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Hamilton wins thrilling Saudi Arabia to go LEVEL on points with Verstappen after hot race as title rivals collapse

LEWIS HAMILTON continues its dream of a record eighth world title following this explosive Saudi Arabia victory.

As he climbed out of his Mercedes F1 car, he did some fun somersaults while his rival Max Verstappen was still smoking and dashing off the platform.

Hamilton beat Verstappen in another thrilling contest as Bottas took third place ahead of Ocon

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Hamilton beat Verstappen in another thrilling contest as Bottas took third place ahead of OconCredit: AP
It was an epic battle between Hamilton and Verstappen

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It was an epic battle between Hamilton and VerstappenCredit: Getty
Hamilton celebrates wildly with the rest of his Mercedes team

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Hamilton celebrates wildly with the rest of his Mercedes teamCredit: Getty

The setback from this dramatic race will continue to spark next week’s title decider in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton’s win, plus bonus points for the fastest lap setup meant he and Verstappen tied for the title as they progressed to the finals – a number of feats at one point in the season. Hey, you’re 32 points behind the Dutch.

That will be their breakdown in round 37, which will be the focus of the THIRD time they’ve come together.

At Silverstone, the high-speed shunt that brought Verstappen to the hospital had its dagger drawn.

At Monza, when Verstappen landed his Red Bull on it was a case where he drew his first blood.

However, here in Jeddah if he were to be seen as Hamilton trying the brakes on purpose, he would adamantly stab the knife in.

This fascinating game is reminiscent of classic battles. Think Ayrton Senna versus Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher versus Damon Hill.

This year’s season will not only see two drivers embarking on the track, but also many accusations of dirty tricks and the actions of the F1 governing body will also come under heavy criticism.

Ironically, this 50-lap race starts off pretty straightforward. Hamilton had a perfect start from pole and is set to go through laps to extend his lead.

Hamilton set up fastest lap after fastest lap while Valtteri Bottas obediently did his job as a hunter to stop Verstappen’s menace.

But this track, which claims to be the “fastest street in the world” with its solid concrete barriers and 27 corners has always had some influence on the outcome.

It did, of course, play a role, Verstappen’s accident in qualifying prevented him from securing a solid mainstay position.

And so it proved in the 10th lap when Mick Schumacher hit the fence at 22 years old.

The malevolent race director, Michael Masi, initially decided to deploy the safety car while Schumacher’s Haas was restored.

Masi don’t forget, work for the FIA ​​- F1’s governing body; the same group of people who took FIVE DAYS to decide not to investigate Verstappen’s controversial defense in Brazil.

Those who skipped a year old punished Verstappen in Qatar with a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the flag waving twice.

However, Hamilton was disqualified for the same offense in Saudi Arabia, and received only one dot for blocking Nikita Mazepin.

Consistency was lacking, and so it was demonstrated when Masi then decided to stop the race after Schumacher’s collision.

His delay in doing so meant Merc was pitted against Hamilton from the lead and Bottas for hard tyres, boosting Verstappen’s lead.

Rolling the dice appeared to be a counterproductive gamble as the red flag then allowed Verstappen to change his tires during the break.

Hamilton has won the last three races

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Hamilton has won the last three racesCredit: AFP
Verstappen still leads the championship by winning more races than Hamilton

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Verstappen still leads the championship by winning more races than HamiltonCredit: AFP

Hamilton was furious, insisting that the safety fence was still intact and they should have been allowed to continue.

“Why is it a red flag? The sidewall looks fine,” he said. “Find out what the reason for the red flag is.”

After an 18-minute delay, the race resumed from the beginning and Hamilton made another excellent run.

He got past Verstappen, who was forced to kick wide in the first round but managed to get over the curb to keep the lead.

It was a serious offense and he was asked to give up the place but what followed can only be described as chaos.

First, the race was stopped for the second time. Masi deployed the red flag after another major shunt involving George Russell, Mazepin and Sergio Perez.

But then there was the goddamn silly situation where Masi made an “offer” for Red Bull to start in second place on the grid to start over.

Red Bull Team director Jonathan Wheatley made the opposite offer that they would accept second place on the condition that they finish behind Esteban Ocon.

Masi, having messed up his math, was then forced to correct his mistake and point out that Ocon is currently in second place, with Verstappen going to have to line up for third.

It’s like a referee in football making a deal with a manager about whether it should be a penalty kick.

Hamilton is currently on point with Verstappen with one race left

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Hamilton is currently on point with Verstappen with one race leftCredit: Getty
Hamilton went into the back of Verstappen in a strange incident

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Hamilton went into the back of Verstappen in a strange incidentCredit: Getty

And so came the third reboot with Ocon, who started in ninth, on pole.

Hamilton in second and Verstappen in third but on faster average tyres.

Those tires gave Verstappen an advantage as a brilliant start put him ahead of both Ocon and Hamilton to take first place.

Hamilton then finished second when this trouble-filled race finally caught on to some sort.

But it was only temporary as it was once again punctured by virtual safety cars as debris began to fall from the cars causing fear in battle.

However, there is still time for more drama – and this is the biggest time when Verstappen and Hamilton come into contact.

In previous rounds, Verstappen held off Hamilton in the first round but in defense he ran wide and continued.

Managers asked him to surrender his position and he appeared to slow down, sending Hamilton into the back of his Red Bull.

Livid Hamilton alleges Verstappen tried to brake him and his boss Toto Wolff exploded in a rampage in the team garage.

He refused to surrender, prompting the ire of the managers again with a five-second penalty.

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The two title competitors went head-to-head during the 50 rounds of the new circuit

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The two title competitors went head-to-head during the 50 rounds of the new circuitCredit: Getty

And so, when he allowed Hamilton to get through to lap 42, he then won back P1 in controversial fashion.

In the end, he let Hamilton pass, who went on to take the checkered flag for his 103rd and most controversial win.

It means that for the first time since 1974, the title has entered the final lap and as the rockets light up the skies of Jeddah, there’s a palpable feeling there will be more fireworks.

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Huynh Nguyen

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