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LIVE: Two Friday practice sessions are in the books. Now it’s time for the Supercars field to finally put it all on the line when qualifying for the first race in over three months begins at 3.35pm EDT.

Anton de Pasquale topped both practice timesheets on Friday, despite one being in the heat of the afternoon and the other in the cool night air under lights (all 132 light towers worth of illumination!).

De Pasquale was more than 0.2s clear of second-placed Jamie Whincup, who said he and his team will have a “swing” at set-up on Saturday. Whincup’s Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate and series leader Shane van Gisbergen was 0.574s down in third.

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Now cars hit the track for Qualifying at 3:35pm AEDT on Saturday afternoon. A Top Ten Shootout follows at 4:40pm, before a 32-lap Race 20 to begin under lights at 7:10pm.

Saturday night’s race at the Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight will be the first race in 104 days.

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Oscar Piastri world championship, results, Saudi Arabia, standings, Australian driver, F1 prospect

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Australia’s Oscar Piastri could become Formula 2 world champion overnight after a stellar start to the second-last race weekend of the season.

Piastri claimed victory in the second sprint race in Saudi Arabia, extending his lead at the top of the championship for the F1 feeder series, and will be on pole for Monday’s feature race (1:25am AEDT).

The Melburnian, who will be Alpine’s reserve driver next season after missing out on an F1 seat at Alfa Romeo, leads the championship on 200 points.

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Guanyu Zhou, who was picked for the Alfa seat, has struggled all weekend and sits third on 143 points, while Robert Shwartzman has moved into second on 153 points.

If Piastri can extend his current 47-point lead out to 66 points, he will clinch the world title before next week’s finale in Abu Dhabi.

Piastri (left) looks to overtake Jehan Daruvala during the second F2 sprint race in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Piastri (left) looks to overtake Jehan Daruvala during the second F2 sprint race in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

With Shwartzman starting second in the feature race behind Piastri and Zhou sixth, that appears somewhat unlikely, though possible.

The Aussie would need to win the race with the fastest lap while Shwartzman finishes sixth or worse (without the fastest lap, seventh or worse), as Zhou finishes third or worse.

No Australian has ever won the Formula 2 title, nor of its predecessors GP2 or International Formula 3000.

Piastri would become the third driver to win the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles consecutively, following George Russell and Charles Leclerc.

Meanwhile Jack Doohan, the son of motorbike great Mick, finished fifth in the second sprint race – just his second F2 appearance – after making the jump up from F3.

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Hamilton tries to send F1 title fight to finale after Mad Max’s big mistake: Saudi Arabia GP live

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Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as championship leader Max Verstappen smashed into a wall and could only manage third place.

Verstappen’s hopes were extinguished when his Red Bull speared into the barriers at the exit of the last bend on his final flying lap on the tight, unforgiving Jeddah street circuit just as he appeared poised to unseat his rival.

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“It was terrible,” said a shaken but unhurt Verstappen.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was second and will share the front row on Sunday.

“What a tough track this is,” said Hamilton after a lap of 1min 27.511sec and who remains on course for a record eighth world title.

“It’s incredibly technical and complex. It’s amazing what they have built, the speed, it’s phenomenal.

“We were quick through practice but particularly FP3 and qualifying, we were struggling with the pace and the tyres, so for us to get a one-two, really proud of Valtteri and the team. It’s a great result.

“Given where we were, I’m grateful for what we have got today.”

Hamilton tops practice on fast track | 01:11

For Hamilton, who has cut Verstappen’s championship lead with successive wins in Brazil and Qatar, it was a fifth pole of the season and 103rd of his career.

Verstappen, who has an eight-point lead over Hamilton with just two races left, can claim his first world title on Sunday if he wins the race and Hamilton finishes outside the top six.

If not, the 2021 title battle will go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

“I don’t really understand what happened (on the final flying lap). I locked up a bit,” Verstappen.

“It was terrible but in general, it was a good qualifying. It was a bit hard to switch on the tyres because it’s a street circuit but I knew the pace was there.”

– ‘Pretty brutal’ –

He added: “P3 is disappointing but today did show that the car is quick around here so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Red Bull team chief Christian Horner was hoping Verstappen’s car did not suffer gearbox damage.

If it needs to be replaced the Dutchman will face a grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

“That was looking like the lap of the year. It’s a great shame,” Horner told Sky Sports.

“He just grabbed the front end at the last corner and tried to keep the momentum — as he could see on his dash he was 0.4 up going into the corner — and unfortunately he has ran out of road.

“Pretty brutal but we’ll hope the gearbox isn’t damaged and see what we can do tomorrow. Max will be frustrated. He knows what a good lap it was.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull made up the top five for Sunday’s race, the first to be held in the kingdom.

Leclerc SLAMS wall hard in practice | 00:31

Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Lando Norris (McLaren), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) complete the top 10.

Securing pole capped a dramatic day for seven-time champion Hamilton. He escaped a sanction for yellow flag incidents in Saturday practice after being summoned over an alleged failure to slow under double waved yellow flags, and for blocking the Haas of Nikita Mazepin.

However, the Mercedes star was cleared of any wrongdoing after the stewards admitted that a double-waved yellow light panel had been activated accidentally.

Mercedes were fined 25,000 euros for the second incident.

Verstappen was hit with a five-place grid penalty for failing to respect double-waved yellow flags during qualifying in Qatar last month.

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Ian Moss roasted for national anthem cheat sheet gaffe, reaction, Supercars

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Australian rock legend Ian Moss has been slammed after he was spotted using a cheat sheet while singing the national anthem at the Bathurst 1000.

The popular member of Cold Chisel produced a rousing rendition of his own song Tucker’s Daughter on the hill at Mount Panorama, but his performance of Advance Australia Fair left a lot to be desired.

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Moss was given the honour of singing the national anthem on the track at Mount Panorama with the drivers and teams watching on ahead of the start of the race.

But eagle-eyed fans noticed Moss was constantly glancing down at a piece of paper perched against a large speaker in his performance area.

They quickly came to the conclusion the 66-year-old was using the cheat sheet to help him remember the lyrics, even though he only sang one verse of the anthem.

Moss made no effort to disguise it either, looking down at the sheet after every line to make sure he didn’t forget his lines.

Social media quickly lit up as viewers labelled the Aussie music icon a “disgrace” for not knowing the words to his own country’s national anthem.

Ian Moss needed a cheat sheet to remember the words to the national anthem.
Ian Moss needed a cheat sheet to remember the words to the national anthem.Source: FOX SPORTS

Newspaper editor Adam Hill ripped in to Moss, tweeting: “I cannot believe the bloke singing out national anthem needs to read the words to the song.

“Disgraceful. Doesn’t even hide it when he looks at each line. Poor form. #Bathurst1000.”

“I rate Ian Moss but man that was hard to watch,” sports reporter Adam Murray said.

“Surely Ian Moss wasn’t reading off a cheat sheet at Bathurst, when he just butchered the National Anthem!!!,” one person commented on social media.

“I love #IanMoss but he’s having a Meatloaf moment at #Bathurst,” another said, referring to Meatloaf’s infamous performance at the AFL Grand Final that went down like a lead balloon.

It’s not the first time Moss has played at Australia’s most famous race.

He has performed with Cold Chisel at the racetrack in the past and has also done several hot laps at Bathurst.

“I have fond memories of the early days with Cold Chisel, including playing on a stage set up inside the Mount Panorama racetrack,” he told the Western Advocate in 2018.

“I have done the hot lap a few times at Mount Panorama. I have also played, with Cold Chisel, at Bathurst jail.”

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