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Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix 2021: date, UK start time, live stream, race schedule and how to watch Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue the battle for the championship


The Formula 1 title race is about to unfold as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue to face each other.

Hamilton reduced Verstappen’s lead at the top of the F1 standings to just eight points with a comfortable Qatar Grand Prix victory this weekend.

Hamilton and Verstappen could well enter the final level of the points race if they have another double in Saudi Arabia
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We are now heading to Saudi Arabia for the penultimate Grand Prix of the season as the title contenders face off again.

Verstappen could clinch glory in Jeddah, but Hamilton will look to win again and force one final shootout in Abu Dhabi in mid-December.

It has been an exciting season and one of the most secret title battles in recent memory.

And fans are hoping for more fireworks at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: start date and time

There will be three practice sessions for the penultimate Grand Prix of the season, including two on Friday December 3 and one on the morning of Saturday December 4.

Qualifying will then take place later on Saturday and start at 4 p.m. UK time.

And the race itself will take place at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Sunday, December 5th. The lights are scheduled to go out at 5.30 p.m. UK time.

Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix 2021: date, UK start time, live stream, race schedule and how to watch Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue the battle for the championship
Hamilton clinched a comfortable victory at the Qatar Grand Prix this weekend
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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: live stream and how to watch

Live coverage will be broadcast on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend with practice coverage starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 3.

Their qualifying coverage will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday while their full race schedule will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Hamilton vs Verstappen

With only two races to go this season, Verstappen leads Hamilton by eight points.

There are of course a multitude of permutations regarding the title and Verstappen can claim the crown in Saudi Arabia.

If he wins, claims the fastest lap and Hamilton is 6th or wins and Hamilton is 7th, the Dutchman will claim the glory.

Likewise, Verstappen will win the title if he is 2nd with the fastest lap and Hamilton is 10th or 2nd and Hamilton fails to score.

Hamilton will look to improve his rival (or finish as close as possible) and lead him to the final race.

In the F1 constructors rankings, Mercedes leads with 546.5 while Red Bull is second with 541.5.

Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix 2021: date, UK start time, live stream, race schedule and how to watch Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue the battle for the championship
Verstappen eight points clear at top of F1 standings
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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: what has been said?

Lewis Hamilton: “The last two weeks have been fantastic, just amazing. But there is no time for celebration, I will be back with the team and practice, stay on it with my head down.

“I don’t have too many emotions other than being driven at the moment, but it’s just amazing to be able to close so many points in the last two races, which was important.

[Red Bull are] obviously still very fast as you can see today with their fastest lap and their two cars overtaking just about everyone quite easily. So we still have some work to do.

“I love it. I love the close battle, the pressure, the demands it places on you and the whole team.

“So I really enjoyed it, but these next two races require even better performance so we’ll bring our ‘triple A’ game to these.”

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