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Leclerc fastest in final Saudi GP practice

Lewis Hamilton’s struggles have continued as he finished only 11th in final practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc again set the pace.

Twenty-four hours after a missile strike on a nearby oil refinery, the drivers were back on track on Saturday for the concluding action ahead of qualifying in the evening.

Hamilton and his fellow drivers were understood to have signalled their intention not to take part in Sunday’s race following the attack just 12 miles east of the Jeddah street circuit.

But after seeking assurances from Saudi officials, F1 bosses declared the second round of the new season “secure”, and it was Leclerc who led the way.

Leclerc, who won last weekend’s opening round in Bahrain, snatched the fastest time away from Max Verstappen in the final seconds.

Verstappen, denied second place in Bahrain following a late fuel failure, finished just 0.033 seconds behind Leclerc, and ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

Carlos Sainz was fourth in the other Ferrari, with Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Mercedes have struggled to get on top of the new regulations and Hamilton finished a concerning 0.972 seconds off the pace, with teammate George Russell even further back in 14th.

It was another poor session for McLaren with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo 16th fastest and his British teammate Lando Norris 19th of the 20 starters.

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