Max Verstappen took pole position and “Checo” Pérez will start third in the Saudi Arabia GP – La Opinion

Max Verstappen took pole position and “Checo” Pérez will start third in the Saudi Arabia GP – La Opinion


Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix left a new demonstration of the power and dominance of Red Bull with Max Verstappen recording the best time while his teammate, Sergio “Checo” Pérezhad the third best record of the session held this Friday.

The three-time Formula 1 world champion had his best lap with a time of 1:27.472, which surpassed what was done by the driver of the Ferrari team, Charles Leclerc (1:27.791), and by the Mexican who stopped the times at 1 :27.807, which once again demonstrated the power of the RB20.

The duo from the Austrian team comes from getting 1-2 in the first test of the 2024 F1 season last weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix and they aim to repeat the success this Sunday at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, a test that brings back good memories for “Checo” Pérez.

The Dutchman Max Verstappen took to the track after his teammate, Sergio "Czech" Pérez to give a new demonstration of his dominance in command of the RB20.
The Dutchman Max Verstappen took to the track after his teammate, Sergio “Checo” Pérez to give a new demonstration of his dominance at the helm of the RB20.
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It must be remembered that the driver born in Guadalajara, current runner-up in F1, He achieved one of his two victories last season at the Saudi Arabia GP So this Sunday he hopes to repeat the success of 2023 and continue with the good start he is having this season.

The qualifying day was marked by the last minute departure of the Spanish Carlos Sainz Jr. who had to be replaced by the young British Oliver Bearman due to appendicitis that forced him to undergo surgery and left him out of action for the rest of the weekend.

At 18 years and 10 months old, Oliver Bearman became the youngest driver to debut with the Ferrari team in its history. The Briton surpasses the previous record held by the Spanish Ricardo Rodríguez in the 1961 season when he debuted in the Italian Grand Prix.

The Mexican Sergio "Czech" Pérez during a moment of this Friday's session at the Jeddah Circuit within the framework of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez during a moment of this Friday’s session at the Jeddah Circuit within the framework of the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
Credit: Darko Bandic | AP

For his part, the other Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, achieved a good result in qualifying and will start from fourth position this Sunday. The Aston Martin team driver had a time of 1:7.846. His performance this Friday allowed him to improve the classification he made in Bahrain last week where he started from sixth place.

The top 10 was completed by the McLaren duo composed of the Australian Oscar Piastri and the British Lando Norris followed by George Russel and Lewis Hamilton, both from the Mercedes team. Then came the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (RB) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).

The scare of the day came from Sauber’s Chinese driver, Zhou Guanyu, who suffered an accident during the third free practice prior to qualifying when he hit the wall after having slight contact with the fence in turn five and losing control of his car. The pilot exited without any problem.

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