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F1: Today’s Saudi Grand Prix results. Hamilton won

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Briton Lewis Hamilton won the first Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia, the penultimate event of the Formula 1 series. In a dramatic race, he triumphed over his biggest rival, Dutch Max Verstappen of Red Bull. France’s Esteban Ocon of the Alps finished third.

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Verstappen entered the race as the running leader and under certain conditions would have won the championship before the season finale event. However, Hamilton’s victory means that the winner of the 2021 season will be decided at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday 12 December.

For the 7-time world champion, the victory in Jeddah was the seventh of the season and 102nd place in his career. Before the final races of the season, Hamilton and Verstappen scored 369.5 points equally.

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Formula 1: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen

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Qualifier winner Hamilton retained pole position ahead of Bottas after the start. Verstappen III withstood Leclerc’s attack. The Brits gradually increased their lead and after lap 10 he was 8secs ahead of Bottas. However, Schumacher lost control of the monoshaft, crashed into a barrier and a safety vehicle crashed into the track.

Competitors used it to visit pits. Three laps later, the race directorate decided to raise the red flag as Schumacher damaged the hurdle too much in the accident. After the second half, Verstappen was in pole position, but Hamilton overtook him after the fight. Shortly thereafter, Perez, Mazepin and Russell collided and the race was again interrupted. Before the second restart, Hamilton-Ocon-Verstappen led the way.

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Formula 1: Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

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However, Verstappen’s restart went perfectly and he took the lead. Hamilton attacked him several times, in the 37th round Verstappen was knocked off the track when he was firmly guarding his position shortly before that. The commissioners later imposed a 5-second penalty.

On the next lap, Verstappen ran a straight line and seemed to fire Hamilton. He hit him and damaged his front wing. Nevertheless, he continued to ride, then scored the fastest lap and on lap 44 he was definitely ahead of his rival. Verstappen no longer had the speed on the worn tyres and finished in second place.