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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
Race: Podium
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
Nationality
2
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
Nationality
3
Carlos Sainz Ferrari
Nationality
4
Sergio Perez Red Bull
Nationality
Jeddah Street Circuit RACE TRACK, 27 Mar 2022
Winner
Max Verstappen
Red Bull

F1 WRAP | 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Verstappen wins in Jeddah ahead of Leclerc

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
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26 March 20:51

Sainz ends Q2 on top, followed by teammate Leclerc. Perez and Verstappen are third and fourth.

26 March 20:58

Q3, the final part of qualifying, is underway. Who will come out on top?

26 March 21:00

Leclerc is on a flyer and starts off with a strong first sector.

26 March 21:02

Sainz puts it on provisional pole, just 0.044sec ahead of Leclerc!

26 March 21:05

Verstappen had a torrid lap and goes sixth fastest for the moment.

26 March 21:06

Sainz and Leclerc are out on track for their outlaps before attempting their final runs.

26 March 21:12

Sergio Perez takes pole for tomorrow's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!

26 March 21:12

This pole is the first of the Mexican driver's F1 career. Tonight the Red Bull garage will celebrate!

26 March 21:13

Thank you for joining us, we'll see you tomorrow for the race.

27 March 19:01

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

27 March 19:05

Lap 2/50: Perez keeps first place while teammate Verstappen goes from fourth to third. Leclerc is second and Sainz in fourth.

27 March 19:11

Lap 5/50: Perez leads Leclerc by 1.9 seconds.

27 March 19:12

Alpine teammates Alonso and Ocon always came close to touching, but they're keeping clean this time around.

27 March 19:14

Lap 7/50: Alonso passes Ocon going into Turn 1, but Ocon is not too keen on letting his teammate pass. They almost touched.

27 March 19:18

Ocon passed Alonso again going into Turn 1, but goes too deep and gains the position going off track. He gave the position back but is already attempting a next attempt.

27 March 19:18

Lap 9/50: While the two Alpines are battling for position, Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and Magnussen (Haas) are on their tails.

27 March 19:19

Hamilton passes Lance Stroll for 12th place. The Mercedes driver started the race in 15th place.

27 March 19:23

Lap 13/50: Hamilton passes Norris for 11th place. The Mercedes driver is on the Hard tyre and this tyre seems to have come alive.

27 March 19:25

Alpine informs Ocon not to race Alonso. The team had to make the call and prevent the two from coming to blows on track.

27 March 19:26

Lap 15/50: Hamilton passes Gasly for 10th place.

27 March 19:28

Lap 16/50: Perez pits and rejoins the race behind Mercedes' George Russell.

27 March 19:30

Latifi puts his Williams into the wall. It brings out the safety car.

27 March 19:32

Lap 17/50: Leclerc leads the race, followed by Verstappen, Perez, and Sainz.

27 March 19:42

Lap 21/50: The race resumes and Leclerc leads from Verstappen and Sainz. Perez, who was third, relinquished the position to Sainz after breaking track rules.

27 March 19:44

Lewis Hamilton is now up to seventh place, but he did not pit yet. He could be losing positions later in the race.

27 March 19:46

Lap 24/50: Hamilton passes Magnussen for 6th place, but the Haas driver comes back to regain the position.

27 March 19:51

Lap 27/50: The gap between Leclerc and Verstappen is 1.4 seconds.

27 March 19:54

Lap 30/50: The top four drivers are in a class of their own, with Mercedes a further 11 seconds behind. And dropping.

27 March 20:01

Lap 34/50: Leclerc sets the fastest lap of the race so far, but Verstappen is close behind.

27 March 20:05

Lap 36/50: Alonso's race comes to an end after suffering a loss of power.

27 March 20:07

Lap 38/50: Ricciardo's McLaren also stutters to an end after suffering 'no drive'. He has no power to his disposal.

27 March 20:10

Virtual safety car while marshals remove the stricken McLaren and Alpine.

27 March 20:12

Ten laps remaining.

27 March 20:18

Lap 44/50: Verstappen locks up going into the final corner, flat-spotting his tyres and losing time.

27 March 20:21

Five laps remaining: The gap between Leclerc and Verstappen under 0.5 seconds.

27 March 20:22

Lap 47/50: Verstappen passes Leclerc for first place.

27 March 20:26

Lap 49/50: Verstappen and Leclerc are lining up for a final push.

27 March 20:27

Final lap: Verstappen leads Leclerc over the start/finish line.

