‘Checo’ Pérez flies and wins pole position in the Arabian GP; Verstappen is left out and Alonso surprises

The Mexican driver of Red Bull, Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez, stayed this Saturday with the pole position of the Saudi Arabian GP, ​​after setting the best time, beating Charles Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), second and third, respectively.

Despite calmly dominating the first session, double world champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was eliminated in the second qualifying round due to meconium engine problems. The Dutchman suddenly lost power in Q2 and claimed over the radio, in a message in English, that he had “an engine problem.”

Max Verstappen was left out in Q2 – Photo: AFP
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Sergio Perez marked the best time – Photo: AFP

The young man now looks very diminished for the race on Sunday, and will start from fifteenth place in the urban circuit of Jeddah, where it is not easy to pass and recover positions, for which the Austrian squad will have to appeal again to strategy .

“I felt that the car was going incredible. It’s a shame that Max was left out so quickly,” said Pérez, who did not hide that a bittersweet feeling remained in the team due to the problem his partner had.

Alonso, for his part, will be on the front row of the grid looking to repeat the podium of two weeks ago at the Bahrain Grand Prix. On a different and fast track, the double world champion will try to maintain the high performance of Aston Martin.

It is worth mentioning that the Spaniard finished third in the qualifying test behind Leclerc, but the Ferrari driver will have to drop his position 10 places due to suspension.

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Alonso will start on the front row due to Charles Leclerc’s penalty – Photo: AFP
The Spanish Formula 1 driver, Fernando Alonso, of Aston Martin's will start fifth this Sunday at the Bahrain Grand Prix, (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
The English driver continues to show that he has a competitive car – Photo: AFP
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The Monegasque, who had to retire in Bahrain, has to serve a penalty of ten places on the starting grid of the race because he replaced an electronic component in his car.

“It has been a good weekend for us. The car has performed very well, we’ll see what we can do from here. I am confident, the car is good and the race is our strongest point.” Alonso said at a press conference.

The second line, meanwhile, will be occupied by the British George Russell (Mercedes) and the English Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari), who limited the damage of the red team. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start seventh, just ahead of Australian rookie Oscar Piastri (McLaren), who will start from a remarkable eighth place in his second F1 race.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes looks on during the Mercedes end of season photo during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 17, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Hamilton finished seventh in the standings – Photo: Formula 1 via Getty Images

This is the starting grid of the Saudi Arabian GP

1. Sergio Perez

2. Fernando Alonso

3. George Russell

4. Carlos Sainz

5. L. Stroll

6. Esteban Ocon

7.Lewis Hamilton

8. O. Piastri


10. Nico Hulkenberg

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc celebrates after claiming pole position in the qualifying session for the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 11, 2022. (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED / POOL / AFP)
Charles Leclerc lost 10 places due to suspension – Photo: AFP
Red Bull Racingdrives' Max Verstappen was fastest in free practice this Friday in Jedah.
Max Verstappen will start from the back of the grid – Photo: Formula 1 via Getty Images


12.Charle Leclerc

13. K. Magnussen

14. Valtteri Bottas

15. Max Verstappen.

16.Yuki Tsunoda

17. A. Albon

18. N. De Vries

19. Nando Norris

20. L. Sargeant

Spanish Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr competes during the qualifying round of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir on March 4, 2023. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
The race will take place this Sunday – Photo: AFP

The race will be held this Sunday, March 17, at the Jeddah Corniche circuit, and will have a total of 50 laps. This grand prize will start at 12:00 in the afternoon (Colombian time) and will be broadcast live on Star +.

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