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Max Verstappen was fastest around the Yas Marina circuit in the final practice session of the 2020 Formula season.

Red Bull looked to be considerably slower than Mercedes on long runs in second practice on Friday, and while Verstappen ended up fastest in the session, setting a best time of 1m36.251s, it is believed that Mercedes will still have more to offer in qualifying with the Silver Arrows only sixth and ninth.

Alex Albon had an encouraging session, despite complaining of severe understeer in his car, to finish the session fastest, although he was still 0.501s slower than his team-mate.

Renault had a strong session with both cars in the top four. It was a quiet session for the majority of the hour, but a flurry of late flying laps promoted Daniel Ricciardo to third with Esteban Ocon just 0.02s further back in fourth.

The midfield was tightly packed with fifth and ninth separated by less than a tenth of a second, and Lando Norris was the fastest of those in fifth.

Lewis Hamilton was sixth fastest, although it appeared his fastest laps were set using a lower power setting compared to his rivals, while Lance Stroll was the fastest Racing Point in seventh.

The McLaren of Carlos Sainz was eighth, with Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.

Charles Leclerc was on the fringes of the top ten, ending up 12th fastest. He will be looking to try and make sure he secures a Q3 result, especially given the fact that he has a three place grid penalty as a result of the accident he caused in Sakhir.

Meanwhile, George Russell ended up 15th for Williams, nearly a second faster than his team-mate Nicholas Latifi, who was 19th, just one place ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi who was slowest of all.

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