Hamilton wins chaotic Saudi GP to take F1 title race to wire – as it happened

Sun 5 Dec 2021 21.02 GMT

First published on Sun 5 Dec 2021 16.42 GMT. The answer is that Verstappen wins by virtue of having won more races this season. Verstappen walks off the podium and plays no part in the celebrations. The drivers are on the podium now: Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas, in that order. Is Hamilton going to remonstrate with Verstappen at the end over what he called his ‘fucking crazy’ driving?. If it finishes like this, Hamilton and Verstappen will go to Abu Dhabi, the final race of the season, all square. Lap 42/50: Verstappen lets Hamilton past … and then immediately overtakes again!. Verstappen has now apparently been hit with a five-second time penalty for leaving the track (that must be a few laps ago, when Hamilton overtook him on the start/finish straight …). Verstappen was clearly slowing though, why didn’t Hamilton just go around him, even if he was slightly over to the middle of the track from the left ?. Verstappen is told on the radio to give the place back … he slows down, but in the middle of the track.

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