27 March 20:30

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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:31.772
1:24:19.293
50
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:31.703
0.549
50
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:32.665
8.097
50
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:33.160
10.800
50
5
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:35.208
32.732
50
6
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:34.439
56.017
50
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:34.754
56.124
50
8
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:34.192
62.946
50
9
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:32.829
64.308
50
10
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:35.855
73.948
50
11
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:34.701
82.215
50
12
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:35.820
91.742
50
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:38.205
1 LAP
49
DNS
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
0
R
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
RETIRED
35 LAPS
14
R
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
RETIRED
14 LAPS
35
R
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
RETIRED
14 LAPS
35
R
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
RETIRED
13 LAPS
36
R
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
RETIRED
2 LAPS
47

27 Mar

Well then, two races and two epic battles for the win between Leclerc and Verstappen. What a fantastic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that was! It is a free weekend coming up now before Formula 1 makes its return to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix. Wi

27 Mar

Completing the finishing order, Zhou is P11 and Hulkenberg P12.

27 Mar

Magnussen has been noted for failing to slow under the yellows.

27 Mar

Perez takes P4, Russell P5, Ocon wins out in a drag race to the line with Norris, clinching P6 while it is P7 for Norris. Gasly finishes P8, Magnussen P9 and Hamilton grabs a point for P10.

27 Mar

Leclerc takes the fastest lap for a bonus point, while Sainz makes it a double-podium finish for Ferrari.

27 Mar

Verstappen holds on though to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!

27 Mar

Verstappen thinks Leclerc went too fast in the yellow-flag zone.

27 Mar

Leclerc again can't attack into Turn 1, we are on the last lap!

27 Mar

The stewards will investigate that crash after the race.

27 Mar

Albon dived down the inside of Stroll at Turn 1, terminally damaging his Williams, Stroll has carried on.

27 Mar

The yellow flags are out in the first sector, that saved Verstappen from an attack down the straight.

27 Mar

He can't make the gains on Verstappen down the straight though of the likes we saw when the positions were reversed.

27 Mar

Now, it is Leclerc's turn!

27 Mar

He holds back at the final turn, so that down the main straight he can pass Leclerc with DRS. Leclerc cuts the corner at Turn 2, but Verstappen leads!

27 Mar

Verstappen has a good run here!

27 Mar

Sainz and Perez are out of the equation, it is between Verstappen and Leclerc here in this battle for the win.

27 Mar

Stroll and Hamilton meanwhile are having a scrap for the final points-paying spot. Stroll holds off Hamilton.

27 Mar

Here we go again! Verstappen has a look into the final corner, but both drivers lock up, Leclerc retains P1 at the end of the straight, but down the straight Verstappen says Leclerc crossed the pit entry line again.

27 Mar

Verstappen takes the lead! But Leclerc fights back to regain P1 at Turn 1.

27 Mar

Different track, but we have another Verstappen-Leclerc scrap for the lead incoming.

27 Mar

But here we go, Verstappen has closed right up on Leclerc!

27 Mar

It is P12 for Hamilton, he has another nine laps to get back into the points.

27 Mar

Hamilton now finally can come in for mediums, a slightly slow stop. He drops out of the top 10.

27 Mar

Alonso's Alpine is cleared, the VSC has ended.

27 Mar

The pit lane is still closed, so Hamilton has to do another lap. If the VSC is removed this lap then Hamilton will lose out.

27 Mar

The stricken cars of Ricciardo and Alonso have been pushed into the pit lane.

27 Mar

Hamilton wanted to come in, but the confirmation from his team came too late so he had to carry on, he knows all too well the damage of entering the pit lane when closed.

27 Mar

Virtual Safety Car, but now Alonso has stopped further down the pit entry from Ricciardo.

27 Mar

Magnussen is making his stop, he switches to the mediums. Hulkenberg does the same, but the pit entry has closed, did he make it in time?

27 Mar

Bottas is in the pits, he is being retired too!

27 Mar

He can't make it to the pits, he has pulled up at the start of the entry, another Safety Car here maybe?

27 Mar

And now Ricciardo is in trouble! He is crawling into the pit lane.

27 Mar

He lost power down the straight, "cool the car" an alarm on the steering wheel reads.

27 Mar

Bottas is in for a second stop, but there are huge concerns at Alpine, Alonso has slowed!

27 Mar

Perez loses over a second by going deep at Turn 1 and over the run-off. He is just under three seconds behind Sainz now.

27 Mar

Alonso gets that move done into Turn 1.

27 Mar

Alonso fancies taking P7 from Magnussen who is still yet to stop for a tyre change.

27 Mar

Red Bull tell Verstappen to keep it "sensible" in the high speed, they want to let Leclerc use up his tyre life. Verstappen has closed to 1.6s behind the leader.

