The action was back at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit after dramatic events unfolded through FP1 and the F2 race.
As you may be aware, Houthi bombed Saudi Aramco facilities near the track. Read more about it here. F1 organized a meeting with team principals and drivers prior to the session, so it was delayed by 15 minutes.
Every car was out at the start of the practice except the Red Bull cars. Many drivers struggled with grip through the opening corners.
Lewis Hamilton complained about his seating to his engineer, asking for more height. Seats are changed between circuits depending on visibility and aerodynamics.
Practice saw many close calls as drivers struggled with slow traffic and low visibility through the corners, a known characteristic of the circuit.
Chaos came for Kevin Magnussen as his car stopped with about 30 minutes to go. The driver was told to push after suspected issues. The Virtual Safety Car was deployed.
The drama kept unfolding when the session restarted, as Carlos Sainz hit the wall out of turn 13 and Alonso struggled through the curbs.
Charles Leclerc also had issued and hit the wall, forcing himself back into the garage with problems.
The session ended with problems for Yuki Tsunoda, as his car stopped and forced the Japanese to stop by the side of the track.
In the end, Leclerc topped the session with Verstappen in second and Sainz third.