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Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

THE Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was one of the most memorable in recent history.

Jeddah certainly lived up to the hype. Fans saw two red flags, crashes, near misses and time penalties.

Verstappen leads the title race due to having more GP wins than Hamilton

Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton ultimately came out on top, edging out title rival Max Verstappen.

The Brit’s win draws him level on points with the Dutchman with just Abu Dhabi to go.

There are two scenarios which could see the pair end the season level on points, albeit unlikely.

But fans will want to seen an out-right winner next weekend.

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Hamilton is the bookies’ odds-on favourite to win a record eighth world championship.

But what seven key moments in Saudi set up the title-decider?


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Taking the Mick

Mick Schumacher was the first to drop out of the Saudi GP after he spun out and hit the Turn 23 barriers.

The Safety Car turned into a red flag shortly after, handing Verstappen the opportunity to pit and change tyres.

Hamilton, on the other hand, was stopped under yellows.

Schumacher’s crash saw the red flag come out for the first time in the evening

Maze Runner

Hamilton’s lead looked to have disappeared come Lap 15 when Verstappen ran off the track at the first Chicane.

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The Dutchman then cut back across Hamilton, forcing the Brit to drop down to third behind Esteban Ocon.

However, a red flag stopped the race again after Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Nikita Mazepin and George Russell were involved in an incident.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate was forced to retire five laps later

Flying Dutchman

After some bargaining, Mercedes and Red Bull came to the agreement that Hamilton would restart in P2 and Verstappen in P3, behind Alpine’s Ocon.

Verstappen made an unbelievable move up the inside of the first Chicane to take the lead, sandwiching Hamilton in between the Alpine.

The calculated but risky move paid off for the 24-year-old.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Hamilton pulled off one of the moves of the race as he cut up the inside of Hamilton

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

The Brit was caught in the middle of a Red Bull-Alpine sandwich

DRS range

After three Virtual Saftey Cars between Laps 28 to 36, Hamilton got within range of Verstappen to make use of his DRS.

Verstappen braked late at the end of the main straight, running wide, but retaining the lead.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Hamilton tried to take advantage of his DRS, but Verstappen braked late into the corner to maintain his lead

Are Lew kidding me?

Verstappen’s late braking saw him be forced to give up P1 to his title rival in Lap 37.

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Some confusion over Verstappen giving up the place saw Hamilton clip the back of the Red Bull car, causing minor damage to his front wing.

A move Hamilton wasn’t too happy with.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Verstappen was instructed to hand the lead to Hamilton, but braked hard, causing Hamilton to clip the back of his car

Second time lucky?

Hamilton tried to get past Verstappen again in Lap 42, but was again met with a feisty defence.

Verstappen pushed him wide to keep his place.

But was later punished with a five-second time penalty.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Hamilton was pushed wide by his title rival with eight laps to go and the Dutchman was slapped with a five-second penalty

You snooze, Lew lose

Hamilton finally got a clean pass on the Red Bull driver in Lap 43 on Turn 27.

The title-chasing Brit also put in the fastest lap of the race, despite finishing with a damaged wing.

Ocon – who benefitted from the earlier red flag allowing a change of tyres – was pipped on the line by Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, completing a Mercedes first and third-placed finish.

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Hamilton took 26 points to Verstappen’s 18, tying up the title race at 369.5 points each.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Hamilton got his way in the end and claimed a third-straight win to draw level in the title race

Stewards later investigated the collision between the pair after the race and slapped Verstappen with an additional ten-second penalty.

Mercedes celebrated on the podium with Hamilton’s dreams of an eighth F1 crown still alive, as well as all-but tying up the constructors championship.

Verstappen, far from pleased, refused to stay and spray champagne, and instead stormed off stage and left the Merc three to drench each other.

, Seven key moments of Saudi Arabian GP from red flag chaos to Verstappen and Hamilton crash leading to last-race showdown

Verstappen didn’t stick around on the podium as the Merc trio celebrated

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