Lewis Hamilton wins 3rd in a row in Saudi Arabia
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia –
Lewis Hamilton edged out Max Verstappen with six laps left on Sunday to win the Saudi Grand Prix which opened in chaos and pulled even on points with his opponent as his thrilling championship race Formula one advances to the finale that decides the title.
The street-light race at the 30km seaside resort of Jeddah ended with three standing starts, a pair of restarts, multiple safety cars and a tense standoff between the contenders. champion member.
Red Bull was allowed to negotiate a penalty for Verstappen, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff slammed his headphones in a fit of rage, and Hamilton drove into the back of his title competitor first when finally overtaking Verstappen to win with six rounds remaining.
“Lewis, that has to be the craziest race I can remember,” Hamilton’s engineer announced after he crossed the finish line.
“Great job, guys, great job!” Hamilton replied. “That way, the more we like it, we keep pushing!”
Montreal’s Lance Stroll is 11th and Toronto’s Nicholas Latifi is 12th.
A depressed Verstappen, who has seen his title holdings evaporate over the last three races, is disheartened.
The Dutchman said: “It is like that. “I tried, at least.”
Verstappen was fined for going off course during the second restart, then told to make way for Hamilton, but Hamilton ran into the back of his Red Bull to damage the front wing on his Mercedes. . The two then went back and forth to the ending sequence.
But once the seven-time world champion sped past Verstappen, Hamilton took control of the finish line and won his third race in a row. The British driver has had eight wins for the season and is now tied with Verstappen on the leaderboard.
The championship will be decided next Sunday in the final night in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton is the four-time defending F1 champion and is looking for an eighth title to break the all-time record he shares with Michael Schumacher. 24-year-old Verstappen is looking for his first championship and has dominated the season for Red Bull until the end of this three-time race by Mercedes and Hamilton.