EXCLUSIVE: Verstappen and Hamilton's decisive Saudi Arabian GP qualifying laps side-by-side


We very nearly saw one of the finest ever Formula 1 qualifying laps before Max Verstappen locked up and hit the wall in the final corner at Jeddah last weekend. But, for the first time, here are his and Lewis Hamilton's efforts from Saudi Arabia compared.

The world watched in awe as Hamilton and Verstappen faced off in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. But before Sunday's main event was a scintillating qualifying display. In the top-10 shootout, Hamilton set the benchmark – but Verstappen was on the warpath as the clock ticked down.

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Both kicked up dust from the outskirts of the tarmac, both drivers playing chicken with the looming barriers – but the Red Bull driver was faster through the first and second sectors. Then it all came to an abrupt and shocking end as the Dutchman locked up in the final corner.

Go onboard with the two championship protagonists and watch how they compared in a crucial Saudi Arabian qualifying session, using the video player above.


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