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Hamilton wins Saudi Arabian GP to attract degree with Verstappen | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Revealed On Dec 06, 2021 11:57:00 AM

Hamilton and Verstappen now head into the Abu Dhabi GP finale on equal factors.

Lewis Hamilton gained the chaotic Saudi Arabian GP, taking his championship battle with Max Verstappen proper all the way down to the wire. The 2 head into the Abu Dhabi GP finale later this week on equal factors.

The primary-ever F1 race at Jeddah was a dramatic affair – with two crimson flag stoppages, much more digital security automotive intervals, a collision between the title protagonists and even some controversial  choices from the stewards.

  • Verstappen handed penalty for collision with Hamilton
  • Each drivers equal on 369.5 factors

Hamilton defeats Verstappen

Main away from pole place, Hamilton was pulling away on the entrance when Mick Schumacher crashed on lap 10, bringing out the protection automotive. Mercedes opted to pit each drivers on the time, whereas Crimson Bull determined to go away Verstappen out longer. Quickly after, the race was red-flagged to repair the broken barrier, handing Verstappen a free tyre change and the higher hand.

Hamilton as soon as once more moved into the lead on the re-start, whereas Verstappen went vast off-track on the first chicane and reduce throughout Hamilton. Because of this, the Mercedes driver dropped to 3rd behind Verstappen and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

Earlier than lengthy, the race was red-flagged once more – this time resulting from two completely different incidents involving Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, and Nikita Mazepin and George Russell. Within the pits, race director Michael Masi needed to become involved in a deliberation with Crimson Bull and Mercedes, and at last the choice was made to restart the race with Ocon first, Hamilton second and Verstappen third.

Verstappen, utilizing his new medium tyres, aced the restart to as soon as once more take the lead. Hamilton (who was on the laborious tyres) briefly dropped to 3rd behind Ocon, however rapidly overtook the Alpine driver. The 2 title rivals continued to scrap over the subsequent couple of laps, with Hamilton pulling in inside DRS vary.

Hamilton tried a transfer on lap 36, however Verstappen was in a position to retain the lead after working vast at Flip 2. The Crimson Bull driver was instructed to offer the place again to Hamilton, nonetheless, resulting from miscommunication between race management and Mercedes, this message wasn’t relayed to Hamilton.

As Verstappen slowed down on lap 37, Hamilton was caught off guard and touched the Crimson Bull’s rear, sustaining harm to his entrance wing. As this incident was being investigated, stewards handed Verstappen a 5-sec penalty for his earlier Flip 1 incident.

By Lap 44, Hamilton lastly discovered a well beyond Verstappen and went on to win the drama-packed race as his Crimson Bull rival nursed his tyres house. “I’ve been racing a very long time however that was positively, that was extremely powerful, and I attempted to be as smart and as powerful as I may very well be on the market, but additionally smart and with all my race expertise through the years, simply conserving the automotive on monitor and staying clear,” Hamilton mentioned after the race.

Verstappen hit with penalty

Verstappen completed second, however was hit with one other penalty after the race – this time a 10-sec penalty for his Lap 37 collision with Hamilton. The hole between him and Bottas behind was large enough that Verstappen nonetheless holds on to second place, however he’s been handed two penalty factors as effectively.

Ocon missed out on the rostrum by simply 0.102sec, as Bottas handed him proper on the chequered flag. Daniel Ricciardo ended up fifth, adopted by AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris accomplished the highest 10.

2021 F1 drivers’ championship standings

Forward of the upcoming season finale at Abu Dhabi, each Hamilton and Verstappen stand on equal footing with 369.5 factors.

That is solely the second time in F1 historical past that two drivers are tied going into the ultimate race. The final time this occurred was in 1974, when Emerson Fittipaldi gained the title over Clay Regazzoni.

With tensions working at an all-time excessive, one factor is for sure – the followers are in for a spectacle.

2021 Saudi Arabian GP outcomes

2021 Saudi Arabian GP outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull Racing
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4 Esteban Ocon Alpine
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
10 Lando Norris McLaren
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
12 Nicholas Latifi Williams
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
NC Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
NC Sergio Perez Crimson Bull Racing
NC Nikita Mazepin Haas
NC George Russell Williams
NC Mick Schumacher Haas

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