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Huge drama at Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton defeats Max Verstappen after crash and race is suspended TWICE with both teams raging


Lewis Hamilton won the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which was far from dramatic as the two collided after the race was suspended twice in the first 16 laps.

Hamilton and Verstappen have had a series of incidents with the Drivers’ Championship at stake and will now enter the final race in Abu Dhabi on a level playing field.

The initial start went off without incident, but drama soon ensued.
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Hamilton’s quest to close the championship gap started well as he led the line.

The seven-time world champion started the race on pole, eight points behind Verstappen in the standings, but with the Red Bull man third on the grid.

After a serious crash in the previous Formula 2 race, there was no rehearsal in the main event as Hamilton fled and teammate Valtteri Bottas quickly took on the role of rear gunner with Verstappen, seeking to clinch the title if he could beat Hamilton. 18 points, in third.

The field was regrouped by a safety car on lap 10 after Mick Schumacher entered the barriers, triggering a frantic pit stop action.

Mercedes stacked their drivers, pitting Hamilton against Bottas to change tires earlier – but Red Bull played and left Verstappen out, with the Dutchman taking the lead in the process.

Then fortune shifted in the direction of Verstappen as the race was marked with a red flag and the cars were ordered to return to the pit lane as the damage to the barrier from the Schumacher accident required special attention.

Huge drama at Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton defeats Max Verstappen after crash and race is suspended TWICE with both teams raging
The Schumacher crash completely changed the dynamics
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This allowed Verstappen to change tires without stinging and relinquishing their newly acquired first position.

Hamilton was far from happy with the situation and complained to his team over the radio.

When they finally rebooted, the standing start had more drama than the original.

Verstappen complained in the pre-restart lap as Hamilton kept a great distance between them, allowing him to build up more tire temperatures.

As the lights went out again, Hamilton passed Verstappen who cut the first corner to keep the lead. Esteban Ocon also flew over Hamilton, which fell to third place.

Moments later the red flag fell again, this time with Nikita Mazepin’s second Haas entering the wall after overtaking Sergio Perez’s Red Bull.

Hamilton and Mercedes complained about the way Verstappen regained the lead so the stewards decided the second restart would see Ocon first, Hamilton second and Verstappen third.

Huge drama at Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton defeats Max Verstappen after crash and race is suspended TWICE with both teams raging
Hamilton made his feelings known in the pit lane between restarts
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However, Verstappen didn’t make the same mistakes again and had a nice second raise.

The Dutchman made a good move to fly over Hamilton then Ocon in quick succession.

Hamilton passed Ocon and came back to second in pursuit of Verstappen once again.

A series of virtual track debris safety cars slowed this chase, but on lap 37 Hamilton was ready for action.

Once again the pair charged into the first corner and Hamilton seemed to have taken the lead before Verstappen cut the corner.

Huge drama at Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton defeats Max Verstappen after crash and race is suspended TWICE with both teams raging
Hamilton and Verstappen controversially collided
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Hamilton was fuming, “This guy is fucking crazy.”

Verstappen was ordered to return the place to Hamilton, but the pair then collided as the Dutchman slowed down in front of his rival.

Red Bull argued that they were trying to surrender the place, but Mercedes apparently didn’t realize it, hence the minor crash.

Toto Wolff stormed into the pit lane and Verstappen eventually relinquished the position with Hamilton taking the lead on lap 42.

But this change was only short-lived as Verstappen immediately took over the position.

He was then given a five-second penalty for the previous drama and Hamilton regained the lead in another pass on lap 43.

It was the last drama of the evening and the Briton took the win, also collecting an extra point for the fastest lap.

Verstappen and Hamilton are now tied on points heading into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.




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