Saudi Arabian GP: a burgeoning rivalry between Charles Leclerc & Max Verstappen

Two races down in the new Formula 1 season, two fantastic battles between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. Verstappen said: “The middle bit (of the race) was just trying to stay with Charles without hurting the tyres too much, because that was a bit my problem in the first stint, to see what would happen in the last 10 or 15 laps. Leclerc tried to stretch his lead, setting fastest lap of the race on lap 44. Verstappen set fastest lap on lap 47, but Leclerc responded on lap 48 and would have had DRS going down the pit straight on lap 49, with one to go. A first and a second for Leclerc in two races mean he has a 20-point lead over Verstappen, with the other Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz between them. “I am quite happy about the start for sure,” Leclerc said.

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