Perez on pole for Saudi Arabian GP

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 18: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 18, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202303180461 // Usage for editorial use only //

Sergio Perez put his Red Bull on pole position for the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after his teammate, Max Verstappen, suffered a drive shaft issue leaving him down in 15th for the start of Sunday’s race.

This left an opening for both Ferrari and Aston Martin to get on the front row and as fate would have it, both of them did. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in P2 but will serve a 10-space grid penalty leaving Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso to move up to the front row in P2.

A glimmer of hope for Mercedes as George Russell put his car in P4 and he also will start ahead of his teammate, Lewis Hamilton who had a lap time deleted for crossing the white line leaving him down in 8th.

Qualifying Results:

1Sergio PérezRed Bull1m29.244s1m28.635s1m28.265s
2Charles LeclercFerrari1m29.376s1m28s1m28.42s
3Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1m29.298s1m28.757s1m28.73s
4George RussellMercedes1m29.592s1m29.132s1m28.857s
5Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m29.411s1m28.957s1m28.931s
6Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m29.335s1m28.962s1m28.945s
7Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m29.707s1m29.255s1m29.078s
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m29.689s1m29.374s1m29.223s
9Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1m29.706s1m29.378s1m29.243s
10Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1m29.89s1m29.411s1m29.357s
11Nico HülkenbergHaas-Ferrari1m29.547s1m29.451s
12Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m29.654s1m29.461s
13Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m29.744s1m29.517s
14Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m29.929s1m29.668s
15Max VerstappenRed Bull1m28.761s1m49.953s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1m29.939s
17Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m29.994s
18Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1m30.244s
19Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m30.447s
20Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes2m08.51s
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