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F1 | Saudi Arabian GP | Hamilton stays on top in FP2

Mercedes takes a new 1-2 with Gasly 3rd and Verstappen 4th, as the first strong incident on the weekend came in form of a strong rear-end crash for Charles Leclerc.

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F1 | Saudi Arabian GP | Hamilton stays on top in FP2
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FP2 went green with cars under the lights of Jeddah, simulating the race nighttime for the event set to take place on Sunday on the brand new circuit of Saudi Arabia, where the cars go full throttle in 83% of the total lap.

With ten minutes gone into the session, on top was Max Verstappen marking a 1:29.706 followed shortly by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in second and then Carlos Sainz. Fernando Alonso was behind the Ferraris as Lewis Hamilton sat 5th, 0.509s behind the Dutchman.

When the lead was taken from the Championship leader during the session he won the top back, lapping on the mediums, when Tsunoda went fastest with the hard compound and consequently the Mercedes drivers took finally the top, Lewis Hamilton 0.061 faster than his teammate, both with medium Pirellis.

In a weekend full of whispering and suspicions about the safety of a track so fast and with the design of the walls so close that Jeddah has, the first incident didn't come until halfway into FP2 when Mick Schumacher brushed the wall at the exit of turn 27.

Traffic began being a problem when, with 25 minutes left in the session, drivers focused on the simulation of qualifying laps and struggled to put a flying lap together. With tracks limit pending to be confirmed, most drivers fought with turn 1 limits at the moment of starting their lap time with the slowest turn on the track.

Yellow flags flew when Nikita Mazepin spun entering turn 1 with no major incidents. The session was red-flagged with 7 minutes to go when Charles Leclerc lost the rear of his Ferrari and had a strong crash. The session did not resume.

The final 15 minutes of the session were for the teams to go into the usual long runs for race simulation. Drivers lapped around 1:34.00 being Hamilton being the best pace in 1:33.8.

The top 10 of the second practice session in Jeddah was led by Lewis Hamilton again, Bottas close behind, and Pierre Gasly an excellent 3rd. The championship leader, Max Verstappen, was 4th fastest followed by both Alpine drivers, Carlos Sainz Yuki Tsunoda, Sergio Pérez, and Charles Leclerc, who walked out of the accident of his Ferrari on his own.

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