Hamilton takes advantage of an excess of Verstappen and long from pole in Jeddah

The multiple champion will attempt to extend his winning streak at the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) maintains its hopes of retaining the title of the Formula 1 after making sure to start from pole position the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, penultimate date of the current season of the maximum.

The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the tournament leader, was third fastest after hitting a wall on his final fastest lap on the tight street circuit of Jeddah just when he seemed ready to unseat his rival.

Lewis HamiltonHamilton's Mercedes teammate, the Finn Valtteri Bottas, was second and will share the first row on Sunday.

“What a tough track this is. It is amazing what they have built, the speed and pace here is phenomenal ”, Hamilton said. "It's a great result for the team ", he explained in reference to the doublet.

For Hamilton, who has cut Verstappen's lead in the championship with successive victories in Brazil and Qatar, it was the fifth pole of the season and 103rd of his career.

Verstappen, who has an eight-point lead over Hamilton with just two races remaining, can claim his first world title on Sunday if he wins the race and Hamilton finishes outside of the top six.

Otherwise, the 2021 title battle will be reduced until the very last moment in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

Max Verstappen“I really don't understand what happened (on the last fastest lap). I shut myself up a bit. Third place is disappointing, but at least the car proved to be fast, so we'll see what happens tomorrow ”, Verstappen pointed out.

The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) completed the top five for Sunday's race, the first to be held in the Saudi kingdom.

Securing pole capped a dramatic day for Hamilton. He escaped a penalty for yellow-flag incidents in Saturday's practice after being cited for an alleged lack of slowdown under double-wave yellow flags and for blocking the Russian. Nikita mazepin (Haas).

However, the Mercedes star was cleared of any wrongdoing after stewards admitted that a panel of double wave yellow light had been accidentally activated; although he was fined with 25.000 euros for the second incident.


1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:28.466 1:27.712 1:27.511 23
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:28.057 1:28.054 1:27.622 25
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:28.285 1:27.953 1:27.653 19
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:28.310 1:28.459 1:28.054 24
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:28.021 1:27.946 1:28.123 23
6 10 Pierre gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:28.401 1:28.314 1:28.125 26
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:28.338 1:28.344 1:28.180 21
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:28.503 1:28.222 1:28.442 26
9 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE-RENAULT 1:28.752 1:28.574 1:28.647 22
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:28.899 1:28.616 1:28.754 21
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:28.216 1:28.668 17
12 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:28.856 1:28.885 18
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE-RENAULT 1:28.944 1:28.920 17
14 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:28.926 1:29.054 17
15 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:28.237 1:53.652 16
16 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:29.177 9
17 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:29.198 10
18 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:29.368 9
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS-FERRARI 1:29.464 9
20 9 Nikita mazepin HAAS-FERRARI 1:30.473 8


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