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the mexican pilot Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull) will start first this Sunday at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prixthe second in the Formula One World Championship, after having dominated qualifying at the Jeddah street circuit.
The Aztec relegated to second and third place the Ferraris of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and the Spanish Carlos Sainz; in a hectic day marked by the accident of the German Mick Schumacher (Haas) and in which the seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was eliminated in the first round (Q1).
Checo, 32, achieved his first ‘pole’ in F1 by covering the 6,175 meters of the fastest urban circuit in the world in one minute, 28 seconds and 200 thousandths, 25 less than Leclerc -World Cup leader- and 202 ahead of Sainz; that he will start third, next to the other Red Bull, that of his former Dutch teammate Max Verstappen -last world champion- and from the second row.
The other Spaniard, the double Asturian world champion Fernando Alonso (Alpine), will face the race from seventh place, alongside the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and in the fourth row.
Without reaching the extreme of Friday, in which there was an attack claimed by the Yemeni Houthis on an oil installation located about 15 kilometers from the circuit, the day had all kinds of emotions and ended, after the scare carried out by the son of the ‘Kaiser’, with an entire exhibition of the Mexican from Red Bull, twice winner and with fifteen podiums in the premier category, in which this Sunday he hopes to polish his record.
After a long night of meetings that did not end until almost half past two in the morning, the drivers, who considered the possibility of not continuing to race because of the aforementioned attack, finally decided that the Grand Prix would continue its course; and on the morning of this Saturday both the FIA and F1 made public a statement confirming this circumstance.
The Mexican will seek his third victory in F1 this Sunday, with the permission of the Ferrari and his teammate Verstappen, who starts fourth in a race that Alonso -ninth in Bahrain- will face from seventh place.