Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Takes Pole in Jeddah

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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez of Mexico celebrates pole place after the qualifying session forward of the Formula One Grand Prix on the Jeddah corniche circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The 33-year-old Mexican clinched his second successive pole on the Jeddah Street Circuit after teammate and reigning champion Verstappen encountered a driveshaft failure in Q2. The Dutchman will begin the race from P15

Sergio Perez stated his automotive “got here alive” on Saturday as he made the most of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen’s misfortune to claim his second career pole in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The 33-year-old Mexican rose to the challenge after defending double world champion Verstappen was eliminated by a driveshaft failure in Q2 after dominating all three practice sessions.He clocked a best lap in one minute 28.265 seconds to beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who faces a 10-place grid penalty, by 0.155sec in the final runs of a closely fought qualifying session.

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It was his second successive pole at the Jeddah Street Circuit.

“It was tricky in that Q3,” stated Perez. “Especially getting that second lap and nailing that lap you actually really feel the Formula One automobiles coming alive on this place so maximising that lap was actually necessary.


“It’s a disgrace for Max although as a result of he has been actually robust the entire weekend. Hopefully tomorrow we will have each automobiles up there as you by no means know with these automobiles and reliability points can hit you at any time.”

Verstappen’s car had eased to a halt in Q2, leaving him to limp home to the Red Bull pits where he retired. He will start from 15th on the grid.

“It happened without any warning and we have had no trouble before,” stated Verstappen. “It’s the primary time it’s occurred. And it’s very annoying as a result of we had been having such a superb weekend.

“It will probably be tough now to get to the entrance so we have now to focus on factors, however something is feasible at this monitor.”

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Team chief Christian Horner said Red Bull were concerned by the failure and the team would “get to the bottom of it”.


The group had modified the gearbox components in each automobiles.

He stated: “It wasn’t a priority going into the race, it was simply a part of our technique of introducing components into the pool, however one thing has clearly occurred there and we have to resolve it and perceive it and try to be certain that it doesn’t occur tomorrow.

“It’s a troublesome race right here and it’s about staying out of hassle. There’s going to be loads of motion, and loads of carnage and it ought to present an thrilling race hopefully.

“It’s an incredible alternative for Checo and it’s necessary to transform that. So, we’re going to have two completely different races occurring within the Grand Prix tomorrow.”

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