The penultimate race of the 2021 F1 World Championship was impressive. The Saudi Arabian GP has been the most interesting race so far this year, and after finishing both title candidates they are tied on points. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will go to the last race tied on points (369.5 points). Whoever is ahead of the other will win, it is that simple, it is no longer about winning or not, 1 simple point, even that of the fast lap, could decide the championship on one side or the other.
In this race we have seen a little of everything, 3 exits, by red flags and career relaunches. Many accidents and abandonments, many pieces of fiber on the track, very dangerous situations, and slightly dirty performances. The dispatches today will do more than the drivers, and that is the only ugly thing that can be attributed to the Saudi Arabian GP, as otherwise it has been one of the best races. In the end we leave with a bittersweet taste from here …
On the one hand, the output has been very clean. Just a scare from Pérez’s Red Bull that almost took Max Verstappen ahead. But after a few laps, the pieces began to jump due to contacts or accidents against the barriers, like that of Mick Schumacher, his partner did it shortly after when he ate Russell after another of the exits. Vettel has also had his pluses and minuses with Kimi Räikkönen, and with Tsunoda. Pérez has also been involved in another accident after one of the highlights when he was cornered and turned without leaving space for Leclerc. Too many things have happened like to remember everything. A totally crazy race …
On the other hand, Esteban Ocon was a few tenths away from being back on the podium and giving Alpine some good points in their fight against Alpha Tauri, but Bottas passed it on the same straight. Secondly, +5 second penalty to Verstappen (they do not affect the position) for one of his maneuvers when exceeding the track limits and not returning position to Hamilton, and we will see what happens with the other incident with Hamilton, when Max slowed down and Hamilton stayed behind Red Bull without overtake, and finally hit Red Bull’s ass. It is a bit complex to analyze for several reasons. If the cameras of the moment of the incident are seen:
And the question is:
Be careful because everything will be decided when telemetry is viewed, and many strange things have been seen. It would not be the first time that a pilot uses suspicion to try to harm his rival and it seems that the culprit is the other.
For all this, despite the fact that Max and Lewis finished 1st and 2nd, everyone’s faces were sad and very serious. Not even in the end of Brazil 2007 there were so many disjointed faces …
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+11″825||50|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+41″613||50|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+58″505||50|
|11||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+77″212||50|
|13||Fernando Alonso||Alpine||+1 turn||49|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||Alpha Tauri||+1 turn||49|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+1 turn||49|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||–||Retired|
|18||Sergio perez||Red Bull||–||Retired|
The next and last race it will be next weekend. Formula 1 does not rest, and everything will end in a few days. However, keep an eye on what the stewards decide and whether Max’s or Lewis’s position is affected when they check the telemetry. I remember, both tied on points and in case they both made a zero in the last race, Verstappen would win because he has achieved more victories. Of course, after the withdrawal of Checo here, Mercedes has given a huge blow to the constructors’ world championship.