F1 Abu Dhabi GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2


By: James Newbold, Jake Boxall-Legge, Tom Howard, Haydn Cobb


  • F1 Abu Dhabi GP FP2 underway
  • Hamilton tops second practice by 0.3s from Ocon
  • Verstappen in fourth for Red Bull 0.6s off Hamilton
  • Raikkonen crashes at the end of the session at Turn 14
  • Bottas bangs the wall at Turn 14, Latifi spins and hits the wall at Turn 13 damaging his rear wing
  • Verstappen fastest in first practice from Bottas and Hamilton
  • Multiple changes to circuit for 2021
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Ocon, Alpine
  3. Bottas, Mercedes
  4. Verstappen, Red Bull
  5. Perez, Red Bull
  6. Alonso, Alpine
  7. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  8. Leclerc, Ferrari
  9. Sainz, Ferrari
  10. Gasly, AlphaTauri
Status: Stopped
09:18 Catch up with all the action from FP2 here.
09:11 Action will resume of course tomorrow with FP3 set to begin at 10am with Qualifying to follow at 1pm. Make sure you join us tomorrow but until then stay tuned with all the reaction to follow online.
09:09 If we are scoring it from Friday's sessions, it's Verstappen 1 Hamilton 1.
09:07 Both McLarens ended up outside of the top 10 with Ricciardo P11 and Norris in P13.
09:06 Yuki Tsunoda, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly complete the top 10.
09:05 Super strong session for Alpine with Ocon in P2 and Alonso in P6.
09:05 So Hamilton ends up on top with a 1m23.691s. He is 0.3s faster than Alpine's Esteban Ocon with Valtteri Bottas third. Verstappen was fourth quickest, 0.6s slower than Hamilton.
09:03 Lewis Hamilton ends the session fastest responding to Max Verstappen, who topped the times in FP1.
09:02 Raikkonen climbs out of the Alfa Romeo. He is okay but there is significant damage to the rear of the car.
09:01 Just as the chequered flag comes out it is followed by a red flag. Raikkonen has found the wall at Turn 14.
09:00 Chequered flag is out for FP2.
08:59 Just as Hamilton and Verstappen cannot be split on points heading into this weekend, they have now logged the same amount of laps in this session.
08:57 Verstappen is now running on the mediums in the final moments of the session.
08:55 There are just five minutes of the session remaining.
08:55 Overall, Hamilton has set the fastest sectors in sector 1 and sector 3. Bottas has the best sector 2.
08:53 Verstappen is now running in the 1m28s with Hamilton in the 1m29s.
08:49 Interestingly Hamilton is conducting his race run on mediums while Verstappen is running softs. Verstappen is faster as you would expect to the tune of 0.4s over the last couple of laps.
08:44 Just as we say that, Hamilton emerges from the garage.
08:43 Everyone is out on track apart from Hamilton, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen and Latifi.
08:42 Both McLarens have fallen out of the top 10. Ricciardo sits P11 while Norris is currently in P13.
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