Verstappen madness, crash and new red flag

Four withdrawals in this Grand Prix

Four drivers have now retired in this GP: Schumacher, Mazepin, Russell and Perez.

New standing start, with Ocon in pole position

Esteban Ocon will start in the lead just ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen, who escapes the 5-second penalty.

The race will resume at 7.40 p.m.

The FIA ​​proposes to let Verstappen start behind Hamilton instead of imposing a penalty. The situation is getting more and more blurry.

Ocon for the moment second

While the race is stopped, the Frenchman is well wedged between Verstappen and Hamilton.

Lap 15 – New red flag after the incident with Mazepin!

A few seconds after the start, the race was again brought to a halt after an incident involving Mazepin, Perez and Russell.

HERE WE GO AGAIN !

Hamilton passed Verstappen, but the Dutchman pulled away and took the lead again by crossing the track!

The start will be stopped

But the poleman changes identity, since Max Verstappen will be in the lead, ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

The cars come out of the pits!

Max Verstappen changed his tires as the Dutch driver started behind the safety car.

Perez, Hamilton and Bottas big losers of this red flag

Ocon (Alpine) is one of the big winners of this red flag. The Frenchman is 4th when it comes time to leave, ahead of Ricciardo, Leclerc and Gasly.

The GP will resume in less than 10 minutes

The new start, either stopped or in motion, will be given at 9.15 p.m. local time, 7.15 p.m. French time.

Hamilton is pissed off

On his radio, the British pilot plagues: “I do not understand why there is a red flag.”

Round 13 – Red flag after the Schumacher crash!

The race is suspended and all the cars return to the pit. Drivers who have not made it to the pit, notably Max Verstappen, can change their tires.

A good operation for the Dutchman.

Big gap between Hamilton and Verstappen

While the GP leader follows the safety car, Lewis Hamilton is quite far from his rival and tests his tires.

Perez at the stand

Different strategy between Verstappen and Perez, who comes in to put on hard gums. It comes out 8th.

Lap 11 – Verstappen takes the lead!

After a pit stop for the two Mercedes to install the hard rubbers, Max Verstappen is the new leader of this Grand Prix!

Round 9 – Yellow flag for an incident with Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher set off in the background at the 23rd turn and the yellow flag is unfurled. The pilot is doing “fine”.

This is the same sector as Charles Leclerc, released in free practice.

Bottas is going to block

After a radio exchange, Bottas should “leave some space” in front of him. Hamilton will be able to take full advantage of the Finnish jump-off in front of Verstappen.

Giovinazzi overtakes Alonzo

The Alfa Romeo driver made a clean maneuver to overtake Alonso and enter the points.

Hamilton improves its brand

On lap 6, the Mercedes driver again sets the fastest time in 1’33.397.

Incident noted between Ocon and Tsunoda

The two drivers clung to the start of this Saudi Arabian GP.

Hamilton faster

Hamilton has the best time so far, in 1’33 ”782.

Verstappen remains third, 2 “7 behind the Briton.

Leclerc still fourth

Sergio Perez could not keep pace with Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari, who remained quite far from Verstappen.

Incident entre Stroll et Russell

The two drivers hung up slightly on the second lap.

The departure is very fast

As expected, the drivers quickly took off and the Hamilton-Bottas-Verstappen trio came away.

Good start from Ocon

The Alpine rider is 7th and passed Gasly.

LET’S GO !

The Mercedes block Max Verstappen, who remains third.

Hamilton and Verstappen in form

The two favorites have won the last four Grand Prix, the Briton having triumphed over the last two.

Let’s go for the training lap

The pilots set off on the Jeddah track.

Saudi Arabia’s Anthem

15 minutes from the start of the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in the history of F1, the national anthem is played, before a small opening ceremony.

Gasly well placed

The AlphaTauri rider will start in 6th position, three places ahead of Esteban Ocon (Alpine).

A circuit that has a lot of turns

The Jeddah Corniche is the 2nd longest track of this 2021 season, with a circuit of 6.174 km. The average speed is very high, despite the 27 bends on the track.

Verstappen world champion if …

Max Verstappen can be F1 world champion in Saudi Arabia, if he scores 18 points more than Lewis Hamilton. This therefore implies that he is classified 1st or 2nd, and that the strong man of Mercedes finishes very far from the podium.

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Hamilton is not

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position, ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. In search of his first coronation, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start third, ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).

welcome to all

Perhaps the Jeddah circuit will experience a historic moment. In the event of a favorable scenario during the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia, Max Verstappen could win the first world championship title of his career. The Red Bull driver is 8 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton with two races remaining. What to expect in an electric race on the night of the Middle East. Follow it all live with us!