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Hamilton on pole in Saudi Arabia as Verstappen hits the wall

Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 04, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 04, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Image: Giuseppe Cacace - Pool/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday as Red Bull rival and Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen hit the wall at the last corner on his final lap in qualifying.

Hamilton, eight points behind with two races to go, was joined on the front row by team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen, who needs to finish second to have a chance of taking the title on Sunday, qualified third.


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