LEWIS HAMILTON has said that Max Verstappen is “crazy” after the two collided in the Saudi Arabian GP.
Hamilton has now entered the final race of the season on par with Verstappen as this epic F1 season continues.
This dramatic race defeat will continue to spark as Hamilton’s hunt for the world number eight title resumes.
For Verstappen, the non-alcoholic Champagne remained on the ice in this dry county as he lost in the heat.
Hamilton had a perfect start from the pole, trailing his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and importantly Verstappen.
Then he started doing laps to extend his lead in the fresh air in front of him.
Hamilton set up fastest lap after fastest lap while Bottas obediently did his job as a hunter to stop Verstappen’s menace.
But this track, which claims to be “the fastest street in the world” with its unforgiving concrete barriers and 27 turns will never affect the outcome of the results.
It did, of course, play a role, Verstappen’s accident in qualifying prevented him from securing a solid mainstay position.
And so it was demonstrated in the 10th lap of 50 when Schumacher plunged into the fence at 22 years old.
The malevolent race director, Michael Masi, initially decided to deploy the safety car while Schumacher’s Haas was restored.
Masi don’t forget, work for the FIA - F1’s governing body; the same group of people who took FIVE DAYS to decide not to investigate Verstappen’s controversial defense in Brazil.
Those who skipped a year old punished Verstappen in Qatar with a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the flag waving twice.
However, Hamilton was disqualified for the same offense in Saudi Arabia, and received only one dot for blocking Nikita Mazepin.
Consistency was lacking, and so it was demonstrated when Masi then decided to stop the race after Schumacher’s collision.
His delay in doing so meant Merc was pitted against Hamilton from the lead and Bottas for hard tyres, boosting Verstappen’s lead.
Rolling the dice appeared to be a counterproductive gamble as the red flag then allowed Verstappen to change his tires during the break.
Hamilton was furious, insisting that the safety fence was still intact and they should have been allowed to continue.
“Why is it a red flag? The sidewall looks fine,” he said. “Find out what the reason for the red flag is.”
After an 18-minute delay, the race resumed from the beginning and Hamilton made another excellent run.
He got past Verstappen, who was forced to kick wide in the first round but managed to get over the curb to keep the lead.
It was a bad decision to tell him to abandon the place, but what followed could only be described as chaos.
First, the race was stopped for the second time. Masi deployed the red flag after another major shunt involving George Russell, Mazepin and Sergio Perez.
But then there was the goddamn silly situation where Masi made an “offer” for Red Bull to start in second place on the grid to start over.
Red Bull Team director Jonathan Wheatley made the opposite offer that they would accept second place on the condition that they finish behind Esteban Ocon.
Masi, having messed up his math, was then forced to correct his mistake and point out that while Ocon is currently second, Verstappen will have to line up for third.
It’s like a referee in football making a deal with a manager about whether it should be a penalty kick.
And so came the third reboot with Ocon, who started at ninth, on pole.
Hamilton in second and Verstappen in third but on faster average tyres.
That contributed to Verstappen’s advantage as a brilliant start put him ahead of both Ocon and Hamilton to take first place.
Hamilton then finished second when this trouble-filled race finally caught on to some sort.
But it was only temporary as it was once again punctured by the virtual safety cars as debris began to fall from the battle scaring the cars away.
However, there is still time for more drama – and this is the biggest time when Verstappen and Hamilton come into contact.
In previous rounds, Verstappen held off Hamilton in the first round, but in defense he ran wide and continued.
The managers asked him to surrender his position and so in lap 37 he seemed to slow down, pushing Hamilton into the back of his Red Bull.
Livid Hamilton alleges Verstappen tried to brake him and his boss Toto Wolff exploded in a rampage in the team garage.
The incident will be investigated by the managers after the race, which could get Verstappen into even more trouble.
He then refused to surrender, sparking the outrage of the managers again with a five-second penalty.
And so, when he allowed Hamilton to get through to lap 42, he then won back P1 in controversial fashion.
In the end, he allowed Hamilton to pass, who went on to take the checkered flag and the fastest lap bonus points – meaning they were all squares heading into the finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of the day. next week.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/motorsport/16948779/hamilton-saudi-arabia-verstappen-crash-f1/ Hamilton wins thrilling Saudi Arabia to go LEVEL on points with Verstappen after hot race as title rivals collapse