Verstappen could wrap up the world championship this weekend. If Verstappen wins this weekend and Hamilton finishes seventh or lower it will all be over.
Mercedes have been the quickest in recent weeks, with the Brit closing the gap first in Brazil and then in Qatar, but Verstappen finished the final practice session earlier today as the fastest driver.
There is also plenty to play for in the Constructors Standings, with Mercedes leading Red Bull by five points. That means Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez both have a significant role still to play, and this evening’s qualifying could play in a massive role in shaping both world championship battles.
Follow all the action from qualifying with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of qualifying at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
It’s a big afternoon in the F1 title race. Lewis Hamilton trails Max Verstappen by eight points in the title race, and knows the Red Bull driver could seal the world championship this weekend.
Both will be desperate to be on pole tomorrow afternoon. We’ll have all the latest updates and build-up, ahead of qualifying getting underway at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit at 5pm GMT. Stay tuned!