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Sport Lewis Hamilton Snags Pole For Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen Crashes in Q3

23:15  04 december  2021
23:15  04 december  2021 Source:   si.com

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after his title rival Max Verstappen looked set to beat him only to crash at the final corner… There was very little to choose between the two title protagonists throughout qualifying with Verstappen appearing to have the slight edge Both were leaving everything out there, Hamilton brilliantly catching a huge tankslapper on his first timed lap and then pumping in the quickest time on his next run. But Verstappen was absolutely flying and put in a time that was four tenths quicker than anyone else, under the lights at the Jeddah

Lewis Hamilton took pole for the first Saudi Arabian GP while his title rival Max Verstappen was only third and faces an anxious wait after hitting a wall. Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole position for the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday while his Red Bull rival Max Verstappen , the Formula One championship leader, hit the wall at the last corner on his final lap in qualifying. Quick Guide.

  Lewis Hamilton Snags Pole For Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen Crashes in Q3 © Provided by Sports Illustrated

The Red Bull driver leads the World Championship, but Lewis Hamilton has cut the differential. Just eight points and two races lay between them and the title.

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Max Verstappen watched the pole position slip away when a critical mistake on the final turn in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix sent him flying into the wall.

The Dutchman was set to swipe the prized position away from Lewis Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by eight points for the championship title, but that final moment landed Verstappen in P3, leaving the front row all to Mercedes.

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Jeddah ( Saudi Arabia ) (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday as championship leader Max Verstappen smashed into a wall and could only manage third place. Verstappen 's hopes were extinguished when his Red Bull speared into the barriers at the exit of the last bend on his final flying lap on the tight, unforgiving Jeddah street circuit just as he appeared poised to unseat his rival. "It was terrible," said a shaken but unhurt Verstappen .

2021 Saudi Arabian GP Qualifying: Hamilton takes pole after dramatic Verstappen crash . The Mercedes driver added that the whole Jeddah circuit was lined by the ‘Wall of Champions’ – a moniker usually attributed to the final corner at Montreal, where the likes of Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill have crashed in the Staring down an eight-point deficit to Verstappen , who could clinch his first F1 title this weekend, Hamilton still has a job on his hands to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from pole position, with Verstappen starting directly behind him on the grid.

The 24-year-old was flying through his final qualifying lap, a full 2/10 of a second ahead of Hamilton. That is until Verstappen locked his car's front-left brake into the final turn, and his right rear roughly tagged the barrier.

"It's of course terrible. In general, it was a good qualifying... I knew the pace was there and it showed at the end," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. "I don't really understand what happened but I locked up. I still tried to keep the car on track and try to finish the lap but clipped the rear and had to stop."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner described the crash to Sky F1 as "pretty brutal."

"It's a great shame," he told Sky F1. "It was a mighty, mighty lap. We're on the back foot here and he was pulling something very special out the bag."

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Max Verstappen came within a corner of claiming an all-important pole position for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix , only to lose the back end of his Red Bull RB16B in Turn 27, clouting the wall and forcing the Dutchman to settle for P3. That meant title rival Lewis Hamilton secured his second Elsewhere, Carlos Sainz found himself out in Q 2, the Spaniard suffering a wild half spin and damaging his rear wing on the barriers, only for a second moment to ruin his chances of a Q 3 progression under the floodlights at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Enjoy the highlights from a dramatic first ever qualifying

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday practice for the Saudi Arabian GP. Session was headline by Charles Leclerc huge crash in his Ferrari late on. The Championship race is coming down to the final two events of the season. Hamilton has cranked up the pressure on his bitter rival Max Verstappen . Lewis Hamilton 's surge to a potential record eighth Formula One world title continued at pace as he set the fastest time in Friday practice for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix .

While the mistake cost him the pole position, there's also concern about whether the gearbox is damaged, which could grid penalty and replacement.

Verstappen leads the World Championship, but Hamilton has drastically cut the differential over the last two races. Just eight points and two races lay between the two and the title.

This penultimate race marks the first in Saudi Arabia for Formula One, which will be held at the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Leading up to the race, a few drivers have been outspoke about the location of this race, Hamilton going as far as to say he does not feel comfortable competing in the country and condemned its LGBTQ+ laws.

The country has been widely criticized for its human-rights record, and per The Guardian, multiple groups wrote to the league, criticizing their decision to compete there.

Similarly to the Qatar Grand Prix, Hamilton will again wear a helmet with the Pride Progress Flag with the words "We Stand Together" during the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Do not stip the bar

 Hamilton: Do not stip the bar Lewis Hamilton and Max stages fight for the World Cup title. Before the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia follows the first impact exchange at the press conference. © Provided by sport1.de Hamilton: Do not stip the bar It goes to the mated! Two races Before the end of the World Cup, details can choose the duel between Red Bull Challenger Max (24) and Mercedes Package Venges Lewis Hamilton (36). It's a fight to knife cutting edge: stages still has eight points lead, can enter the title in Saudi Arabia.

Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday, boosting his hopes of staying on course for a record eighth Formula One world title. For Hamilton , who has cut Verstappen 's championship lead with successive wins in Brazil and Qatar, it was a fifth pole of the season and 103rd of his career. Verstappen , who has an eight-point lead over Hamilton with just two races left, can claim his first world title on Sunday if he wins the race and Hamilton finishes outside the top six.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix . Q 3 : Verstappen going fastest, hits the wall on the exit of the final corner. 3722 · 757 comments. · 815 comments. Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix . If they had crashed there, Lewis ' championship hopes would be almost completely erased, he'd for sure have missed quali and who knows if the car would be good to go

"A lot of change needs to take place and our sport needs to do more," Hamilton said.

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