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George Russell leads the first practice session for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Nine of the ten teams chose the season finale to complete one of their mandated young driver test days.

The only rookies in the top ten were Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich and Ferrari’s Robert Shwartzman.

Drugovich finished second, trailing regular driver Lance Stroll by 0.271 seconds.

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Shwartzman finished seventh, a position and 0.027 seconds slower than regular driver Carlos Sainz.

Alpha Tauri’s Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest among the regular drivers, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, Stroll, and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and Ricciardo’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top 10, with Williams driver Logan Sargeant finishing 11th as the only current driver without a confirmed seat for 2024.

Sargeant faces a stewards’ report following a frightening encounter with Alpine reserve Jack Doohan, when the American was drifting slowly on the racing line between the final two corners as Doohan came on a flying lap.

Sargeant stepped off line to get out of the path, but it was too late because Doohan was already on his way. Doohan said over the radio after the incident, “I just nearly had the biggest crash of my life.”

Mercedes’ Frederik Vesti finished 12th, ahead of Doohan in the Alpine and Alfa’s back-up driver Theo Pourchaire.

McLaren’s Pato O’Ward finished 15th, while British Formula E champion Jake Dennis was the fastest of two Red Bull young drivers, finishing one position and 0.036 seconds ahead of Frenchman Isack Hadjar, who raced the Alpha Tauri in a similar session three races ago in Mexico.


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