Hamilton takes win after thrilling 2021 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia’s Formula One Race 1 was chaotic. There were multiple incidents, including red flags from the race officials and an accident between two of the remaining contenders for the title.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton won the Sunday race on Jeddah’s street circuit. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was second while Mercedes’ ValtteriBottas came in third, just 21 seconds after his teammate.

Hamilton started on pole, with Bottas at the top of the grid. Verstappen began in the second row, but Bottas blocked him after the lights changed green. Sergio Perez was almost hit by traffic and crashed into Verstappen.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher quickly became a barrier. This led to a safety car period which turned into a red warning. Because the Mercedes drivers were both stopping for tires replacement, this allowed Verstappen the opportunity to jump into the lead during the restart.

2021 Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Grand Prix Formula One Saudi Arabian 2021

On the restart Verstappen maintained the lead, but Perez was stopped from progressing by crashing on lap 15. This involved Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and Perez. The second red flag was also raised by Williams’ George Russell and Nikita Mazepin of Haas.

Alpine’s EstebanOcon, followed closely by Hamilton and Verstappen was the leader at the restart. With fresh tires, Verstappen was able to pass within the opening chicane of the race for the lead. Hamilton then chased Verstappen and attempted an overtake on lap 36. But, Verstappen was unable to pass Hamilton and ran wide on Turn 2. Later, Hamilton was instructed to surrender the position to Verstappen. Verstappen slow down to allow Hamilton to take the lead. Hamilton, however, was unaware of the situation and ran right into Verstappen.

The race could continue for both drivers, but the drama would only get worse. Verstappen pulled Hamilton wide on lap 42 as Hamilton attempted to pass Verstappen. Verstappen was then penalized five seconds by the stewards for his original offense, which sent him down to second. Hamilton held on to his lead throughout the race.

After the result of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix results, Hamilton and Verstappen now have equal 369.5 points. Bottas is third at 218 points. Mercedes has 587.5 points in the Constructors’ Championship. This is compared with Red Bull’s 5599.5 and Ferrari’s 307.5 respectively. It’s a tight race for the title, with the last round taking place in Abu Dhabi. This is the first time that two drivers have been tied in the final round of the season since 1974, when Emerson Fittipaldi faced Clay Regazzoni at Watkins Glen. Fittipaldi ultimately won.

2021 Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Grand Prix Formula One Saudi Arabian 2021

Here are the complete results of the 2021 Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.:

1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing +21.825 seconds
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-Benz AMG +27.531 seconds
4) Esteban Ocon, Alpine +27.633 seconds
5) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +40.121 seconds
6) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +41.613 seconds
7) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +44.475 seconds
8) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +46.606 seconds
9) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo +58.505 seconds
10) Lando Norris, McLaren +61.358 seconds
11) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +77.212 Seconds
12) Nicholas Latifi Williams +83.249 Sekunden
13) Fernando Alonso, Alpine +1 lap
14) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +1 lap
15) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
NC) Sebastian Vettel DNF, Aston Martin
NC) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing DNF
NC) Nikita Mazepin, Haas DNF
NC) George Russell and Williams DNF
NC) Mick Schumacher, Haas DNF

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Author: Brandon Park