicholas Latifi - Williams team.
20- Nikita Mazepin - Haas team.
Competitions of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 will intensify today, Saturday, represented by the final qualifying tests, after the end of the free practice for drivers, as this stage will witness an intense struggle between the Briton Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and the Dutchman Max Verstappen, who are looking to secure the first place in the big race of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 to be launched tomorrow, Sunday, which could determine the identity of the race champion.
The first test will start later today, Saturday at 05:00 PM, and will last for one hour only, to be followed by the qualifying round at 08:00 PM and will last for one hour as well, which will determine the final form of the main event on Sunday, in which the drivers will be classified according to the fastest time, as the race of Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 will officially start at 7:00 PM tomorrow, Sunday.

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