Saudi Arabian GP Prediction: Can Mercedes Continue Their Unique F1 Streak After Hamilton’s Win in Qatar?

Published 11/22/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool


Ever since the turbo-hybrid era began in 2014, Mercedes have dominated the Formula One grid. More interestingly, they won at all the new venues added to the F1 calendar since that era.

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With the Jeddah track being new this season, it seems like the Silver Arrows will do the same, as they did at the past venues. Or can Red Bull prevent the Brackley-based squad from doing so?

Mercedes have dominated new venues since the turbo-hybrid era

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When Sochi was added in 2014, it was Lewis Hamilton who claimed victory in Russia. Later in 2016, when the Formula One paddock when to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, it was Germany’s Nico Rosberg who took the chequered flag.

When Mugello and Portimao were added to last season’s calendar, it was the 7-time world champion who won those races. And in 2021, when Qatar hosted a Grand Prix, it was Britain’s Knight who took the chequered flag.

Now after a week’s break, the Formula One circus will head off to a new circuit in Saudi Arabia. Knowing the dominance that they have shown on new tracks since 2014, the Silver Arrows hope to do the same in round twenty-one of this season.

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The title race is still intense with two races remaining

Hamilton won the Losail International Circuit in Qatar this weekend, defeating title contender Verstappen. The Red Bull driver still maintains his lead in the championship race, but the margin has shrunk to just eight points.

Hamilton is coming off two wins, the Brazilian Grand Prix, and the Qatar Grand Prix. With a break after the intense triple-header, Hamilton is hoping to kick off next weekend with a win at the Saudi Arabain Grand Prix. While Max tries to put an end to his winning streak.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

There are only two races left in the 2021 season. With each race, the title race becomes more intense. Who will be crowned world champion this year? Will Max win his first championship, or will Lewis win his eighth? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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