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Lewis Hamilton takes pole at the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP

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Lewis will start from P1 at the first ever race at the newly built Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Followed by his teammate, Valtteri Bottas who suffered fuel leak before the qualifying session. This made him take another PU.

No penalty will be handed over to him if that’s what you’re thinking. Because he took it from his pool of power units that he has collected over the 2021 season. On the other hand, Max Verstappen will start from P3.

Q1

Lewis Hamilton was given another reprimand of this season for impeding Nikita Mazepin in FP3. His team – Mercedes is fined with £25,000. The team’s fault was that they did not informed him early enough about Nikita who was doing his flying lap.

Bottas at the end complained of misfiring and was taken into the garage after his engine stopped at pit entry. 

Due to high traffic at the end of Q1, Max Verstappen had to back out from his last hot lap.

Aston Martin was excruciatingly suffering in their pace. With Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll starting at P17 and P18 respectively.

Knocked out – Latifi, Vettel, Stroll, Schumacher, Mazepin

Q2

It didn’t go well for Carlos Sainz from the start of Q2. After violating the track limits at Turn 4 early in the session, it only went more downhill. 

He lost his Ferrari at Turn 11, damaging his rear wing. Though it was just a little touch, it compromised the aerodynamics of the car. 

Later when he came out on track, he still went wide again at the same turn. This meant he couldn’t qualify for Q3. He’ll start the race at P15.

Other contacts were of Bottas touching the Alfa Romeo of Raikkonen (can be said vice-versa too). Other Alfa of Giovinazzi also touched a wall.

Knocked out – Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Alonso, Russell, Sainz

Q3

After putting a solid lap of 1 min 27.653 secs, Max Verstappen asked for a tow. That looked strange as he already had provisional pole and that too with such a great time. It didn’t look like Hamilton could go faster than him. Guess what? He did.

With just 0.1 sec quicker, Lewis took the provisional pole. But the Dutch lion went for another flying lap. And it was no less than a heart attack. He put purple sectors but as he was approaching the final turn, his front left tyre locked up.

Though the lock up didn’t stop his full throttle run, he did end up touching the wall at Turn 27. This damaged the rear and he stopped his Red Bull immediately. 

Let’s see how severe the damage is. If the impact ends up messing his gear box then he’ll have to get a new one. The cost- a five place grid penalty. This would mean he’d have to start from P8. 

And if you are Max Verstappen, or anyone for the matter of fact, you sure don’t want that in your penultimate race. Or better you don’t want to lose the title after coming this close.

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