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Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments surrounding the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia.

Have fun!



  • Verstappen fast in VT3

  • LIVE:

  • Qualification

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11 more minutes (Q2)

- Lightning fast time Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman opens on medium with 1.27,953 and is by far the fastest.

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Another 15 min (Q2)

- Q2 is on its way.

Almost all drivers take to the track with medium tires.

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Mercedes is not reporting anything about Bottas' problems yet, but the Finn really fell silent.

Valtteri and Lewis progress into Q2.

👊 P2 and P10 in a frantic Q1.

Track evolution out there was

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AuthorMercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 TeamMoment of places17: 23 - 4 December 2021

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FINISH Q1

- Sergio Pérez is fastest in Q1.

Max Verstappen (fifth) and Lewis Hamilton (ninth) also advance to Q2.

The dropouts: 



16. Nicholas Latifi


17. Sebastian Vettel


18. Lance Stroll


19. Mick Schumacher


20. Niktita Mazepin

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FINISH Q1

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Valtteri Bottas Engine Problem!

The Finn falls silent at the start of the pit lane and probably sees his qualifying coming to an end already.

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1 more minute (Q1)

- Verstappen is greatly hindered in the last sector and breaks off his last lap.

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1 more minute (Q1)

- Fastest time Sergio Pérez.

With 1.28.021 he is 36 thousandths faster than Bottas.

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Reprimand Hamilton for hindering Mazepin


Lewis Hamilton will not receive a grid penalty for hindering Nikita Mazepin.

The Briton will receive a reprimand for the incident and a fine of $25,000.

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Another 4 minutes (Q1)

- Bottas is two tenths faster than Verstappen and refers the Dutchman to P2.

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Another 4 minutes (Q1)

- "I had a worthless first sector", said Max Verstappen, who is nevertheless the fastest.

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Another 6 minutes (Q1)

- Fastest time Max Verstappen.

With 1,28.285, the Red Bull driver is just a bit faster than Sainz.

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7 more minutes (Q1)

- In the danger zone:



12. Pérez


13. Alonso


14. Räikkönen


15. Russell



16. Vettel


17. Stroll


18. Latifi


19. Schumacher


20. Mazepin

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Another 8 minutes (Q1) -

Carlos Sainz clocked the fastest time.

With 1.28,330, the Spaniard is a tenth rapper than Hamilton.

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9 more minutes (Q1)

- The track gets faster and faster.

Verstappen drops to fifth place and will have to do another fast lap.

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Another 10 minutes (Q1)

- Hamilton records 1.28.466 and is therefore two tenths faster than Verstappen.

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Another 12 minutes (Q1)

- Verstappen opens with 1.28,659 and is therefore the fastest.

Hamilton aborts his first timed lap after making a mistake.

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GREEN LIGHT: Q1 🟢The first ever F1 qualifying session in Saudi Arabia is GO!

#SaudiArabianGP #F1

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AuthorFormula 1Moment of places17: 01 - December 4, 2021

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Another 16 minutes (Q1)

- "It is going to be a mess in the last sector", reports Charles Leclerc on the on-board radio.

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18 more minutes (Q1)

- Green!

Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is ​​underway.

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There is no statement yet about the incident between Hamilton and Mazepin.

We will focus on qualifying.

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No grid penalty Hamilton for ignoring yellow flags


Lewis Hamilton will not receive a grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags.

According to the stewards, the report of the yellow flag only came from a light panel, which burned for less than one second.

Neither the stewards nor the computers would have reported the yellow flags, so Hamilton cannot be blamed.

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A few weeks ago in Brazil Hamilton also received several grid penalties, but nevertheless he won the race in São Paulo.

However, overtaking is a lot more difficult on the fast track in Jeddah than on Interlagos.

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Who will be world champion this year?

  • Max Verstappen

  • Lewis Hamilton

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Hamilton has left the FIA ​​office.

The Briton walks back to his team with sporting director Ron Meadows.

It is unknown what time the FIA ​​will issue a ruling.

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Mercedes discovers oil leak: Bottas changes engine


More news from Mercedes because Valtteri Botass changes engine prior to qualifying.

The German team has discovered an oil leak on the Finn's car.

Mercedes does not opt ​​for a new engine, but will install a used engine in the car.

