The first edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix did not disappoint. After an eventful race, it was Lewis Hamilton who finally took the lead. Max Verstappen must watch wistfully as Hamilton now comes by his side at the World Cup centre.
View advice! An extensive report on the great Formula 1 race in Saudi Arabia
Accidents everywhere in Jeddah
“The fastest street circuit in the world”. For example, the all-new circuit in Jeddah presented itself as the backdrop to the penultimate Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season. Lewis Hamilton was allowed to start from pole position in Saudi Arabia, and Verstappen started a lower row after an expensive qualifying error.
The narrow and lightning-fast rotation would ensure the scene and that’s what happened. Mick Schumacher was the first to park his car to the side, and it was the harbinger of an eventful evening.
During the safety car’s first stop, Mercedes called Hamilton to change tires. Verstappen did not. A tactically smart move, as it turns out, because when the red flag flew shortly after, Verstappen was allowed to start from first place on restart.
However, this restart immediately caused a new bit of chaos: Perez, Russell and Mazepin collided hard, and the race was over for the three of them. This was tough, especially for Perez and Red Bull, because the racing stable lost valuable points in the battle for the constructors’ title.
What followed was a stunning consultation between race management and Red Bull about a questionable maneuver by Verstappen in the first restart. In the end, Verstappen was pushed two places back in the new reboot. Ocon and Hamilton were given a first grader as a gift.
The safety car was a busy work day.
Hamilton wins unforgettable giant duel with Verstappen
This reboot will provide a lot of scenery, just like the first. Verstappen withdrew with a vintage maneuver into the first inner corner and grabbed the lead again. Hamilton scratched his hair, quickly tackled Ocon and crawled in Verstappen’s heels. The duel of the titans presented itself.
After two more yellow flags for accidents in the back, Verstappen and Hamilton still have ten laps to battle for victory. Hamilton thought his moment had come and launched his long-awaited attack, but Verstappen threw his neck in front and blocked.
However, the race director saw a mistake and forced Verstappen to relinquish his leading position to Hamilton. The Dutchman obeyed and slowed down, but as a result, Hamilton, who tapped Verstappen’s rear with his front wing, was blocked.
An angry Hamilton drew strength from him and not long after that it was Verstappen. In addition, the Dutchman also received a 5-second penalty for a questionable maneuver earlier. The case was suddenly settled in Hamilton’s favour.
The Briton takes the GP for the third time in a row in Saudi Arabia, and because of his fastest lap, he is on the same level as Verstappen at the World Cup. Bottas completed the Mercedes party by folding the Ocon at the end and finishing third. A very exciting apotheosis awaits in Abu Dhabi next week.
|Saudi Arabia result|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain)||mercedes|
|2.||Max Verstappen (Ned)||Red Bull|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas (Vin)||mercedes|
|4.||Esteban Ocon (FRA)||Alps|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)||McLaren|
|6.||Pierre Gasly (fra)||Alpha Tour|
|7.||Charles Leclerc (Mon)||Ferrari|
|8.||Carlos Sainz (spa)||Ferrari|
|9.||Antonio Giovannazzi (ETA)||Alfa Romeo|
|10.||Norris Land (Britain)||McLaren|
|11.||Lance Stroller (Can)||Aston Martin|
|12.||Nicholas Latifi (Cannes)||Williams|
|13.||Fernando Alonso (spa)||Alps|
|14.||Yuki Tsunoda (Japan)||Alpha Tour|
|15th.||Kimi Raikkonen (Ven)||Alfa Romeo|
|Formula 1 World Cup 2021 standings|
|1.||Max Verstappen (Ned)||Red Bull||369.5 (9 wins)|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain)||mercedes||369.5 (8 wins)|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas (Vin)||mercedes||218|
|4.||Sergio Perez (mix)||Red Bull||190|
|5.||Charles Leclerc (Mon)||Ferrari||158|
|6.||Norris Land (Britain)||McLaren||154|
|7.||Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spa)||Ferrari||149.5|
|8.||Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)||McLaren||115|
|9.||Pierre Gasly (fra)||AlphaTauri||100|
|10.||Fernando Alonso (spa)||Alps||77|
|11.||Esteban Ocon (FRA)||Alps||72|
|12.||Sebastian Vettel (BW)||Aston Martin||43|
|13.||Lance Stroller (Can)||Aston Martin||34|
|14.||Yuki Tsunoda (Japan)||AlphaTauri||20|
|15th.||George Russell (Great Britain)||Williams||16|
|16.||Kimi Raikkonen (Ven)||Alfa Romeo||10|
|17.||Nicholas Latifi (Cannes)||Williams||7|
|18.||Antonio Giovinazzi (ETA)||Alfa Romeo||3|
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