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Verstappen outduels Leclerc for dramatic Saudi GP win


Max Verstappen outduelled Charles Leclerc to win the Saudi Arabian GP and get revenge on his rival following another spectacular battle between the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers to start Formula 1 2022.

After Sergio Perez lost his lead following an unfortunately-timed Safety Car, the sport's young stars went wheel to wheel in an epic finale to the race - a week after their Bahrain exploits - though this time Verstappen came out on top.

The world champion overtook Leclerc into Turn 1 with just four laps remaining to claim a vital first win of the season after his late DNF in the opener.

Verstappen's eventual pass followed several laps of feisty yet fine racing.

Well done to Max, that was nice," said Leclerc in a clear message of respect for a driver he could well battle over the season. "It's hard racing but fair. Every race should be like this."

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