First pit stops
Ricciardo, Stroll and Albon put on hard tires at the back of the pack.
5 second penalty for Zhou
The Chinese pilot is penalized for a maneuver on Albon.
Bottas between the Alpines
The Alfa Romeo driver overtook Ocon and came between the two teammates, in 7th place.
The point after 14 laps out of 50
Perez still prances in front of Leclerc who holds his second place well. Verstappen regained third position thanks to a strong start and seems settled on the podium. The pass concerns the 6th place between the two Alpines.
Hamilton crunches Norris
English duel for 11th place with McLaren trying to respond. New big fight between the Alpines, who don’t let go.
The reigning vice-world champion is now 12th in the race. He still has Norris and Gasly to overtake to get into the points.
A small mattress for Perez
The race leader has nearly 2.5 seconds over Leclerc after 10 laps. Verstappen is more than 4 seconds away.
Alonso’s muscular defense
Ocon tries again to pass his teammate after giving him his place. Bottas is in the wake of the Alpine.
Ocon did not abdicate
The Frenchman goes back in front of Alonso even if he has to go out of bounds. He should have to give way again. Behind, Bottas takes the opportunity to get closer.
It passes for Alonso
The Spanish driver finally overtook his teammate and took 6th place. Even if the Frenchman takes all the risks to recover his position in the first corner.
Big duel between the Alpines
Alonso is still just as menacing in his teammate’s mirrors. With the DRS, he should soon pass for 6th place.
Zhou goes out of bounds
The Alfa Romeo driver brakes late and has to exceed the track limits, without consequence. He remains 15th.
The ranking after 5 rounds
Gasly recovers his 10th place, Alonso is attacking his teammate.
Russell enters the top 5
The Mercedes driver overtakes Ocon for 5th place. Alonso is just behind his teammate, in 7th position.
Gasly out of the points
Very nice maneuver by Norris to regain 10th place from Gasly. Hamilton moved up to 14th.
Perez flies away
The poleman is already distancing himself from Leclerc. No damage in this first turn.
Let’s go for this GP of Saudi Arabia!
Very good start for Red Bull, Verstappen takes 3rd place from Sainz!
Start of formation lap
It is 7 p.m., the 18 single-seaters still in the race set off for the warm-up lap.
Binotto reassures for Sainz
Mattia Binotto on Canal+: “It’s a very difficult race, a chess match with Red Bull. Carlos Sainz? It’s a small problem that we had but we fixed it.”
Abandonment of Tsunoda
The AlphaTauri pilot will not take the start, after having had a breakdown of his single-seater during warm-up
Ocon: “We’ll have to be patient”
Esteban Ocon on Canal +: “I feel good, it was a superb qualifying. A lot can happen, we will have to be patient, see if there are opportunities to take.”
Tsunoda complains about his car
“I lost it,” says the AlphaTauri pilot.
“Problem fixed” at Ferrari
Ferrari reassures about Carlos Sainz’s single-seater, without specifying what the initial problem was
Meanwhile, Verstappen is making jokes
The Dutchman simply put David Coulthard’s head in his birthday cake, we’re on a trigger
Sainz is getting ready and it looks quite reassuring
According to Canal+, we are reassuring at Ferrari. A small problem of arrival of gasoline or connectors is mentioned but a priori, nothing to prevent Carlos Sainz from starting from the second row.
Fears for Sainz’s single-seater
Many people around the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, sign that there is a problem, which would be located in the cockpit. The FIA is keeping an eye out and that’s not really a good sign. He is supposed to start from the second row, just ahead of Max Verstappen.
Schumacher “ready to race”
The German Mick Schumacher (Haas), package for the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, “will for sure be ready to race” and his withdrawal is not explained by his state of health, a-t – he was insured the day after an accident in qualifying.
His single-seater, on the other hand, was almost disintegrated and his team preferred not to rebuild it in an emergency and thus keep spare parts for the next race in Australia from April 8 to 10.
“We have to manage our components and the parts of the car,” Schumacher said during a press briefing on the paddock of the Jeddah circuit. “It’s the second race, it’s quite tight for spare parts at this time of the year, so I suspected it would be difficult” to start the GP at 8:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. in France).
“It’s not up to me to judge safety but to the officials and the people who decide, replied the driver. But I think there will be things to examine. (…) Fortunately, the cars are so sure nowadays that I was able to get by.”
Verstappen puzzled by lack of pace in Q3
Fourth on the starting grid, Max Verstappen confided his doubts after qualifying on the Jeddah track. “It was not good,” said the world champion about his performance in Q3. “In Q1 and Q2 everything seemed normal, I felt good but then I don’t know, my first train [de pneus] in Q3 was terrible, I had no grip and honestly I don’t understand because there was really nothing weird.”
The starting grid, with Perez on pole
The Red Bull driver is ahead of the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen will start 4th, just ahead of Esteban Ocon (Alpine). Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) is 9th, far ahead of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Mick Schumacher package
After his violent crash during Q2, the Haas driver passed reassuring examinations at the hospital, but he will not be aligned on the starting grid. Haas will present with only one single-seater, that of Kevin Magnussen.
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Good morning all
After crazy qualifying, the drivers are back on the Jeddah circuit to compete in the second Grand Prix of the season. The race will start at 7 p.m. and will be followed live with commentary on the RMC Sport app.