The first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix It will be the penultimate date of the 2021 World Cup F1 and, in turn, the first option that the Dutch will have Max Verstappen (Red Bull) to stay with the scepter of the highest category and break with the dominance of English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), seven times champion of the specialty.
To win his first premier motorsport title at the Saudi GP, Verstappen must take his points difference with Hamilton from 8 to 26. This implies that the 24-year-old driver finishes first or second -which is within his reach- and that his rival finishes far from the first places, which is less likely.
For its characteristics, Jeddah street circuit listed as favorable for Mercedes. It has 27 curves on 6.174 meters, but most are not very pronounced. The expected average speed is 252 km / h, with a peak of 322 km/h, which makes it the fastest of the urban circuits.
Under these conditions, the top speed of the Black Arrows seems an advantage. Hamilton's car will once again be equipped with the engine that allowed him to overcome 25 penalty places in two races and win in Brazil mid November.
The Brit must win to have the best chance of achieving his eighth world crown in the last round, in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which would make him the rider with the most titles in history, ahead of the German Michael Schumacher.
“I feel calm, I know that I have always done my best and we will see the result. We have not done anything, we are prepared for this challenge ”, Verstappen said.
“The race for titles is open and our mission is clear. The car has been running well lately, it hasn't been that good this season and the drivers are confident to push it to the limit ”, he pointed Toto wolff, the boss of Mercedes.
If the Austrian speaks of titles in the plural it is because Mercedes and Red Bull also have a battle in the constructors, with five points of advantage for the German team.