Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won on Sunday the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 after beating Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen over the line after a chaotic race.

Hamilton started on pole in Jeddah, with Red Bull’s Verstappen third. The pair traded positions, but ultimately the Mercedes man came out on top as Verstappen finished second.

The victory for the British driver means the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers are now level on points in the world championship standings ahead of the finale in the UAE.

The competitions of round 21 (penultimate) were filled under the Kingdom’s “Quality of Life” program, with the participation of 20 competitors representing 10 teams.

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is the fastest street circuit in the world with an average speed of 252 kilometers per hour, while the maximum speed is 322 kilometers per hour in the last turn, and it also contains seven stands that have been built, giving fans a good view of the race. However, the track has been criticized by some for its dangerous lack of run-off areas and narrowness that was behind some of the high-speed crashes during the race weekend.

Organized by the Ministry of Sports in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, the Formula One Grand Prix comes in a 15-year partnership with F1.

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