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Dutch GP: Lewis Hamilton ahead of Max Verstappen in Practice One after Sebastian Vettel stoppage

Dutch GP: Lewis Hamilton ahead of Max Verstappen in Practice One after Sebastian Vettel stoppage

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Lewis Hamilton 0.097s ahead of Max Verstappen after chaotic end to session, with Sebastian Vettel stoppage leading to a delay of more than half an hour; Zandvoort filled with Verstappen fans in first Dutch GP since 1985; Lando Norris was ahead before the red flag

Last Updated: 03/09/21 11:51am


With smoke billowing out of his car, Vettel hops out of the car, finds a fire extinguisher and gets to work!

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With smoke billowing out of his car, Vettel hops out of the car, finds a fire extinguisher and gets to work!

With smoke billowing out of his car, Vettel hops out of the car, finds a fire extinguisher and gets to work!

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Lewis Hamilton kickstarted F1’s Dutch GP return with a fastest time ahead of title rival and home favourite Max Verstappen in a disrupted opening practice, as a Sebastian Vettel stoppage led to a significant delay.

Vettel stopped on track in his Aston Martin with an engine failure just 15 minutes into Zandvoort’s first F1 session since 1985, and electrical concerns resulted in red-flag conditions for most of the hour-long Practice One.

There were just six minutes remaining when drivers finally got out on track – and it was championship leader Hamilton who topped the timesheets on soft tyres, although only 0.097s ahead of Verstappen.

Predictably Verstappen was cheered on by masses of home fans on Friday morning, with a sea of orange filling the grandstands, while there was also plenty of praise for the “rollercoaster” and “old-school” circuit, compared to a “mini Suzuka” with its corner combinations on the beach-side dunes.

Yuki Tsunoda goes round in his AlphaTauri, which has an aero rake fitted but is the first driver to spin during Practice One
Yuki Tsunoda goes round in his AlphaTauri, which has an aero rake fitted but is the first driver to spin during Practice One
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Yuki Tsunoda goes round in his AlphaTauri, which has an aero rake fitted but is the first driver to spin during Practice One

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc placed third and fourth for Ferrari in a chaotic end to the session, with traffic and near-collisions aplenty.

Lando Norris, who was fastest before Vettel’s red flag, almost came together with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in one of the sketchiest moments.

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