Max Verstappen snatches dramatic late win in Saudi Arabian GP after Charles Leclerc battle as Lewis Hamilton ends 10th

MAX VERSTAPPEN traded blows with Charles Leclerc at the front of an epic fight in Saudi Arabia – as Lewis Hamilton was left for dust. There was a threat from the drivers to boycott this race in the wake of a missile attack just six miles down the road on Friday – and Hamilton must have been left wishing it had been scrapped. But for the rest of us, we are lapping up this battle between Ferrari and Red Bull at the front. There was already a thrilling early scrap between the two Alpine drivers which created some nervous moments on the pitwall as Esteban Ocon battled with Fernando Alonso. Before this race he was quizzed if he was confident of moving forward, to which he was not particularly confident. After starting in 15th, by lap 10 he was already up to 12th. By lap 14, he was into the top 10 before the race was punctured by a safety car. Then Alfa’s Valtteri Bottas crawled into the pits and retired from the race. There was a repeat on the following lap as they both exchanged positions. “The respect has always been there especially when you finish a race like this.

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