Event: Saudi Arabia F1 Grand Prix
Track: Jeddah Street Circuit

Max Verstappen driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 collide during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Weather: dry 28.6°C
Tarmac: dry 31.9°C
Humidity: 76.7%
Wind: 0.3 m/s SE
Pressure: 1013.7 bar

Lewis Hamilton scored his 103rd race win today. The British driver won the first ever Saudi Arabian F1 GP. It was his 8th race win of the 2021 season. The Mercedes driver started from pole. It was the 124th race win for Mercedes.

2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP Race Report

The start of the race was after sunset and the fastest street circuit was light up by floodlights. All cars got away without any incidents and even came through the first lap without any yellow flags. In the other earlier 5 races the start all had first lap incidents. Lewis Hamilton kept the lead and nobody lost a place in the top 10. After 5 laps Hamilton only was 1.5s clear of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen was 1.4s behind on P3.

In lap 10 Mick Schumacher crashed the Haas in turn 23. A safety car was deployed to slow down the field and recover the the crashed car of Schumacher. Hamilton pitted to get a new set of hard tyres. Verstappen didn't pit and got the lead of the race. A lot of other cars pitted also. Drivers who did a pitstop were Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, George Russell, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.

The safety car period ended in lap 13 when the race was stopped with a red flag. Because teams are allowed to change tyres during a red flag period, which gave the drivers who didn't do a pitstop earlier got a free pitstop. Verstappen changed to the hard tyres to try and drive to the finish. The race was restarted by a standing start. A lot of drivers even had switched to a new set of medium tyres.

At the restart Hamilton had a great start, while Verstappen had a slow getaway. He cut the second corner to stay ahead of Hamilton. Esteban Ocon also had a great start in the Alpine and even got in front of Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas almost hit the back of Verstappen's Red Bull. Further back Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari got collided with the Red Bull of Sergio Perez, because there was no room. Nikita Mazepin crashed into the back of George Russell's Williams. Both drivers retired and the race again got red flagged to clean up the track.

During the red flag situation Verstappen was offered a deal to start behind Hamilton to not get a penalty for overtaking Hamilton in turn 2 out of the circuit. The second restart Verstappen had medium tyres. Verstappen overtook both Hamilton and Ocon in turn 1 and got the lead of the race, while Ocon settled for 2nd, Hamilton was 3rd and Ricciardo was 4th.

One lap Hamilton overtook Ocon for P2 to try and put pressure on his title rival. Ocon now was 3rd, Ricciardo was 4th and Bottas was 5th. In lap 24 Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel and AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda collided. The front wing of Tsunoda was left on the track and caused a short virtual safety car period. Both drivers were able to go on. bot lost a lot of places. Vettel now was 11th and Tsunoda who had to drive to the pits for a new front wing even dropped to P16 and was last. Verstappen and Hamilton now were 11 sec. in front of Ocon who was on P3.

In lap 28 another virtual safety car period was used to pick up some debris of the Vettel's car. The German driver collided with his old Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen when battling for position. In lap 29 again a virtual safety car was used to clean up the track. Verstappen now was 2 sec. in front of Hamilton. In lap 33 the track was clear and the race was restarted again.

In lap 36 again a very short virtual safety car was used to clean up debris that was left on the track by the damaged car of Vettel. When the race was restarted Hamilton got very close to overtake Verstappen and was faster on the mainstraight. Verstappen didn't want to give up and brake very late and gone wide. The Red Bull team told Verstappen to slow down and let Hamilton pass. When he did that Hamilton hesitated and Verstappen slowed down even more, but Hamilton didn't understand what was happening and drove into the Red Bull and damaged his front wing.

In lap 44 Hamilton overtook Verstappen for the lead of the race. Verstappen wanted to pit to get a set of soft tyres, but because he received a 5 sec. penalty he could pit. If he did he might lose P2 to Ocon.

