The chequered flag is out! FP1 order is as follows:
Max Verstappen (1:25.009)
Valtteri Bottas (+0.196)
Lewis Hamilton (+0.346)
Sergio Perez (+0.354)
Yuki Tsunoda (+0.369)
Fernando Alonso (+0.616)
Pierre Gasly (+0.813)
Charles Leclerc (+0.837)
Carlos Sainz (+0.877)
Sebastian Vettel (+0.998)
Esteban Ocon (+1.016)
Lando Norris (+1.114)
Kimi Raikkonen (+1.180)
Antonio Giovinazzi (+1.400)
Lance Stroll (+1.599)
Daniel Ricciardo (+1.667)
Jack Aitken (+2.472)
Nicholas Latifi (+2.478)
Mick Schumacher (+2.689)
Nikita Mazepin (+3.296)
Leclerc and Sainz make some steps forward to conquer P8 and P9. Ferrari seems to suffer the changes made to the track layout and will need a lot of work before qualifying.
The Mercedes drivers keep running wide. On the race pace shown until now, Lewis Hamilton seems 0.5s quicker than Max Verstappen. The surprise also comes from Charles Leclerc, who is at the moment one of the fastest drivers on track.
Mercedes checked Lewis Hamilton’s front wing after his previous mistake. Again, it will be crucial to not damage the car by passing on the curbs.
Valtteri Bottas closes the gap to Max (0.196). The Finn will be crucial on Sunday in his last race with Mercedes.
Hamilton and Sainz run wide without any damages. However, Lando Norris suffers a heavy passage on a curb.
Lando Norris sends debris flying as he runs over the kerbs 😬
Hamilton with the purple sectors! The Champ gets closer again and conquers the best times in sectors 1 and 3 but it’s not enough to overtake Verstappen. Ironically the gap is 0.033. However, Hamilton’s time is deleted due to track limits.
The fight between AlphaTauri and Alpine is alive, as Tsunoda and Gasly are currently P5 and P6.
As we see some passages on them, it’s important to notice that the new curbs installed in Abu Dhabi are similar to those in Qatar, which caused problems with punctures. Pirelli did NOT know about this, hence the curbs might create some bad surprises on Sunday.
If you’re wondering about Sergio Perez, he is now P3 (+0.694).
The helmet cam on Leclerc is gorgeous but the times from the Ferrari drivers not so much. Might be a set-up problem?. The Ramping Horse will have to find a way to better its performance.
We are underway! All drivers must try to familiarize themselves with Abu Dhabi’s track, which has changed from 2020.
Not only Hamilton and Verstappen this weekend: F1 is full of celebrations this weekend.
Lance Stroll will drive his 100th Grand Prix after his debut with Williams in 2017.
Talking about Williams, George Russell will have one last weekend with Grove before moving to Mercedes in 2022. Hence, Valtteri Bottas is also at his final race with Brackley and as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate.
Finally, Kimi Raikkonen’s final race in Formula 1 will see fans celebrate an astonishing career. The Tifosi might actually be sad to realize in 2022 no Ferrari champion will be on the grid. Equally, Antonio Giovinazzi will also leave Alfa Romeo and F1 after Abu Dhabi to move to Formula E.
Abu Dhabi is currently sunny at 26C° with a 0% probability of precipitation. However, it’s quite humid (46%).
It’s finally time! The final weekend of the 2021 season is about to start. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen arrive in Abu Dhabi tied on points. Hence, nailing every session will be key to determining who will be the 2021 Formula 1 World Champion.
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