Motor racing-Verstappen, Hamilton play it cool ahead of crunch time

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - December 2, 2021 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Sergio Perez during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Max Verstappen cut an unfazed figure on Thursday heading into the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a race which could bring the Red Bull driver a maiden Formula One world title.

Verstappen leads Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by eight points in the standings heading into the season's penultimate race around the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

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