Classification 2021 Saudi Arabian GP

PNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
144United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes02:06:15.11850
1
26
233Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull+0 laps50
3
18
377Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes+0 laps50
2
15
431France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine+0 laps50
9
12
53Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren+0 laps50
11
10
610France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri+0 laps50
6
8
716Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari+0 laps50
4
6
855Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Italy Ferrari+0 laps50
15
4
999Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Switzerland Alfa Romeo+0 laps50
10
2
104United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren+0 laps50
7
1
1118Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin+0 laps50
18
0
126Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Williams+0 laps50
16
0
1314Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine+1 lap49
13
0
1422Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri+1 lap49
8
0
157Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Switzerland Alfa Romeo+1 lap49
12
0
DNF5Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston MartinCollision damage44
17
0
DNF11Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red BullCollision14
5
0
DNF9Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
United States HaasCollision14
20
0
DNF63United Kingdom George Russell
United Kingdom WilliamsCollision14
14
0
DNF47Germany Mick Schumacher
United States HaasSpun off8
19
0

Penalties:

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri (no.22) - 5 second time penalty - Causing a collision
Max Verstappen, Red Bull (no.33) - 5 second time penalty - Leaving the track and gaining an advantage
Max Verstappen, Red Bull (no.33) - 10 second time penalty - Causing a collision

Fastest lap: 1:30.734 min by Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 (no.44) in lap 47

2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP Results
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Quali 2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP
Start grid 2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP

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46 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2021 Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix

  1. Jax

    🎶Karma karma karma karma karma Chameleoooon. It comes and goooes. It comes and gooohohohes🎶. 😄
    Well....the Legend of Racing Drivers(L.O.R.D) has pulled off another masterclass of racing by winning with a damaged front wing at the Saudi inaugural race. Congrats to Merc on a brilliant race pace setup on the hards strategy for those cars. And the consolation prize goes to Bottas for nipping an inferior car right on the damn finish line. Lol good grief smh.
    Just one more to go Snowflakes!

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      C'mon, Shrop', we agree re the knight but IMO your accolades for the kid are misplaced. Unless he does a Senna in Abu Dhabi he is toast with marmalade. Our only hope is that Sir Lewis wins and does a Nico.

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      • shroppyfly

        Oh, do not fear Ror, i was just winding up the Hamgirls, Jaxsters+idiots with my comments, all to play for next weekend, my side bet on Hamish still doing a Nico is still there too

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  2. True Post

    What a bunch of Lewis/Mercedes crap. Max pulls to the side to let Lewis pass and there is enough space for a city bus. But apparently Lewis does not know what's going on, the Merc team forgot to tell him.... Best story since Snow White. Now tell me, since when does Lewis not pass Max when he has an opportunity? He is usually not that much of a sissy... Lewis ploughed into Max hoping to cut Max's tires and damage the RB. There is no other possible explanation.

    More new rules: a couple weeks ago Lewis Lovers were saying NO PASSING LEWIS ON THE RIGHT, now it's IF MAX IS AHEAD HE HAS TO GIVE UP THE POSITION TWICE, and coming soon, WHEN LEWIS RAMS IN TO MAX' MAX GETS A PENALTY.

    We all have to our part to let Lewis win...

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    • Jax

      This is the type of foolish post that comes from people who lack understanding of basic principles of racing much less rules of engagement. 🙄😏. Poor souls.

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    • f1award

      Clueless true Post, MV kept to the middle of a 200mph corner, THEN, as it's now been discovered he hit the brakes, only a 10 second penalty, joke. You must be truly embarrassed by your False Post with all it's trash talk and trolling.

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      • True Post

        You should sign up as a steward, they apparently can read minds and always come out on Lewis' side. I know you miss the old times: 1- Lewis qualifies P1, 2- He gets clean away from the pack in two or three laps, 3- He races in clean air with absolutely no competition, 4- Lewis wins again again.

        Now we have Lewis claiming that HE should always win because of his long and experienced career, but yesterday the fans knew drove best race with the car they had. I guess they are all clueless also,

        Hey, let's have races with only VB style racers and make F1 racing as exciting the Christmas parade.

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        • shroppyfly

          Oh TP, as Ror would say don't go confusing the issue with things like the facts, it only gets F1a back up and confuses him even more.

          BTW when they vote for fan favourite, who is voting , is it trackside votes or online?

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        • True Post

          And by the way F1A, Max slowed down to let Lewis pass on the left before a straight, before the white line to a DRS zone. Your into a 200mph corner is a total fabrication. This is actually confirmed in the steward's report.

          I know, I know, you're really sorry....

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  3. True Post

    Lewis rams into Max, Max gets a ten second property.

    Lewis tries to kill Max and wipes him out, Lewis gets a ten second property.

    Fair enough? I guess so, now the're even...

    Great stewarding.

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  4. H N

    Can clearly see who is @ fault now.

