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Hamilton's 'intense' pole journey creates big chance

Lewis Hamilton reflected on a "intense" Saturday at the Saudi Arabian GP on a dramatic day of ultimately contrasting fortunes for the Briton and title rival Max Verstappen which has put the Mercedes driver in the box seat for Sunday's penultimate race of 2021 - and perhaps now the title battle too. Hamilton will start from pole position and Verstappen from third when lights go out at 5.30pm live on Sky Sports F1. In an added bonus for Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas joins Hamilton on the front row. That starting order certainly had not looked likely until the very final corner of Verstappen's last qualifying lap, when the Dutchman's locking of a wheel sent him on a pole-losing collision...
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