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F1 2021 Saudi Arabian GP Qualifying Results – Hamilton grabs pole as Verstappen crashes

Lewis Hamilton claimed a fortunate pole position at the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP as Max Verstappen crashed at the end of qualifying

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Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton took a crucial pole position ahead of the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver set a time of 1.27.511, a tenth ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen qualified third with the Dutchman looking good for pole until he crashed at the circuit’s final turn.

Red Bull will now have to hope that the impact incurred by Verstappen‘s RB16B wasn’t serious enough to warrant a gearbox change, in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in this year’s title fight.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth with the Monegasque driver recovering well after his Free Practice crash. Verstappen‘s teammate Sergio Perez was fifth, the Mexican was almost five tenths down on his Red Bull teammate.

Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi completed the top 10.

2021 F1 Saudi Arabia GP Qualifying Results

PosDriverTeamQ3 Time
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1.27.511
2Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.111
3Max Verstappen Red Bull+0.142
4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.543
5Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.612
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.614
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.669
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+0.931
9Esteban OconAlpine+1.136
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo +1.243
11Daniel Ricciardo McLarenEliminated in Q2
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q2
13Fernando AlonsoAlpineEliminated in Q2
14George RussellWilliamsEliminated in Q2
15Carlos SainzFerrariEliminated in Q2
16Nicholas Latifi WilliamsEliminated in Q1
17Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated in Q1
18Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q1
19Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q1
20Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated in Q1

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