Lewis Hamilton’s finest lap of the hour was simply 0.033s behind Verstappen’s P1 benchmark however was deleted for observe limits infringement; Follow Two at 1pm stay on Sky Sports activities F1 on opening day of Lewis v Max: Decider within the Desert
By James Galloway
Final Up to date: 10/12/21 11:20am
Max Verstappen has began quickest at F1’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP after setting the tempo in opening follow.
The Dutchman, who stays the world championship chief on countback of race wins, had pipped Lewis Hamilton by a miniscule 0.033s margin earlier than the Mercedes driver’s quickest lap was deleted for a observe limits infringement.
That shuffled Hamilton again behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to 3rd, though his faster effort that didn’t depend has given early indication that one other super-competitive weekend is in retailer with the massive prize of the 2021 world title now on the road.
The session was F1’s first across the revamped Yas Marina structure, which has been remodelled in three locations to create a faster lap and extra alternatives for drivers to race wheel-to-wheel.
Verstappen’s quickest time of 1:25.009 was 11 seconds sooner than his pole place effort on the unique longer structure final 12 months.
Kimi Raikkonen, competing within the closing Grand Prix of his illustrious profession, was the primary driver to christen the run-off space on the new lengthy hairpin with a wild spin in his Alfa Romeo.
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz additionally had spins, whereas others ran ran vast off observe as they began to push the boundaries of the circuit on primarily the gentle tyres.
Sergio Perez was fourth quickest within the second Crimson Bull forward of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.
Follow Two begins at 1pm stay on Sky Sports activities F1, Sky Sports activities Foremost Occasion and Sky Showcase. With Abu Dhabi 4 hours forward of the UK, the second session takes place because the solar units and takes place beneath floodlights amid barely cooler circumstances – the identical time as Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race, making it a extra consultant session.
“The arrogance in Lewis and Mercedes will probably be very excessive coming into this weekend however you may by no means depend Max out, particularly in qualifying,” stated Sky F1’s Jenson Button in assessment of the opening session.
“As we have seen at present, the final sector could be very robust for Crimson Bull. However we’re on the sting of our seats – it has been so shut between these two.”
Abu Dhabi GP Follow One Timesheet
|1) Max Verstappen||Crimson Bull||1:25.009|
|2) Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+0.196|
|3) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.346|
|4) Sergio Perez||Crimson Bull||+0.354|
|5) Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||+0.369|
|6) Fernando Alonso||Alpine||+0.616|
|7) Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||+0.813|
|8) Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+0.837|
|9) Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||+0.877|
|10) Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+0.998|
|11) Esteban Ocon||Alpine||+1.016|
|12) Lando Norris||McLaren||+1.114|
|13) Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+1.180|
|14) Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+1.400|
|15) Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+1.599|
|16) Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||+1.667|
|17) Jack Aitken||Williams||+2.472|
|18) Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+2.478|
|19) Mick Schumacher||Haas||+2.689|
|20) Nikita Mazepin||Haas||+3.296|