Lewis Hamilton starts Saudi Arabia GP on pole but what can Max Verstappen do?
During qualifying, Max Verstappen missed pole position after crashing into the wall in the very last corner. World Cup rival Lewis Hamilton therefore starts from pole and Valtteri Bottas even makes a full front row for Mercedes.
The brand new Jeddah Corniche Circuit is known for its high speed. Engine power is very important there and knowing that Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes engine is extra powerful after an internal combustion engine change in Brazil made Hamilton the favorite for pole.
During qualifying yesterday, however, it turned out that Max Verstappen in his Red Bull F1 car on the Jeddah circuit was faster than Lewis Hamilton against all expectations, were it not for the fact that Verstappen did indeed crash in the last corner.
Hamilton will indeed start from pole with teammate Valtteri Bottas next to him. An ideal starting position, but the Jeddah Corniche Circuit has already proven several times this weekend to be merciless when a driver makes a mistake. The chance that a driver crashes during the race therefore seems real and then the safety car will undoubtedly also come on the track and there is a chance that the driver’s field will be shaken up.
In addition, there is also a chance that Max Verstappen will be able to crown himself champion during the race, although various conditions must be met. It should be clear, however, that the Saudi Arabian GP promises to be a sensational race and possibly the denouement in the F1 title battle this season. Appointment at 6.30 pm.
1 44 L. Hamilton Mercedes2 77 V. Bottas Mercedes3 33 M. Verstappen Red Bull4 16 C. Leclerc Ferrari5 11 S. Perez Red Bull6 10 P. Gasly AlphaTauri7 4 L. Norris McLaren8 22 Y. Tsoda AlphaTauri9 31 E. Ocon Alpine10 99 A. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo11 3 D. Ricciardo McLaren12 7 K. Räikkönen Alfa Romeo13 14 F. Alonso Alpine14 63 G. Russell Williams15 55 C. Sainz Ferrari16 6 N. Latifi Williams17 5 S. Vettel Aston Martin18 18 L. Stroll Aston Martin19 47 M. Schumacher Haas F120 9 N. Mazepin Haas F1