As a result, Bottas avoids a grid penalty.

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If the FIA ​​can show that Hamilton has not gone off the gas here, it will almost certainly mean a five-place grid penalty.

Se non ha ridotto la velocità sarà pressoché impossibile per Hamilton salvarsi dalla penalità #SaudiArabianGP

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AuthorDANIELEMoment of places16: 04 - December 4, 2021

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Stewards also investigate incident between Hamilton and Mazepin


Lewis Hamilton may be in even deeper trouble.

The Briton also has to report to the stewards because he has held up Nikita Mazepin.

There is normally a three-place grid penalty.

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The yellow flag was waved because Max Verstappen was driving slowly around the track.

If Hamilton does not go off his gas, this means a grid penalty.

On the right.

And it was Max that was slow there.

😆

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AuthorKyMoment of places15: 47 - December 4, 2021

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Hamilton must fear grid penalty after ignoring yellow flags


Big news from Saudi Arabia: Lewis Hamilton must report to the stewards because he ignored a double yellow flag during the third free practice.

For the same offence, Max Verstappen was given a five-place grid penalty in Qatar two weeks ago.

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All figures from the third free practice in a row.

Here's how the third and final practice session played out...So, what are your early predictions for qualifying?

🤔 #SaudiArabianGP #F1

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AuthorFormula 1Moment of places15: 07 - December 4, 2021

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FINISH

- The result of the third free practice:



  • Max Verstappen - 1.28,100

  • Lewis Hamilton - 1.28.314

  • Sergio Perez - 1.28,629

  • Yuki Tsunoda - 1.28,641

  • Pierre Gasly - 1.28.715

  • Valtteri Bottas - 1.29,019

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    FINISH

    - Max Verstappen clocked the fastest time in the third free practice for the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia.

    The Dutchman goes around the super-fast circuit in Jeddah in 1.28.100 and is therefore two tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton.

    Sergio Pérez completes the top three.

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    Another 7 minutes

    - Hamilton has been on the soft road for some time now, but has not yet reached Verstappen's time.

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    Another 12 minutes

    - Verstappen takes another tenth off his fastest time.

    The score:



  • Verstappen (S) - 1.28.105

  • Hamilton (S) - 1.28.314

  • Gasly (S) - 1.28.715

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    Another 15 minutes

    - Perilous moment for Lewis Hamilton.

    The Brit is on the racing line full in the way of Mazepin, who can only just avoid the Mercedes.

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    Leaning into the Turn 13 hairpin

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    AuthorRed Bull Racing HondaMoment of places14: 40 - December 4, 2021

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    21 more minutes

    - It could be a crazy qualification this afternoon.

    The soft tire is difficult to get up to temperature, while the hard tire seems even faster.

    The drivers still have twenty minutes to find the right set-up.

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    Another 27 minutes

    - Fastest time Max Verstappen.

    The Dutchman clocked 1.28.212 and is therefore a tenth rapper than Hamilton, who does drive on the hard tire.

    The score:



  • Verstappen (S) - 1.28.212

  • Hamilton (H) - 1.28.314

  • Gasly (M) - 1.28.715

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    Another 34 minutes

    - Verstappen clocked the second time, but still conceded three tenths to Hamilton.

    The score:



  • Hamilton (H) - 1.28.314

  • Verstappen (S) - 1,28.649

  • Gasly (M) - 1.28.715

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    Another 36 minutes

    - Phew, what a fast time by Lewis Hamilton this is.

    The Briton clocks 1.28,314 on his hard tires and is therefore by far the fastest.

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    Another 40 minutes

    - Hamilton, Bottas and Pérez are improving considerably.

    Verstappen drops to sixth place.

    The score:



  • Hamilton (H) - 1.29.179

  • Bottas (H) - 1.29.431

  • Perez (S) - 1.29.511

  • Norris (S) - 1.29,600

  • Sainz (M) - 1.29.746

  • Verstappen (S) - 1.29.863

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    Another 41 minutes

    - Verstappen is not yet at Hamilton's fastest time on hard tires in his first timed lap on soft tires.

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    Another 43 minutes

    - Lewis Hamilton is backwards.

    The Mercedes driver has lost control of his car in the first corner, but is able to continue on his way.

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    Another 44 minutes

    - Verstappen is going out with soft tires.

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