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Lewis Hamilton wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix pole in Max Verstappen crash

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as title rival Max Verstappen crashed trying to beat the Mercedes driver’s time.

In a gripping seesaw qualifying session, Verstappen hit a wall at the exit of the final corner when he seemed to drive Hamilton out of the front of the grid.

Verstappen was ringing Red Bull’s neck when he looked like the best lap, but he was late for the brakes on Turn 27 and slid a lot at the exit, breaking the rear suspension.

To insult the injury, Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas also beat Verstappen’s fastest time and joined Hamilton in the front row.

And there is a question as to whether Verstappen may have damaged the gearbox of his car. If a replacement is needed, he will receive a 5-digit grid penalty and will drop from 3rd to 8th.

The Dutch lead Hamilton by eight points, with two races remaining.

Although the championship battles are in a balanced state, it is important for Hamilton to win in Saudi Arabia over Verstappen in the desired context of each driver’s title.

If Verstappen beats Hamilton, the Mercedes driver will have to overhaul the Dutch in trouble in the final race in Abu Dhabi. However, Verstappen finished second in Jeddah after Hamilton and can still raise the level more or less in points.

Max Verstappen
Verstappen stops the car and then leaves

There is nothing between the title rivals

Verstappen set the pace in the first run of the final qualifying and was nearly 0.4 seconds faster than Hamilton.

Hamilton was lascivious on his first run, made a mistake in the first corner of one lap, then slid on turn 6 and finally set the time.

However, he sneaked up ahead of Verstappen’s first run on his second run, 0.142 seconds ahead of the Dutch.

After that, Verstappen had a great time on the final lap.

He was at the end of Turn 1, lightly brushing the exit wall and climbing more than 0.2 seconds in Hamilton’s time after the first two sectors of the lap.

With such an advantage, he could afford to be relatively cautious in the final corner. Instead, he braked too late in the last corner, too deep, grew sideways at the exit, and hit the wall sideways.

It seemed to be his first big mistake that it was the best season by Verstappen, and it is not yet known how expensive it is.

“Of course it’s terrible,” Verstappen said. “It was a good qualifying. I knew the pace was there. I’m not sure what happened, but I had to lock, cut off the wall and stop.

“P3 is a bit disappointing, but the car is fast so let’s see what we can do in the race.”

Hamilton said: “Friday was very fast, but for some reason I wasn’t able to keep pace in the final practice and qualifying and I was struggling with the tires. This is a great result to get a one-on-two.

“They were so fast. Those bulls were incredible around this track.”

To make matters worse for Red Bull, Charles Leclerc moved Ferrari to the second row in fourth place and dropped Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez to fifth.

Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Guthrie was ranked 6th by teammate Yuki Tsunoda and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi have completed the Top 10.

The title race Hamilton V Verstappen has replaced the lead six times so far in the 2021 season.

Carlos Sainz’s second Ferrari will start in 15th place after a difficult session for the Spaniards.

Sainz spun fast on the turn nine on the first lap of the second session. He managed to avoid a major crash, but when he slipped sideways and was damaged, the end plate on the rear wing of the car clipped the barrier.

There was no time to repair it, Sainz didn’t recognize it when he went out for a retry, there was another moment in the same corner, and the rear snapped and took him to the run-off area.

Saudi Arabian GP
This is the first F1 race to be held in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian GP
Jeddah is a port city on the Red Sea

Hamilton has 5 poles and Verstappen has 9 poles this season

Saudi Arabian GP
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is ​​available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport websites.

Lewis Hamilton wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix pole in Max Verstappen crash

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