Formula 1: Red Bull dominate Saudi Arabian GP first practice

Ferrari came into the weekend hoping they would be able to challenge Red Bull more closely than at the opening race, but that was not the case in the first session at least. Sainz was 1.3secs slower than Verstappen and his team-mate Charles Leclerc was 11th fastest, 1.5secs off the pace. And during the first session they announced that they had also changed the engines on both cars “as a precaution” following Leclerc’s failure in Sakhir. Despite his pace, Verstappen was complaining over the radio about understeer – a lack of front-end grip, which was also a problem for him in Bahrain, despite his domination of the race weekend.

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