Charles Leclerc set the quickest lap time of the opening practice session of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

After a slight break, Formula 1 came back to action for the Saudi Arabian GP, which started with the FP1 on Friday afternoon.

As soon as the pit exit was opened, the drivers started their practice programs around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

The day did not start well for Kevin Magnussen – he was called to come back to the pits and not shift gears. Haas confirmed eventually that Magnussen’s car suffered a hydraulic leak and the Dane was forced to miss the practice.

The session was red-flagged to remove the debris from the board that had been hit by Lando Norris in turn 1. After the track was cleared, the on-track action resumed.

Both Ferrari drivers left their garages for the first time when the green flag was out.

The drivers were mainly working with the Soft and Hard tires. Numerous small incidents showed proved how tricky the track was once again. Porpoising also was a concern.

Charles Leclerc topped the timesheets of the session. Max Verstappen had the second fastest lap with Hard tires, while Valtteri Bottas completed the top 3.

The results of the Saudi Arabian GP FP1:

1Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.772S
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.116H
3Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+0.312S
4Carlos SainzFerrari+0.367S
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.545S
6Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+0.733S
7Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+0.791S
8Esteban OconAlpine+1.254S
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes+1.592S
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine+1.609S
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.734S
12Lance StrollAston Martin+1.810S
13Lando NorrisMcLaren+1.822S
14Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo+1.836S
15George RussellMercedes+2.067S
16Nico HulkenbergAston Martin+2.262S
17Alexander AlbonWilliams+2.315S
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams+2.757S
19Mick SchumacherHaas+3.657M
20Kevin MagnussenHaasNo time

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