Perez takes stunning pole for Saudi Arabian GP

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 25: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 25, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202203250493 // Usage for editorial use only //

After a scary crash from Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher and a 57 minute delay to qualifying, it looked like it was going to be a battle between the Red Bulls and Ferraris and it was. 

With Lewis Hamilton struggling to get the balance in his car, the team were left with George Russell to challenge for Q3 but the stunning issue for Mercedes was, George was the only Mercedes-powered car in the top 10. 

In the waning laps of Q3, it looked like it was going to be a Ferrari 1, 2 as Max Verstappen struggled to get the grip he needed but in the end, it was the Red Bull that snatched pole from Ferrari’s hands…except it wasn’t Max’s Red Bull, it was Sergio Perez’s Red Bull!

The first pole position for a Mexican driver in F1 history and his first-ever pole in F1, Perez pipped the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz leaving Max struggling in 4th. It was a stunning lap and it left Ferrari with open mouths. 

Saudi Arabian GP Qualifying Results:

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Sergio PérezRed Bull1m29.705s1m28.924s1m28.2s
2Charles LeclercFerrari1m29.039s1m28.78s1m28.225s
3Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m28.855s1m28.686s1m28.402s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1m28.928s1m28.945s1m28.461s
5Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m30.093s1m29.584s1m29.068s
6George RussellMercedes1m29.68s1m29.618s1m29.104s
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m29.978s1m29.295s1m29.147s
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m29.683s1m29.404s1m29.183s
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m29.891s1m29.418s1m29.254s
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m29.831s1m29.546s1m29.588s
11Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m29.957s1m29.651s
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m30.009s1m29.773s
13Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m29.978s1m29.819s
14Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m30.167s1m29.92s
15Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m30.256s1m31.009s
16Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m30.343s
17Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m30.492s
18Nico HülkenbergAston Martin-Mercedes1m30.543s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m31.817s
20Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull
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Sergio Perez

You say it’s the first pole for a Mexican but what about Ricardo Rodriguez in 1969 for Ferrari in the Mexican Grand Prix? is that one not counted?

Fabio

Not according to Wikipedia. RR was only in F1 for two years, 1961-62.
Are you thinking of someone else?