‘Bonkers race, unreal drama’: F1 fans salute Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s Saudi GP battle as ‘one of the fiercest and best rivalries’ in the sport… and look forward to title decider in Abu Dhabi next week

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  • Sunday’s exciting Saudi Arabia GP. Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen
  • Hamilton and Verstappen bump into each other again in Jeddah race
  • F1 title moves to next week’s title decider based on points in rival standings
  • Fans praised the two for a thrilling fight on Sunday and can’t wait for next week
  • The race for the F1 drivers’ standings championship will be decided in Abu Dhabi

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Formula One fans rejoiced at Sunday’s sensational Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race, with Lewis Hamilton winning an exciting season in Jeddah.

The Mercedes driver won a thrilling inaugural Saudi GP event that raised two red flags, five drivers crashing into a collision on the narrow track, while Hamilton also hit the back of Verstappen’s car as Red Bull tried to pass him .

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The result means both Hamilton and Verstappen are level on points going into the season’s final F1 showdown next week in Abu Dhabi, with the competition established as the winner taking all events.

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Formula One fans praise Lewis Hamilton (right) and Max Verstappen (left) for their thrilling Saudi Arabian Grand Prix battle

Hamilton (right) overtook Verstappen (left) to win after the pair hit the track again

Hamilton (right) overtook Verstappen (left) to win after the pair hit the track again

As fans reacted to the race on social media, a supporter tweeted: ‘Legal criticism about today’s race aside: no matter what you cheer for, the title fight between Hamilton and Verstappen history Will go down as one of the fiercest and best rivals in the world. His passing on points to the final level is in itself unbelievable. #F1 #SaudiArabianGP’

Another said: ‘Bonkers race, unreal drama and tension, but Max’s driving standards have me worried what is at stake next weekend #F1 #SaudiArabianGP’

One posted: ‘I really can’t believe what we just saw. To go into the last race of the season with points at Lewis and Max’s level…you couldn’t write it down’

Fans react with glee on social media as they attempt to dissect Sunday night's F1 action

Fans react with glee on social media as they attempt to dissect Sunday night’s F1 action

Meanwhile, another fan said: ‘I’ve never seen so much chaos and controversy in a race weekend’

One fan claimed: ‘I’m still recovering for that race. Incredible drive from Lewis under all conditions and Max is again showing that he is the biggest cheat in world sport.’

Another tweeted: ‘This is unbelievable. I’ve never seen penalties negotiated in F1. Ridiculous.’

The Jeddah competition was temporarily halted after 13 laps when Mick Schumacher’s crash raised a red flag. Hamilton had already boxed when the safety car was initially out, leaving Verstappen in front for the second restart.

Two red flags and five cars crashed out of the race in a thrilling race on a narrow Jeddah track

Two red flags and five cars crashed out of the race in a thrilling race on a narrow Jeddah track

The F1 title race between Hamilton and Verstappen to be decided in Abu Dhabi next week

F1 title race between Hamilton and Verstappen to be decided in Abu Dhabi next week

But the standing start created more drama as Verstappen lost his lead straight after being lighted out, before completing an illegal overtake that saw him hitting another collision between Sergio Pérez and George Russell after another immediate red flag. Placed third in the grid.

Mercedes and Red Bull both negotiated penalties with the FIA ​​but the drama did not stop there. After Verstappen was asked to give up his first position after lap 42, the Dutchman slowed down to overtake Hamilton – only for Mercedes to pass behind him.

Verstappen, who was given a five-second penalty for applying the brakes in front of Hamilton, eventually overtook Hamilton after a communication breakdown between the FIA ​​and Mercedes.

Hamilton finished with a strong lead of 369.5 points – just as Verstappen is going into next Sunday’s grand prix in Abu Dhabi.

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