    The stewards’ verdict on Verstappen

    At turn 21 the driver of car 33 [Verstappen] was given the instruction to give back a position to car 44 [Hamilton] and was told by the team to do so “strategically”. Car 33 slowed significantly at turn 26. However, it was obvious that neither driver wanted to take the lead prior to DRS detection line three.

    The driver of car 33 stated that he was wondering why car 44 had not overtaken and the driver of car 44 stated that, not having been aware at that stage that car 33 was giving the position back, was unaware of the reason car 33 was slowing. In deciding to penalise the driver of car 33, the key point for the Stewards was that the driver of car 33 then braked suddenly (69 bar) and significantly, resulting in 2.4g deceleration.

    Whilst accepting that the driver of car 44 could have overtaken car 33 when that car first slowed, we understand why he (and the driver of car 33) did not wish to be the first to cross the DRS.

    However, the sudden braking by the driver of car 33 was determined by the Stewards to be erratic and hence the predominant cause of the collision and hence the standard penalty of 10 seconds for this type of incident, is imposed.

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      • True Post

        Oh, I can read all right. Poor Lewis, he was in a F1 race but he did not know what was going on! Max pulled over to let Lewis pass, but lewis did not pass, so he slowed down some more and Lewis rammed him.

        The stewards at the very same time seem to know what is in Max's mind and what is not Lewis' mind. Now that is some trick!

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          • shroppyfly

            As i didn't watch this live , i've just watched it on utube, and it looks like he hit him on the STRAIGHT not as you say corner , or as the fia say in their report turn whichever, the commentators who i presume are from sky , even say it was on the STRAIGHT

            So whats all this corner business F1a ?

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          • True Post

            YOU should read the stewards' report:

            'Whilst accepting that the driver of car 44 could have overtaken car 33 when that car first slowed, we understand why he (and the driver of car 33) did not wish to be the first to cross the DRS.'

            YOU made up the 200mph corner falsehood. Lewis and Max were going into a straight and FACTUALLY just reaching the DRS zone. Max pulled over and slowed to let Lewis pass. Apparently Lewis did not know what was going on, that would normally be HIS problem. But the stewards found a way to blame Max by saying that Max apparently did not want to reach the DRS zone first, although this would somehow be OK for Lewis.

            Not wanting reach the DRS zone first would have been perfectly legal and a smart racing decision by Max. But again the stewards found a way to blame Max, completely omitting to factor in the admitted fact that Lewis could have passed, should have passed, and did not understand what was going on.

            When you have to give back a position you are supposed to give it back as soon as possible. The driver who is handed back the position does not get to pick when it suits him.

            Now, that was some bad stewarding decision, no wonder you have to invent 'alternate' facts.

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        • Linda

          un True Post. I take it you read Marko's apology for saying that Max didn't brake test Lewis? How bad do you think it had to be for Marko to apologise? Now Chrishitian Horner and Max need to do the same. Lewis got a fine for loosening his seat belt, because it didn't set a good example to younger drivers coming up through the ranks. Max can perform a serious infringement by brake testing Lewis and gets a pathetic 10 second penalty, which made no difference to his placing. What does that teach the younger drivers? When Max is silent on the radio when he's done something, that speaks volumes. He also didn't let Lewis pass the 3rd time,his tyres had gone, also silence from the radio when he was told that he hadn't been asked to let Lewis pass. Max wanted to let people think he had let him pass 💩 Horner blaming the 'collision' on Lewis and his radio message of, 'I don't know why he ran into the back of you' just more 💩 Then blaming Lewis for the damage to Max's tyres💩 and telling Damon that he should be praising Max, not criticising him 💩 Red Bull themselves have overstepped the mark now by not reining Max in and allowing him to be their dangerous driver, with no thought of anyone but himself. Do you remember the interview between Max and Brundle? Max told Brundle that he wasn't bothered if he didn't win the title 💩

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          • ReallyOldRacer

            Good stuff. Unlike a couple of other posters, it sounds like you actually watch and listen. I'd forgotten about the seat belt fine. Kinda' puts the RB kid's recent rant about being singled out for criticism in perspective.
            Your only flaw is your allegiance to the knight. He is an effete wanker.

          • True Post

            I know, Linda, you're upset... Someone is finally getting close to Lewis, that is so unfair!

            I understand. Max is no good, that's why he got into F1 at 17.

          • ReallyOldRacer

            TP, I know your response is to Linda and I am butting in but I have not heard or read anyone debating the kid's speed or ability. Plenty of other qualities to criticise.

