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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

This season’s title race appears to be centered on the current world champion Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the latter has a twenty-point lead over the Red Bull Racing driver, but there is no sign of that on the track. They constantly try to get past each other without colliding. They know each other from their karting days so they have a lot of respect for each other on the track.

In Bahrain, Leclerc proved to be the smarter of the two drivers by making effective use of the DRS. Verstappen cleared Leclerc three times in the first corner, but each time the Ferrari driver was able to overtake him again in the fourth corner with DRS. What helped Leclerc’s situation, despite having a strong advantage over the other drivers, was that Max Verstappen had to withdraw his RB18 in the final laps of the race at the Bahrain International Circuit due to a fuel pump problem after being visible throughout the race suffered from steering problems.

As for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Charles Leclerc, who started the race from P2, lost that win to the Dutchman as Verstappen came at him with the advantage of DRS. Leclerc was able to hold his lead for a while, only for Verstappen to take the lead a while later. Verstappen then easily defended himself against Leclerc and took his first win of the 2022 season.

Max Verstappen learns from the mistake at the Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Verstappen cleared him on the penultimate lap, but Leclerc then applied DRS to pass him again at the first corner. The next time, however, was different as Verstappen slammed on the brakes to get DRS heading for the first corner. On this last DRS, F1 journalist Mark Hughes mentioned: “Verstappen dove inward but was determined not to hit the DRS line first.”

Pretty much the same game he played here with Hamilton last year and was actually locked up in his eagerness to stay behind“. Max Verstappen had a dramatic victory over the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton last season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where there seemed very little hope for the Dutchman of winning the title for the majority of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit until a safety was imposed following the crash of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi Car situation came.

Verstappen, according to Hughes, soon realized both actions. The Dutchman overtook the Monegasque driver on lap 47 and then successfully defended himself against Leclerc. This season has plenty of chances to see Verstappen and Leclerc in absolute head-to-head battles considering how close the two drivers were in the first two grands prix of the season.

Also read: Saudi Arabian GP: Twitter labels Max Verstappen a ‘spoiled child’ after ‘this is unfair’ message during Charles Leclerc fight

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