Sergio Perez will start tomorrow’s Saudi Arabian GP from the top spot with Charles Leclerc alongside him.
Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix happened under the lights and kicked things off with drama, as Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams as he lost the rear going through the corner just minutes into the session, causing a red flag.
The session resumed with 11 minutes to go. Max Verstappen was the first driver to set a lap into the 1:29s but was quickly overtaken by a fast Charles Leclerc, who was 0.184s faster. It didn’t last long though, his teammate Carlos Sainz took the top spot with a 1:28.855.
Yuki Tsunoda was forced to pit as his team needed to check “fuel issues” per his engineer.
Lewis Hamilton struggled throughout the session and was unable to set a significant lap, placing 16th overall and being eliminated in Q1 – a surprise for many. Meanwhile, his teammate George Russell placed P4.
Qualifying 2 saw Charles Leclerc keep the top spot through the session with both Red Bull cars charging behind. Sainz placed 4th.
A dramatic crash from Mick Schumacher at turn 12 prompted the red flag with 5 minutes to go into the session, forcing everyone to cancel their laps and box. He was reported to be physically fit by his team but was flown to the hospital for further checks.
The session resumed after almost an hour of wait, and it was Ferrari’s Sainz who topped the charts with his teammate behind him, and both Red Bulls (with Sergio Perez at the lead) following in 3rd and 4th.
Both Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris were eliminated in Q2, and although it is a disappointing result, the Australian admitted on the radio it was good in terms of progress from Bahrain.
Qualifying 3 saw the Ferraris dominate throughout the session, while Max Verstappen struggled in the back and managed to only achieve fourth.
The Alpines showed a strong outing but were later pushed back by Red Bull.
A surprise for many was Sergio Perez, who managed to snatch pole from Charles Leclerc right at the end of qualifying.