  5. ReallyOldRacer

    Repeat,:experience & speed vs. stupidity & speed. Jos's kid set the tone for his career in his first Monaco race when he tried to fly over Grosjean. The only thing left is doing a Senna at Abu Dhabi to secure a victory.

    BTW, for all you BOThaters, he has now assured a WCC for MB. One of the best #2 drivers in the history of our sport. Choke on it.

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    • Jax

      Yet Merc fired him. Those Fools for letting him go. Lol
      His race pace is of the #2 kind alright! Extra emphasis on #2!! If u catch my drift. 😂
      But keep wishing on star the Legend will retire after #8 Old fella. As a matter or fact, write Santa a letter. Tis' the season. 😄

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  6. H N

    The stewards’ verdict on Verstappen

    At turn 21 the driver of car 33 [Verstappen] was given the instruction to give back a position to car 44 [Hamilton] and was told by the team to do so “strategically”. Car 33 slowed significantly at turn 26. However, it was obvious that neither driver wanted to take the lead prior to DRS detection line three.

    The driver of car 33 stated that he was wondering why car 44 had not overtaken and the driver of car 44 stated that, not having been aware at that stage that car 33 was giving the position back, was unaware of the reason car 33 was slowing. In deciding to penalise the driver of car 33, the key point for the Stewards was that the driver of car 33 then braked suddenly (69 bar) and significantly, resulting in 2.4g deceleration.

    Whilst accepting that the driver of car 44 could have overtaken car 33 when that car first slowed, we understand why he (and the driver of car 33) did not wish to be the first to cross the DRS.

    However, the sudden braking by the driver of car 33 was determined by the Stewards to be erratic and hence the predominant cause of the collision and hence the standard penalty of 10 seconds for this type of incident, is imposed.

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  7. shroppyfly

    Ror Dont start upsetting F1award about VB, i was only recently warming 3% to his comments, youll set his recovery back months saying things like that

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  8. Jax

    This is the best post from a Max fan I've ever seen so worth sharing. Damn good objective summary of driver behavior. Shout out to Nenukknak....yeah weird name. 😅 Pay attention Snowflakes..
    "I’m dutch and verstappen fan. I really want max to win the championship, and really can’t stand lewis. But the driving of Max the last three races has been appalling. Nothing wrong with hard defending, but braking too late and running wide or throwing your car alongside on the outside as last desperate attempt and leaving the track every time lewis tries to pass him these last races has nothing to do with hard defending. It is if we crash we crash attitude and that’s not ok. Mercedes and Lewis are faster at the moment and then as max always says “it is what it is”.
    If you are faster or as fast and make a mistake and someone is going to pass you I could understand these moves, but in current F1 and with the drs if someone is that much faster he will pass you in the end.
    In the beginning of the year lewis seemed to be cracking under the pressure a bit, making silly mistakes, but I think in this part of the season the experience of both Lewis and Mercedes is shining through.
    I still want Verstappen to win the championship, but not like this.
    I’ve been watching f1 since the senna years, but max is fast taking this crash bang whallop coming through or die to a new level, and more worryingly despite always ending up emptyhanded still continues to do."

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  9. Adman

    It's easy for Max to out brake anyone if he abandons the objective of getting round the corner safely. This has become his new tactic in the face of being beaten to a corner. It's shoddy, like deliberately throwing a match or taking a fall to get a penalty. The stewards should be seeing through this cowboy tactic. These blinding speeds need solid rules and respect for the deadly potential of these cars. Come on stewards, GET A GRIP!

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  10. Steven

    Why did’nt Bottas get a penalty for slowing the drivers down on entry to the pit lane?? Why was there no interaction from the stewards when Hamilton slowed down the drivers to the grid so that Max would have to wait longer on the start?? Lewis drove into Max, he clearly slowed down and had plenty of time and track to go past. When was this such a difficult thing. The stewards were sleeping, there was bias towards Mercedes.

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    • Joe bamputra

      That was poor from verstappen but he knew what he was doing. His full sideways lock off track with all four wheels in the air ‘outbreaking’ was akin to that monkey video where they give him a machine gun.

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  11. shroppyfly

    ReallyOldRacer said on December 10, 2021 at 14:18

    Your only flaw is your allegiance to the knight. He is an effete wanker.

    Ahhhhhh Harsh but True.......

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