F1 Saudi Arabia GP Live Commentary and Updates
By: Tom Howard, Jake Boxall-Legge
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13:13 And that's all from us today! We'll see you again tomorrow for MORE action in Saudi Arabia.
13:02 So, that's a Mercedes 1-2 in FP2, from Gasly and Verstappen.
12:58 Leclerc's rear just stepped out and he took a fair old whack on the Tecpro barriers. The session will not be restarted as a result.
12:57 That's a huge crash for Leclerc down at Turn 23; he's out of the car now, thankfully, but that's a lot of damage to the Ferrari.
12:56 We have a red flag!
12:53 Norris and Sainz have a close moment on track, Sainz mounting an overtake on his former team-mate. Save it for Sunday, lads?
12:51 The AWS qualifying pace-o-meter has Perez over a second off the pace, Tsunoda ahead of Gasly, and Russell ahead of both Astons. Meanwhile, Mazepin bowls a wide around Turn 2.
12:46 We're now firmly in the long-run phase now for the final 15 minutes - with drivers back on the medium and hard tyres.
12:41 The Ferrari pair have had a couple more quicker runs too - Sainz moves from 10th to seventh, as Leclerc just dives into the pits rather than finish.
12:39 Verstappen improves, setting a 1m29.213s, but remains P4 for the time being.
12:38 Gasly now finds a lap on the softs to fire his way up to third place, on a 1m29.099s, as Verstappen is indeed having another go at a quick lap.
12:37 Verstappen asks for another tilt at a quali sim, and says "I don't care" when told it might compromise longer runs. Ocon moves up to P5 in the meantime.
12:34 Leclerc and Sainz also improved on the softs, but it seems like the majority of red-tyre laps have been affected by traffic in some way. Q1 might be...chaotic.
12:33 Alonso finds a break in the running to go P4, setting a 1m29.441s.
12:32 Traffic has been a bit of a factor in these soft-tyre laps too, Hamilton finds a colossal gaggle of cars into the final corner and goes wide at Turn 27. A true quali sim.
12:29 Norris and Gasly improved only a tiny bit on their initial soft runs, either the teams are focusing on longer runs or the softs aren't giving much around Jeddah. Answers on a postcard, please.
12:27 We've got the big-hitters out there on softs now, with just over half an hour remaining.
12:24 Nobody's really gone much quicker on their first runs on the softs as it stands - which probably isn't what you expect to see. Russell looks like he's found some time second time around, and Norris is on a cool-down lap.
12:22 Russell reports a very long brake pedal, but has pressed on regardless - which is rather brave! All seems to be well after that initial scare.