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Saudi Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton set to overtake Max Verstappen’s lead in F1 title race

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Lewis Hamilton claims an extremely important position for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix tonight against Max Verstappen as the F1 title race takes on another twist.

The Red Bull driver was poised to overtake his rival Mercedes before a horrific collision confirmed the champion from seven times at the front of the grid in what promises to be a historic race in Jeddah.

Now the British, who admits his pride in gaining an edge over his title opponent in terms of qualifications. It promises to be a race filled with suspense and tension as the Formula 1 season reaches its penultimate race before the grand finale in Abu Dhabi. It’s imperative that Hamilton win here, and Verstappen could move to the brink of title glory with a win, as it would extend his lead enough that only a significant trouble could result. could stop him from winning even if the Mercedes star wins the final race in Abu Dhabi.

And after a rare mistake from Verstappen during a dramatic match in qualifying, he admitted: “Of course it was terrible. It was a good qualifier. I knew the speed was there, I didn’t really understand what was going on but I was locked, tight against the wall and had to stop. P3 was a bit disappointing but the car was quick and let’s see what we can do in the race.”

Follow live race updates from Jeddah, reactions and analysis as the F1 season unfolds:

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Hamilton ‘proud’ has an edge in Saudi Arabia

Lewis Hamilton was described at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit as driving on a “blade” as he expressed pride in taking the 103rd pole finish of his record-breaking career in Saudi Arabia.

“I think for all of us, we tried really hard,” Hamilton said. “We are all very close but I think today the Bulls were definitely faster.

“I am proud of the work we all have done. It was one of the most intense tournaments I think we’ve had in a while.

“It’s about trying to find the right balance of being on that blade, you can see from Max, we’re all on the fringes, there’s a ‘wall of champions’ everywhere. place here.

“We were all more committed and I got that lap right at the end, which is good enough but if Max finishes his lap he’ll take the lead, but regardless I’m happy.”

Jamie BraidwoodDecember 5, 2021 13:12

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Horner hits F1 man ‘contradictory’ after Hamilton escapes penalty

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner called for “consistency” as Lewis Hamilton escaped the net penalty after being called up with the manager for two separate incidents at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton will start at pole for Sunday’s race after Max Verstappen hit the wall on the final lap of a dramatic classification session and there was more drama earlier in the day when Hamilton was called to the hourly manager before the start of qualifying in Jeddah after allegedly disrespecting the yellow flag waving and obstructing Nikita Mazepin.

Hamilton faces no further action over the yellow flag incident after the FIA ​​admitted that the signals were triggered “accidentally” and in less than a second.

And while the seven-time world champion received a reprimand and Mercedes was fined €25,000 for obstructing Mazepin during the Haas driver’s hot lap, Hamilton escaped any possible penalties in the penultimate race. Of the season.

“We’ll take a close look at it,” Horner told Sky Sports when asked if Red Bull would appeal the FIA’s ruling on the two incidents in fact. “It feels a bit contradictory compared to what we saw two weeks ago. We have the right to appeal and we will review the information. “

Jamie BraidwoodDecember 5, 2021 13:05

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Mercedes pole boss Hamilton ‘gone’ before Verstappen crash

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted he thought Lewis Hamilton was about to lose pole position before Max Verstappen hit his head against a wall during a dramatic qualifying match at the Saudi Grand Prix.

Reacting to Verstappen’s crash, Wolff told Sky Sports. “He gained half a second and was basically gone. Then he ran wide and hit the wall and we finished one and two, which is a big, big, huge advantage before tomorrow. It’s just crazy.

“It’s important to keep it together and keep attacking. You see with Valtteri [Bottas] with his lap, that’s a big difference there with front seat door locks.

“I hope we can do it tomorrow. I think they [Red Bull] focus on preparing for a round one. If we have a slight edge tomorrow, who knows.”

Jamie BraidwoodDecember 5, 2021 12:56

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Max Verstappen’s regret over qualifying for the Saudi Grand Prix

After Lewis Hamilton won pole yesterday and his title competitor Max Verstappen dashed out in the final corner of qualifying, here’s what the Belgian-Dutch driver had to say:

“It was terrible but overall it was a good qualifier.

“I knew the pace was there and it showed in the last lap.

“I don’t understand what happened, but I was locked… tailgating and it was disappointing to know which lap I was on.

“P3 was a bit disappointing but the car was fast and let’s see what we can do in the race.”

Max Verstappen trudged back to the hole after crashing in qualifying

(Beautiful pictures)

Alex PattleDecember 5, 2021 12:29

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Lewis Hamilton wins Saudi Grand Prix as Max Verstappen fails in Q3

Lewis Hamilton ended an eventful Saturday in the inaugural Saudi Arabia grand opening with a pole position and a slap on the wrist like title opponents Max Verstappen splash happened in the last corner of qualifying.

Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship with just eight points with two races left and Hamilton prevails here at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Having won the previous two rounds of an exciting season, Hamilton arrived here with plenty of motivation, but he had to get past two penalties in the final game before claiming a vital post on a track. where the pass can be the highest.

Jack RathbornDecember 5, 2021 12:17

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Saudi Grand Prix: Predictions

Mercedes has made it clear in the last two races that they are ahead of Red Bull in speed. Both the Brazilian and the Qatar Grands Prix have shown that Verstappen will be up against it if he wants to retain the season-end fee from Hamilton. And, with a thrilling final race in Abu Dhabi on the cards, the Briton could level things or even push ahead next weekend.

Jack RathbornDecember 5, 2021 12:03

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