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Lewis Hamilton conquers Saudi Arabia GP pole position after Max Verstappen’s dramatic mistake in the last corner

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Qualifying for the first-ever Saudi Arabian GP took place on the brand new Jeddah Corniche Circuit. The fact that this also happened under artificial light resulted in beautiful atmospheric images.

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But of course the drivers were keen to get around the track as quickly as possible and they clearly wanted to get out of the pit lane as quickly as possible at the start of Q1 to get onto the track. They were all afraid of a possible interruption of the session because the walls of the circuit are merciless, they already proved that during the practice sessions on Friday.



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Max Verstappen quickly set a provisional best time to play it safe. Lewis Hamilton also tried that, but he immediately made a mistake.

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Also in Q2 the drivers wanted to get out on track very quickly. As in Q1, there was also the risk of traffic interfering with your fast lap in the second qualifying section.

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The drivers were clearly pushing the limit in Q2 and went over the limit several times. First we saw Max Verstappen going over the curbs fiercely. That remained without serious consequences, but moments later Carlos Sainz escaped much worse. The Spaniard miraculously kept his car out of the wall but was killed in Q2.

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In the end it was Lewis Hamilton who set the fastest time in Q2, ahead of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

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On his first fast run in Q3, when the pole position is being contested, Lewis made a mistake. Hamilton’s lap was over but moments later he went to the provisional best time during a second attempt. However, Max Verstappen went almost four tenths under Hamilton’s time on his first fast lap. Provisional pole position for the Dutchman.

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However, there was an ultimate attempt by both title rivals in the final minutes. Lewis Hamilton improved his time and set the fastest time. Max Verstappen, however, still had the chance to hit back.

Verstappen seemed on his way to pole position because in his Red Bull he was more than two tenths faster than Hamilton. In the very last corner, however, things went wrong for Verstappen because there he braked and hit the wall with his Red Bull F1 car.

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So no pole position for Max Verstappen, but for Lewis Hamilton. To make matters worse for Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas starts from the front row in the second Mercedes. Verstappen has to settle for third place and above all hope that there is no serious damage to his car.

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Verstappen’s mistake could also have serious consequences for the title fight in Formula 1. It remains to be seen whether the Dutchman can still hit back during the race.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.466s 1:27.712s 1:27.511s

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 28.057s 1: 28.054s 1: 27.622s

3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.285s 1:27.953s 1:27.653s

4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 28.310s 1: 28.459s 1: 28.054s

5 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 28.021s 1: 27.946s 1: 28.123s

6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:28.401s 1:28.314s 1:28.125s

7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:28.338s 1:28.344s 1:28.180s

8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:28.503s 1:28.222s 1:28.442s

9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:28.752s 1:28.574s 1:28.647s

10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 28.899s 1: 28.616s 1: 28.754s

11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:28.216s 1:28.668s

12 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 28.856s 1: 28.885s

13 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:28.944s 1:28.920s

14 George Russell Williams 1:28.926s 1:29.054s

15 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 28.237s 1: 53.652s

16 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:29.177s

17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:29.198s

18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:29.368s

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:29.464s

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:30.473s

More F1 news:“An eighth world title does not make Lewis Hamilton bigger than Michael Schumacher”Lewis Hamilton escapes penalty for hindering Nikita MazepinRed Bull hopeful: “We are performing better than expected here”VIDEO: Big crash during Saudi Arabia GP practice sessionGrenfell fire survivors ask Mercedes to break with new sponsor

(F1journaal.be)

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