Formula One’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand prix was halted following Mick Schumacher’s huge crash into the wall.
The son of seven-time world champion, Michael, lost control of his car on entry into the now infamous Turn-22, where he spun into the barriers on the side.
The 22-year-old German emerged unscathed but the crash immediately led to a safety car being deployed, with Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas pitting from the front.
It appeared that Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had made a grave error by opting to stay out until F1 race director Michael Masi brought out a red flag shortly afterwards, resulting in the race being halted.
That allowed Verstappen to effectively be allowed a free tire change from the restart, meaning Mercedes wasted unnecessary time in pitting before the red flag.
The race started shortly after with Hamilton pipping the Dutchman to the first corner, before yet another crash forced the race to be halted once more.
That was as a result of Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc and Sergio Perez’s contact during the re-start, which led to a catastrophic chain reaction further behind.
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Schumacher’s Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin was forced to retire after crashing into the back of Williams driver George Russell with little room to avoid contact.
It also saw Perez and Russell out of the Grand Prix with the race having to be halted and re-started yet again.
The fast and dangerous new track continued to cause several problems for drivers, with the virtual safety car regularly having to be re-deployed in a must-win championship-deciding face for both Hamilton and Verstappen.
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