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British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton topped the second free exercise of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix on Friday, finishing the fourth session after setting a time faster than his rival and Dutch World Championship competitor Max Verstappen. Location.
Hamilton improved his time as he set a time of 1.23.691 on the “soft” tires during his third attempt, while French alpine driver Stephen O’Connor finished second 0.343 seconds ahead of Hamilton. .
Valteri Potas, who will be in his last race with Mercedes this season, will switch to Alfa Romeo next season, finishing third in the test.
Hamilton began the second session of testing on the “medium” tires, but after switching to the “soft” tires he did not succeed in improving his timing, so the excitement continued until Sunday’s final match for Formula 1 with his rival Verstappen. World Championship.
Verstappen finished fourth, 0.641 seconds behind Hamilton, and the Red Bull driver struggled a little in second training, but he recorded a good time in the middle tires.
The qualifying round will take place tomorrow at 5pm on Saturday, in the light of which the starting pole will be determined from first place in Sunday’s race at the Yas Marina Circuit, thus determining the 2021 Formula 1 World champion between Hamilton and Verstappen.
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