The epic battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen reached new heights as perhaps the craziest instalment in the F1 world championship race took place during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.
In a thriller in Jeddah, the two F1 title contenders fought for the race lead throughout, with controversial moments and exhilarating restarts.
The Brit took the chequered flag to tie the drivers' standings ahead of next weekend's finale in Abu Dhabi.
Sunday's race saw two red flags, multiple virtual safety car interventions and five drivers crash out before Hamilton won his eighth race of the season.
Check out five moments that stood out on a chaotic day in Formula 1:
After Haas’ Mick Schumacher hits the wall, the race is red-flagged – gifting Verstappen the opportunity to change tyres without needing a pit stop.
Hamilton complains over the radio that the Dutchman has done a practice start in the pit lane, which isn’t allowed, but the seven-time champion is then accused of leaving too much space during the warm-up lap to sufficiently heat his tyres.
Hamilton flies into the lead on the first corner but Verstappen reclaims it by cutting the second corner, with Esteban Ocon sneaking ahead of the Brit.
Charles Leclerc runs out of room and his Ferrari clips the back of Sergio Perez, whose Red Bull smashes into the wall while Nikita Mazepin slams into the back of George Russell – and the red flag was brought out yet again.
After another 20-minute break, the stewards decide Verstappen should give Hamilton his place back, leaving Ocon with the lead.
From the third start, the Dutchman brilliantly takes the lead on the inside with Hamilton staying third, although he overtakes Ocon on the next lap.
This is the big one. Hamilton, finally in DRS range, takes the lead on the pit straight only for Verstappen to take it back by cutting the second corner again.
The Dutchman is told to give the place back, and confusion reigns as it appears Hamilton is not informed of this.
With both drivers vying for their optimal place for the move to happen, Verstappen moves aside and brakes in front of the unsuspecting Hamilton.
Both Red Bull and Mercedes are utterly furious with the scene, with team principal Toto Wolff throwing his headphones against the table in anger.
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Verstappen allows Hamilton to take the lead but instantly reclaims it with an impressive move on the inside.
Moments later, the 24-year-old is awarded a five-second penalty for how he overtook Hamilton five laps earlier. The penalty was added after the race.
Verstappen gives Hamilton the lead, although Red Bull boss Christian Horner appears to suggest there was no reason for him to do so.
Regardless, the Dutchman began to lose grip in his tyres and Hamilton pulled away to claim the 103rd win of his career.
Formula 1 travels to the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 12, with Red Bull star Verstappen and Mercedes’ Hamilton level on points ahead of the final race of the season.
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