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F1 news LIVE ahead of pivotal Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

F1 news LIVE ahead of pivotal Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
F1 news, standings and more ahead of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton Aims To Be ‘Purest’ F1 Driver

Follow all the latest news and updates from the world of Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen take their title fight to Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend. Verstappen is eight points clear of his title rival, while Mercedes are just five points ahead of Red Bull in the constructors’ standings heading into the final two races of the season, with Abu Dhabi to come on the final weekend.

The long straights of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit are expected to favour Mercedes and they will be trying to plot a one-two finish. But if Hamilton was to win and collect the bonus point for fastest lap, with Verstappen finishing second, it would create the extraordinary scenario of both drivers having 269.5 points going into the final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit.

Wolff and his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner have been involved in back-and-forth encounters too, drawing amusement from some and disdain from others, as the fight goes on for the constructor championship as well as the drivers’ title. Elsewhere outside the big two, Fernando Alonso’s podium finish, the changing team line-ups for next year and even the additions of rules such as sprint qualifying have all been big talking points in Formula One recently.

Here’s all the latest F1 news and reaction as the build-up to Saudi Arabia continues:

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Lewis Hamilton has not yet tested MercedesFormula 1 car for the 2022 season because it is still on a “steep learning curve” in the wind tunnel.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, he said: “I haven’t driven the car in the sim because I’ve literally just been focusing on this one. It’s been a hard enough workload as it is.

“But I’m in constant contact with the team. Even after our races, I’m always talking about, ‘this is where our car is right now, and these are the things I want on next year’s car, keep an eye out for these things.

“These are the issues I have with the engine, I don’t want to see that next year, please fix it’. I’m constantly having these conversations with heads.

“But right now, with the progress it’s making in the wind tunnel, there is no point driving the car because it’s on a steep learning curve.”

<p>Hamilton insists he will not test the 2022 F1 car yet</p>

Hamilton insists he will not test the 2022 F1 car yet

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 14:15
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F1 news: Damon Hill raises track concerns

Damon Hill has raised concerns about the track Formula 1 drivers will race on for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The location is the next destination for the F1 season which will see Lewis Hamilton attempt to close the gap between himself and Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is just eight points ahead of Hamilton with two races remaining.

But it could be a treacherous race with Hill telling the F1 Nation podcast: “The track we’re going to discover, I think it’s going be a big challenge, by the looks of things.

“I’m a bit worried about the speed. I mean, there’s not much run-off. They’ve got the SAFER barrier that they’re using, which is like they do in Indianapolis, but it’s gonna be very high speed and not much run-off.

“So [it’s] high risk, high jeopardy. That always gets your attention as a racing driver.”

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Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 14:07
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F1 news: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez has said he is willing to focus on helping Max Verstappen win this year’s Formula 1 championship, as the season approaches its final two races.

“It’s part of the game; Max is the one fighting for the championship, and I have no problem helping him,” the Mexican told Canal Plus.

“It’s in everyone’s interest. It doesn’t bother me. Max is the driver of the moment, he’s very strong.

“It’s not easy to be his teammate, but I think I’m doing well. I would have liked to win more races, but I had to adapt to the team.

“That’s a real process with such a competitive car. It took a little longer to get started than expected, but you realise how difficult it is to be successful when you get into this sport.

“It’s not guaranteed; there are so many good drivers and good teams that you have no guarantee of winning even one grand prix.”

<p>Max Verstappen (left) with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez</p>

Max Verstappen (left) with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 13:37
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F1 news: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

This weekend’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix will suit Lewis Hamilton more than Max Verstappen, according to Red Bull chief Christian Horner.

Dutchman Verstappen leads seven-time champion Hamilton by eight points heading into the final two races of the 2021 season.

But the Brit has reduced the gap in recent weeks after back-to-back victories in Brazil and Qatar.

And with the Saudi Arabian GP set to benefit cars built for faster circuits – such as Mercedes – Horner feels it is a track Hamilton will be confident of winning.

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 13:15
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Damon Hill remembers Sir Frank Williams: “I was in awe of Sir Frank. There will be so many people who were touched by his organisation, his determination to succeed and his love of motor racing.”

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F1 NATION: ‘A story of a man who started with nothing’ – Damon Hill remembers Sir Frank Williams | Formula 1®

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Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 12:55
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Fernando Alonso agrees with Max Verstappen that Lewis Hamilton should be sent to the back of the grid for his engine usage.

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Fernando Alonso thinks Lewis Hamilton should be sent to back of grid over engine use

The use of multiple engines is at the centre of the F1 title race this season

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 12:38
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F1 news: No fear from Red Bull

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists Max Verstappen has no need to fear Lewis Hamilton’s “rocket engine” ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Hamilton used a new engine system and showed prolific speed in Brazil, where he produced a stunning performance to take victory from tenth on the grid.

The Briton switched back to an older engine in Qatar without consequence, as Hamilton won again to narrow Verstappen’s lead in the championship to just eight points.

Mercedes will reinstall the new system ahead of next week’s inaugural race in Saudi Arabia, but Marko is adamant the FIA’s introduction of new rear-wing tests will limit Hamilton’s advantage.

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 12:21
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Only a few days until the grand prix begins, but Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were in Paris last night to hand out some trophies:

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 12:03
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F1 news: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural F1 grand prix this weekend is set for the streets of Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast. The track is the second longest on the Formula One calendar and will be the fifth night race of the season. It looks like it’s coming together nicely for a blockbuster weekend of racing.

<p>The Jeddah Corniche Circuit gears up for F1’s visit</p>

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit gears up for F1’s visit

<p>Workers put the final lick of paint on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit</p>

Workers put the final lick of paint on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 11:39
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Fernando Alonso agrees with Max Verstappen that Lewis Hamilton should be sent to the back of the grid for his engine usage.

In the Brazilian Grand Prix, the British driver used his fifth internal combustion engine of the season. He was handed a five-place grid penalty but Alonso believes it should have been a stronger punishment.

“Those who have exceeded a certain number of engines per year should be sent to the back of the grid,” Alonso told Spanish outlet AS.

Hamilton won the Brazilian race in November to close the gap on title rival Verstappen, who wasn’t happy about the engine used. He said: “In theory Mercedes can put in a new combustion engine every Grand Prix, take five places penalty and benefit from the power boost.”

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Fernando Alonso thinks Lewis Hamilton should be sent to back of grid over engine use

The use of multiple engines is at the centre of the F1 title race this season

Lawrence Ostlere30 November 2021 11:21