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Verstappen Overtakes Leclerc Late On To Win Saudi Arabian GP

Mar 27, 2022, 2:23 PM
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Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Formula One defending champion Max Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc three laps from the end of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for his first win of the season and 21st of his career.

The race under floodlights was held two days after an attack on a nearby oil depot by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Leclerc was aiming for back-to-back victories after winning the season-opener in Bahrain last Sunday but Verstappen overtook him on Lap 47 of 50 after some thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing.

Leclerc remains top after two races.

Lewis Hamilton got one point for Mercedes in 10th place after starting 15th.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Sergio Perez were under investigation for not slowing down enough under double yellow flags at the end.

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