Lewis Hamiltons hopes at bagging his eighth world championship remain strong after his dramatic victory at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix held on Sunday.
Following the event, Hamilton is not at 369.5 points which puts him on the same level as rival Max Verstappen. This will all be decided upon in next weeks race to be held in Abu Dhabi.
For much of Sundays race, Hamilton was trailing Verstappen. The race was stopped twice due to crashes and was also interrupted by safety vehicles. One of the crashes involved Hamilton and Verstappen. This led Hamilton to finish the race even with a damaged front wing.
Speaking about the race, Hamilton said, “I have been racing a long time but that was incredibly tough. This is Hamiltons 8th win this season and his 103rd in his entire career.
The win did not come effortlessly though. Verstappen was told to hand the lead to Hamilton since he essentially held it only by forcing Hamilton to go off track at Turn One. Verstappen took his time in handing the lead over.
Verstappen finished the race 11.825 seconds behind Hamilton. Later, he was sanctioned 10 seconds although that did not alter his final position.
“Just trying to race and this sport is more about penalties than racing. For me, this is not Formula 1, but at least the fans enjoyed it and I gave it all today, but not quick enough, said Verstappen.