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Lewis Hamilton wins enthralling Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, moving level on points with Championship leader Max Verstappen with one race remaining.
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Lewis Hamilton moves level with Championship leader Max Verstappen after winning a memorable Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Owing to crashes and debris, the first half of the race was stop-start, but the closing stages will go down in Formula 1 history, Hamilton colliding with his rival before finishing 11 seconds clear after Verstappen had been hit with a five-second penalty.

Adding the point for his fastest lap of the race, Hamilton moves level on points with Verstappen ahead of the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes made the perfect start, retaining first and second respectively, and everything appeared to be going to plan ahead of Hamilton making his first stop.

However, a heavy crash, not for the first time on Sunday, halted proceedings, not only handing Verstappen a way back into the race but a clear advantage having already pitted and with Hamilton having not.

For the drivers as well as observers, the race became difficult to assess as it became dominated by red flags, safety cars and lingering debris, but Verstappen led with 15 laps left.

Moments after Verstappen had aggressively retained his advantage, the pair, already holding a rivalry full of controversy, then collided, Hamilton going into the back of the frontrunner and claiming that he had "brake-tested" him.

After a bizarre set of circumstances, Verstappen was ordered to give Hamilton first position, only to immediately overtake his rival, a move that even his team disagreed with.

Verstappen was ultimately given a five-second penalty, effectively ending the race as a contest as Hamilton managed his tyres to seal one of the most famous wins of his career.

Valtteri Bottas stole third spot ahead of Esteban Ocon, the Mercedes driver finishing just over a tenth of a second ahead of the Alpine counterpart. body check tags ::

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2Liverpool22146258193948
3Chelsea24138348183047
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd2211563630638
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11Aston Villa2182112832-426
12Southampton2251072634-825
13Crystal Palace225983134-324
14Brentford2365122638-1223
15Leeds UnitedLeeds215792440-1622
16Everton2054112435-1119
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18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2129102143-2215
19Watford2042142340-1714
20Burnley181981627-1112
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