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By Matt Morlidge

Max Verstappen finds ‘ruthless’ last-corner crash in    GP of Saudi Arabia qualifying if

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Max Verstappen hits the wall at the last corner of to be final qualifying lap, costing him pole position for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Max Verstappen hits the wall at the last corner of to be final qualifying lap, costing him pole position for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Max Verstappen admitted that his last-round, last-corner crash in GP of Saudi Arabia qualifying was “terrible” and “extremely disappointing” as the Red Bull driver regretted the dramatic error that would prove be a defining moment in to be championship battle against Lewis Hamilton.

Title leader Verstappen, in majestic shape to and met 26 of the 27 tricky corners of Jeddahs new street follow and on what Red Bull called the “lap” of the year”, watched set deal a huge blow to rival Lewis Hamilton by taking pole position for 2021 is penultimate race – before disaster struck.

Verstappen locked up with him final braking point of the day, tried to stay on the power on the exit of the corner, and the back of are Red Bull hit the wall.

The shunt means Lewis Hamilton has pole for the race, while Verstappen is set until start third. Since there is just eight points between them, the title lead could very well change hands on Sunday for the decision maker next weekend.

“To be of of course terrible,” said Verstappen, who was two and one half tithes up on Hamilton for his last-gasp for breath mistake. “It’s extremely disappointing . I thought in the last corner there was still something to gain.

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Max Verstappen was disappointed that he had cut the wall in to be qualifying round in Jeddah but says he was fast enough to be competitive in the race tomorrow

Max Verstappen was disappointed that he had cut the wall in to be qualifying round in Jeddah but says he was fast enough to be competitive in the race tomorrow

“In this fight you want until start first.”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner described the crash as “pretty brutal”.

“It is a great pity”, the Red Bull boss told Sky F1. “It was a mighty, mighty round. We’re . on the back foot here and he pulled something very special out the bag.”

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner says It was a great pity that Max Verstappen crash on the final corner of to be qualifying shot and he was on for pool in Jeddah

Red Bull’s Christian Horner says It was a great pity that Max Verstappen crash on the final corner of to be qualifying shot and he was on for pool in Jeddah

anxious waiting for Verstappen: Could the problems get worse?

Not only die from Verstappen crash cost him pole, but there was immediate concern around his new gearbox, as damage may occur lead to a replacement and a subsequent five-place schedule penalty.

“Hopefully it’s not a gearbox” penalty want that would be particularly brutal,” said Horner, with Red Bull currently investigation into the damage.

Verstappen said he also was not sure but commented: “It didn’t look like too bad when I looked at it.”

Should Max have slowed down? ‘Defining moment’ in title race?

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Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson analyzes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps from a dramatic qualifying session in Jeddah

Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson analyzes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps from a dramatic qualifying session in Jeddah

Verstappen’s lap was indeed a cracker for turn 27, find the limits of the street circuit – he even clipped the wall in the first sector – and he had posted the best two sectors of qualifying for the final running.

He was two tenths up on Hamilton, who was ready long ago met to be last shot, in that stage. Could he have taken the last corner less aggressive considering the dashboard on the steering wheel told him how much faster was he?

“I Knew I Was Then” second behind Lewis,” Verstappen told Sky F1. “Arriving at the first corner I was three tenths below my lap time.

“But then of of course still wanted to do good last corner. I thought I was braking at a similar point and I just have a lock up. I still tried to save the lap, but I hit the wall And really quickly broke the rear.”

Damon Hill and Paul Di Resta of Sky F1 agreed.

“It’s very hard when you’ve committed as much as Max clearly had” on Which last shot at just just go, “I’ll go a little gentle,” Hill said. ‘He was totally committed the whole time way round.”

Di Resta added that he didn’t think Red Bull should have instructed him: “Two tenths is nothing” in Formula 1. If he in the . had gone last corner and over- slowed down, you’d kick yourself. You have to trust him.”

Verstappen can take his first title on Sunday as he Hamilton met 18 . surpasses points but he also now faced met the very real expectation of to be . losses lead for the final race, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 12 Dec.

“Can Max’s? error be a defining moment in this title battle?” thought Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok.

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