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Good evening and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments surrounding the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia.

Have fun!



  • Verstappen leads

  • Hamilton second

  • Read

    here

    how Verstappen can take the title

  • View the live stand here

With these results Max Verstappen can become world champion tonight.

in 3 days

Warm-up lap

- Hamilton may have his best chance in the entire race at the start to

outwit

Verstappen.

in 3 days

Warm-up lap

- The starting position:



  • Verstappen

  • Hamilton

  • bottas

  • Ocon

  • Ricciardo

  • Leclerc

  • gasly

  • Perez

  • Sainz

  • Giovinazzi

  • Tsunoda

  • Raikkonen

  • Vettel

  • norris

  • Alonso

  • Mazepin

  • Russell

  • Stroll

  • Latina

  • in 3 days

    Warm-up lap

    - The drivers drive out of the pits again.

    in 3 days

    in 3 days

    CODE RED

    - In principle there will be a standing start with Max Verstappen on pole position.

    in 3 days

    CODE RED

    - The race will

    resume

    at

    7:15 PM

    .

    in 3 days

    CODE RED

    - Mercedes tries to calm Hamilton over the on-board radio.

    "Red Bull took a huge gamble by not stopping. This race is not lost yet, opportunities are coming."

    in 3 days

    CODE RED

    - Tire wear is very low here.

    In principle, when the race resumes, the drivers no longer have to make pit stops.

    in 3 days

    in 3 days

    CODE RED

    - Hamilton is furious.

    "How on earth can this be a red flag? The tire stack looked fine."

    in 3 days

    CODE RED - The race is stopped!

    And this is extremely good news for Max Verstappen.

    The Dutchman can change his tires for free and for nothing and thus leads the race.

    in 3 days

    39 more rounds

    - The standings:



  • Verstappen

  • Hamilton

  • bottas

  • Ocon

  • Ricciardo

  • Leclerc

  • gasly

  • Perez

  • Sainz

  • Giovinazzi

  • in 3 days

    39 more rounds

    - Of course this changes everything.

    Verstappen is now driving on a different strategy than both Mercedes drivers.

    Who's right?

    in 3 days

    in 3 days

    40 more laps -

     Verstappen and Red Bull are furious with Bottas and Mercedes.

    The Finn held up the Dutchman considerably on the way to the pits.

    in 3 days

    40 more laps

    - Verstappen stays outside and therefore takes the lead, because Bottas also comes in.

    in 3 days

    41 more laps

    - Pit stop Lewis Hamilton.

    That's an extremely early stop.

    in 3 days

    Safetycar - Mick Schumacher is in the tire pile and has suffered a serious crash.

    The German says he is unharmed.

    in 3 days

    in 3 days

    42 more rounds

    - The virtual World Cup position:



  • Lewis Hamilton - 368.5 points

  • Max Verstappen - 366.5 points

  • in 3 days

    43 more rounds

    - In terms of strategy, there is not much possible for Verstappen.

    A one-stop is by far the fastest and an undercut is not very effective here due to the low tire wear.

    in 3 days

    44 more rounds

    - The standings:



  • Hamilton

  • Bottas +1.6

  • Verstappen +1.7

  • Leclerc +4.4

  • Perez +2.1

  • in 3 days

    45 more laps

    - Hamilton checks.

    The Briton is told that he can go three tenths per lap faster.

    It will be interesting to see if Bottas and Verstappen can go along.

    in 3 days

    in 3 days

    46 more laps -

    Valtteri Bottas clocked the fastest race lap in second place.

    Verstappen is one and a half seconds behind the Fin.

    in 3 days

    In the midfield this is just going well.

    Tsunoda and Ocon hit each other.

    TIDE

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    AuthorMattzel89Moment of places17: 39 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    47 more laps

    - The drivers may start using DRS from this lap.

    in 3 days

    The current situation.

    The top three ride away from the rest.

    LAP 2/50Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen maintain their positions in the top three 👀 #SaudiArabianGP 🇸🇦 #F1

    Avatar

    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places17: 37 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    LIGHTS OUT IN JEDDAH!⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️ #SaudiArabianGP 🇸🇦 #F1

    Avatar

    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places17: 35 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    49 more rounds -

    The standings:



  • Hamilton

  • bottas

  • Verstappen

  • Leclerc

  • Perez

  • norris

  • Ocon

  • gasly

  • Ricciardo

  • Alonso

  • in 3 days

    49 more rounds

    - Verstappen keeps up with Bottas, but is too far to attack.

    The first round passed without yellow flags.

    in 3 days

    START -

    Amazingly no incidents in the first corner.

    Hamilton leads ahead of Bottas and Verstappen.

    in 3 days

    START

    -

    Verstappen remains third, the top three is unchanged. 

    in 3 days

    Warm-up lap

    - The cars roll up the grid.

    A potentially historic race is about to begin.

    in 3 days

    Warm

    -up round - The warm-up round is in Jeddah!

    All drivers move from place to place.

    in 3 days

    The mechanics walk off the grid.

    in 3 days

    The circuit in Jeddah is beautiful.

    The show before the show 🤩 #SaudiArabianGP 🇸🇦 #F1

    Avatar

    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places17: 26 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    The starting grid for the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia:



  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

  • Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

  • Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)

  • Lando Norris (McLaren)

  • Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

  • Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

  • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

  • Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

  • Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

  • Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

  • George Russell (Williams)

  • Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

  • Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

  • Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

  • Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

  • Mick Schumacher (Haas F1)

  • Nikita Mazepin (Haas F1)

  • in 3 days

    7 minutes left until the start

    - If Hamilton finishes in the top five tonight, Max Verstappen can

    not become

    world champion yet.

    in 3 days

    Final preparations 📝 Bulls starting P3 + P5 for the #SaudiArabianGP 🏁

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    AuthorRed Bull Racing HondaMoment of places17: 21 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    12 more minutes to the start

    - The drivers put on their helmets and climb into their cars.

    in 3 days

    Will Max Verstappen become world champion?

    • Yes, tonight in Saudi Arabia

    • Yes, next week in Abu Dhabi

    • No, Hamilton takes the title

    in 3 days

    Moving image of Max Verstappen on his way to the grid.

    He does it!💪 @Max33Verstappen has successfully completed his warm-up lap...all gears have been tapped 🙂 #ZiggoSport #F1 #SaudiArabianGP

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    AuthorZiggo Sport RacingMoment of places17: 04 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    It's grid-forming time!The pit lane is open and drivers are lining up for our first ever race in Jeddah 🌃 #SaudiArabianGP 🇸🇦 #RoadToF1

    Avatar

    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places17: 01 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    Red Bull: "Does everything feel okay?"



    Verstappen: "Sure, everything is fine."

    in 3 days

    Verstappen arrives safely on the grid.

    Everything seems to work fine.

    in 3 days

    Verstappen is already looking for the limit on the way to the grid.

    On Max's outlap...

    Avatar

    AuthorMattzel89Moment of places16: 55 - December 5, 2021

    in 3 days

    40 minutes to go

    - The pit lane is open and the drivers move to their starting positions.

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