Dutchman Max Verstappen, driver of the Red Bull-Honda team, and British driver Lewis Hamilton, driver of the Mercedes team, exchanged control of the results of the first and second free practice sessions, in the “Etihad Airways Grand Prix”, which begins tomorrow, at the “Yas Marina” circuit. It is the final round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Verstappen and Hamilton exchanged the fastest times for the circuit in the “Yas Marina” circuit in all the tests, reflecting the intensity of the competition that unites the drivers in their struggle for the title of the World Drivers’ Championship for the current season, as they enter the Abu Dhabi race, sharing the lead in the overall standings of the championship with 356.5 points each.
Verstappen succeeded in the first free trials by setting fast times on the new track of the “Yas Marina Circuit”, especially with his use of the softest tires, “soft”, to lead at the end of these tests with a time of one minute and 25 seconds, and nine parts by 1000 seconds, outperforming the team duo. Mercedes, Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, by 196 milliseconds, and Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, who came third, 346 milliseconds behind the leader Verstappen.
In the second free practice, British Hamilton was able to regain his balance, set the fastest time in the circuit, and grab first place, achieving one minute and 24 seconds 691 seconds, 343 seconds ahead of the Alpine team driver, Stepan Ocon, in the center. In the second, the performance of Valtteri Bottas, the second driver in the Mercedes team, and the Dutchman Max Verstappen in this session of testing, fell to third and fourth places, with a time of one minute 24 seconds and three thousandths of a second for Bottas, compared to one minute 24 seconds and 332 seconds for Verstappen.
• 356.5 points each for Hamilton and Verstappen at the top of the Formula 1 World Championship standings.
“McLaren” livery in “Yas Marina” with an Egyptian touch
The McLaren team is competing in the Etihad Airways Grand Prix race at the Yas Marina Circuit, with a paint finish designed by Egyptian artist Rabab Tantawy, who lives in the UAE.
Egyptian Tantawi is the first artist in the Middle East to have the opportunity to give Formula 1 cars a color livery, in a work that came in cooperation with the “Fuse” brand of BAT, as part of the “Driven to Change” campaign, which gives emerging creators an opportunity to present their work to an audience. Global through Motorsports, in a campaign that strives to champion emerging artists, who are over 25 years old and not receiving the visibility or representation they deserve.
The new livery of the McLaren team car, which will be driven by Australian Daniel Ricciardo and British Lando Norse, in the Abu Dhabi race, is inspired by Rabab Al-Tantawi’s passion for art, and its representation of teamwork, in an artwork that came in cooperation with automotive media designer David Verdis. Its structure is based on the famous “papaya” and blue color.
The McLaren team car competes in the Yas Marina race with a livery bearing the touches of the Egyptian girl Rabab Tantawy. From the source
Hamda Al Qubaisi seeks to repeat the achievement of her sister Amna by clinching the “Formula 4” title
Emirati driver Hamda Al Qubaisi hopes to become the second Emirati woman to win a Formula 4 race on the sidelines of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, when 19-year-old Hamda races on Sunday in front of her local audience, in her quest to repeat the achievement of her sister Amna, which she achieved in 2019 version
Yesterday, Hamda inaugurated her dream of making the Emirati and international audience happy with the full number of stands of the “Yas Marina Circuit”, and the dream of winning a race to be held within the “Formula 1” Grand Prix weekend, by participating in the first and second free trials of the “Formula 4” show, in trials that Al Qubaisi finished in third places. And the sixth, achieving rotation times around the circuit, came in all trials of one minute and 57 seconds.
Hamda told “Emirates Today”: “A legitimate ambition to become the second Emirati driver, after my sister Amna, who wins the Formula 4 race, raises my country’s flag, and makes the country’s audience happy, in an event held within the Etihad Airways Grand Prix, the conclusion of the Formula 1 season.” .
She explained: “I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of my sister Amna, who in 2019 became the first Emirati and Arab girl to win a car race in the (single-seat) category, which is held within the Formula 1 Grand Prix calendar.”
She added: “There is nothing more beautiful than racing in front of the audience of your country, and striving with all your capabilities to race, win and raise the UAE flag on a weekend that extends on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in an event that is eagerly awaited by the whole world, because the Etihad Airways Grand Prix represents the final round in The Formula 1 season, which has great global follow-up, because this round will announce the identity of the world champion (Formula 1) for the 2021 season, and the competition for the title is very intense between Briton Lewis Hamilton and Dutchman Max Verstappen, who enter the Yas Marina race equal in points balance of 369.5 points each. .
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