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Who will win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 1,112 46.3%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 1,116 46.5%
  • Other Driver

    Votes: 172 7.2%

  • Total voters
    2,400
Just two races remain in this unforgettable 2021 F1 season, and both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships are still hotly contested as the teams head to Saudi Arabia.

Most Formula 1 fans are feeling some combination of excitement and exhaustion entering the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend. On one hand, the most tightly contested F1 championship in many years is a racing fan’s dream, but on the other hand the off-track drama has been a racing purist’s nightmare.

Amidst this on-track versus off-track furor, the 10 F1 teams and drivers are focused on securing or advancing their positions in the championship standings. Max Verstappen sits eight points ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. The pair have combined to win all but four races so far this season, and a win by either driver in Saudi Arabia will have a significant impact on the title outcome. A win by Hamilton will close the gap to two or fewer points entering the final race, and a win by Verstappen would reduce Hamilton’s hopes of taking the title to a few unlikely outcomes in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes and Red Bull are just five points apart in the constructors’ standings entering Saudi Arabia. Valtteri Bottas was the first race retirement in Qatar, which limited Mercedes’ points to the 25 collected by Hamilton. 2nd and 4th place finishes by the Red Bull drivers gave them a significant points surge to help narrow the championship gap. Like the drivers’ standings, a lot is on the line in Saudi Arabia for the teams.

Jeddah Corniche Circuit is host to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and should make for a compelling showcase of how fast the current generation of F1 cars is. Nearly 80% of the lap at this street circuit will be flat out for the drivers. Despite being over 6 kilometers long and encompassing 27 turns, qualifying laptimes will be well under one and a half minutes.

All eyes will be on the front of the field this weekend in this high-stakes race. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below on how you think this race will play out.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix? Let us know on Twitter at @RaceDepartment or in the comments section below!

Photo credits: Red Bull Content Pool
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Mike Smith
I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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Hardly the only overtaking nightmare on the calendar for the current generation of cars, but still not inspiring confidence for a great race until next years GP at least. Qualifying should be well worth watching though.
 
Easy win for Hamilton unfortunately.
I fear this might be the tale of the weekend too, I think the fact that it’s a high speed circuit will overly benefit Mercedes’ unfortunately…

but I would really love to be proved completely wrong and for both Louis and Max to be separated by nothing at all, and for it to go down to the wire/ last race.
 
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What is the over / under on red flags for the race? I'm thinking at least 1 maybe 2 or 3.

With Max fading in the championship and Lewis finally trying again, it looks like Lewis will add to his championship total.
 
Man, looking at the onboard lap from the safety car, I'd be surprised if we don't see at least 2 DNFs in the race. It reminds me a lot of Singapore for some reason.
 
The track will be a challenge for the pilots . It will be hot . The race will go down in history
 
Interesting to see max was two tenths off the pace while on the hard. I wonder if the tires were overheating when he switched to soft. I would have imagined a much higher tire delta after an hour of rubbering in.
 
After watching some on boards during FP1 I seriously got a bit dizy (no it was not beer time yet). I think the speed and the close barriers caused some 'nausiness'.

Were the drivers cautious and in learning mode or did they already push their car to the limits on this new track? I guess the first option? I like the idea we all have no reference from the past. So no idea if a lap of 1.29 is already fast??

BTW: I voted Lewis :mad:. Time for a beer now and prepare for FP2. Enjoy the race weekend!!
 
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I fear that the Mercedes is gonna be OP again, Verstappen deserves the WDC this year but im not sure if he still has a chance with the sudden pace merc showed in the last two races
 
Like Silverstone what are you talking?
Like Silverstone
Like Interlagos
Like Monza
Like Hungary 2017
Like Bahrain 2018
Like China 2018

That's all I can be bothered to type but there's so many more cases. Max sticks the car in the corner and if you don't get out of the way, you crash. It's his trademark.

If you're upset by Silverstone just remember this is the FIRST time someone has done it to you. Everybody else is used to it by now.
 

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