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Formula 1: Max Verstappen will be world champion in Saudi Arabia if ...


The Dutch driver, leader of the standings ahead of Lewis Hamilton, can be crowned this Sunday in Saudi Arabia.

A total suspense, a crazy end to the season and a long-awaited meeting.

Penultimate round and first title chance for Max Verstappen this Sunday.

The probability is low, but the Dutchman from Red Bull can write his name on the F1 charts at the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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To win his first title in the premier class of motorsport, Verstappen must extend his lead over Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) from at least eight to 26 lengths.

He must therefore score 18 more points.

This implies that the 24-year-old rider finishes 1st or 2nd (which, barring an incident, is well within his grasp) and his 36-year-old rival stumbles (which is less likely).

Indeed, on paper, the Jeddah Corniche circuit, which Formula 1 is visiting for the first time, is favorable to Mercedes.

It certainly has 27 turns over 6.174 km, but they are almost only light curves and the layout is very long.

An expected average speed of 252 km / h, with a peak of 322 km / h, makes it the fastest of urban circuits.

Under these conditions, the top speed of the Silver Arrows promises to be a definite advantage.

Especially since Hamilton will again be equipped with the engine which allowed it to climb no less than 25 places in two races (qualifying sprint and GP) to win in Brazil in mid-November.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-12-04

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