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Lewis Hamilton fears Max Verstappen could disqualify him from the Saudi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton admittedly there were moments in his great triumph at the opening ceremony Saudi Arabia grand opening when he fears he will be disqualified from the race by his title rival “crazy f******” Max Verstappen

The Briton took victory at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which has delivered one of the biggest championships of all time, to equal points with Verstappen in the drivers’ championship heading into the final round next weekend. in Abu Dhabi – with the duo colliding on lap 37 of a remarkable race.

The duel is on 369.5 points – the first time the two drivers have tied on points before the final race of a season in 47 years – as a direct result of a rarely reliable event turn.

After breaking out to pole position on Saturday, Hamilton came out on top after a wild race saw him struggle with Red Bull of Verstappen as the two wrestled on the track and pedaled each other on the track.

A notable lap 37 combination saw both drivers dragged in front of management as Hamilton hit Verstappen, with the latter claiming he was trying to let his opponent pass after the overtake earlier only to be penalized for the 10th time, although he still outstripped Valtteri Bottas to hold second place.

In doing so, Verstappen slowed down considerably and Hamilton ran into the rear of Red Bull. “This guy is crazy, man,” his radio call.

Later, when asked about the downhill and whether he felt Verstappen was driving dangerously enough to make Hamilton worry that he could be dropped from the race and lose his chance to fight for the title in Abu Dhabi. , he replied: “I certainly feel that there are scenarios where that is the case.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve had to avoid a collision and that’s how I feel right now, sometimes you say hot things now and go back and see everything and maybe feel different.

“In that moment it was such a feeling but I was just trying to recover myself, chase him and keep fighting.

Max Verstappen, left, and Lewis Hamilton in action (Amr Nabil/AP)

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“Obviously the people around us are willing to go through any level to get through so I’m just trying to keep it on track and stay out of trouble – avoid crashes if I can and I really, really grateful that I finally have a wing.

“I know I can’t pass someone off track and stay in place – that’s well known to all of us drivers, but I guess that applies to one of us.”

Prior to that, Hamilton had taken the lead with his trailing AD carry Valtteri Bottas after holding on to second.

The beginning of a fascinating chain of events will begin when Mick Schumacher plugs his Haas into the barriers at the age of 22.

A safety car was deployed as Hamilton and Bottas plunged into the pit, the latter infuriating Verstappen when he slowed down on the road to avoid waiting behind his teammate at the garage.

Hamilton will soon turn the tide in blue as he goes crazy over his decision to red flag the race, essentially handing Verstappen a free stop.

Hamilton prepares to restart race (Andrej Isakovic/AP)

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An 18-minute delay for the fence to be repaired then resulted in the start of the stand with a second red flag being thrown after a collision in the midfield area.

Still time for drama at the top of the pitch, Hamilton overtook Verstappen, who then cut a turn to keep the lead while Esteban Ocon also overtook Hamilton and finished second.

During halftime when the most recent crash was cleared, the FIA ​​and Red Bull then exchanged a penalty for Verstappen. It was agreed that he would fall behind Hamilton in the second reboot, with Ocon on pole for Alpine.

An inward dash in the second restart gave Verstappen the lead but Hamilton soon overtook Ocon and trailed his title rival.

When Hamilton closed, several virtual safety cars because of debris on the track halted his lead duties.

But when the way was clear, he was forced out again by Verstappen, who was asked by the Red Bull garage to return his position to him.

This will lead to the race flash point, the result of a collision that causes both to respond to the race manager.

Despite damage to the wing, Hamilton would pass as soon as Verstappen was hit with a five-second penalty for having won the advantage in their previous challenge.

Since then, Hamilton has taken the checkered lead, Verstappen going home in second, declaring later on radio: “This (sport) is more about penalties than racing, ” and then added: “It’s been a trend in F1 in general lately, that’s not how I grew up watching Formula One. We have to deal with it.

“Emotions were very high and that was it. I don’t agree with the decision but I don’t want to waste too much time on it because we don’t need to make headlines about it – they (Mercedes) don’t deserve it.”

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