27 Mar

Hulkenberg also has not stopped, the team tell him that this stint is about going as long as he can and hoping for another Safety Car. He has slipped back to P14.

27 Mar

No further investigation needed on Sainz-Perez, the stewards are happy with how the teams resolved that one.

27 Mar

"Tyres are still okay," says Hamilton. We never thought we would see the day where Hamilton was happy with his tyres, but here we are.

27 Mar

A drive-through penalty now for Zhou for not serving that five-second penalty. When he stopped, there was an issue with the front jack, so they had to switch it, which may have led to the confusion and the missed stop.

27 Mar

A mid-race reminder you can join F1 Gamer for a live Saudi Arabia GP watchalong right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSSjkWzfM64

27 Mar

Verstappen says Leclerc crossed the pit-entry line, that is one to monitor. Zhou is being investigated for failing to serve his penalty.

27 Mar

This time, it is Hamilton who makes the move at Turn 1, he learnt Magnussen's strategy quickly and is rewarded with P6.

27 Mar

Hamilton passes Magnussen at the final corner, but Magnussen uses DRS to fight back and regain the place at Turn 1.

27 Mar

It will be interesting to see how Magnussen and Hamilton get on from here, neither having stopped yet.

27 Mar

Perez has conceded the place to Sainz, which promotes Sainz to the podium positions.

27 Mar

Leclerc times the restart perfectly, Russell passes Magnussen for P5, Hamilton is a major gainer and up to P7.

27 Mar

Sainz won't get his way before the restart, the Safety Car is coming in.

27 Mar

The stewards are looking into it, Sainz says he should be ahead of Perez as he feels he reached the Safety Car line first.

27 Mar

Sainz complains that Perez pushed him off as he exited the pits and the pair drove to the SC line.

27 Mar

Everyone is on the hard tyre now.

27 Mar

The leaders have pitted, Perez is down to P3, how unlucky! Leclerc now leads ahead of Verstappen.

27 Mar

Safety Car, this is a huge blow for Perez!

27 Mar

Yellow flag, for the second day running Latifi is in the wall.

27 Mar

Perez pits, Ferrari were out too but Leclerc carries on.

27 Mar

"That was badly managed," Ocon tells Alpine. It is hard to argue.

27 Mar

No further investigation into that Ocon-Alonso incident at Turn 1.

27 Mar

Bottas is through at Turn 1 and up to P7, that maybe was not a great call from Alpine. Stroll pits for hard tyres, as does Albon.

27 Mar

Alpine step in now, telling Ocon to hold position. The problem with that is that Bottas has now closed right up.

27 Mar

Zhou has a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

27 Mar

Hamilton makes a pass there on Norris, which to be fair, Norris did not fight. Hamilton is up to P11 now as the Alpines scrap again - Ocon grows more familiar still with the run-off.

27 Mar

Now a Turn 2 incident between Zhou and Albon is being looked at.

27 Mar

No investigation necessary say the stewards for that Norris-Magnussen incident. Magnussen is now having a go at Bottas, but he can not make the move stick at Turn 1.

27 Mar

Ferrari tell Leclerc that their tyre degradation appears to be better than Red Bull's. He is just over two seconds behind Perez.

27 Mar

The incident has been noted, but Ocon returns the place, putting himself under pressure from Bottas.

27 Mar

Alpine are at it again, but Ocon will surely have to give that place back having cut the run-off. Of course, Race Control this year are expecting the teams, or team in this case, to sort out these issues themselves.

27 Mar

Verstappen is being a good citizen and points out that the lights on the back of Leclerc's Ferrari are not working.

27 Mar

Ocon was determined not to yield there, but Alonso is aggressive into Turn 1, holding firm into Turn 2 and making sure that Ocon ran out of road.

27 Mar

Alonso has another go with DRS, Ocon defends and retains the place. Alonso definitely seems to be the faster Alpine right now.

27 Mar

Very, very close to contact there between the two Alpines, Ocon moved lines very late into the Turn 1 braking zone. Gasly has put himself back in the top 10 at Norris' expense.

27 Mar

The stewards have noted a Turn 4 incident between Norris and Magnussen from the opening lap. Hamilton meanwhile is all over Ricciardo looking to take P13.

27 Mar

Russell is making moves, he takes P5 from Ocon at the final corner.

27 Mar

Zhou it seems had problems with anti-stall kicking in again there at the start, he has dropped to P17 ahead of only Latifi.

27 Mar

Norris takes Gasly around the outside of Turn 1, completing the move into Turn 2 as he moves into the top 10.

27 Mar

Hamilton has gained a place by passing Albon, this time with no contact.

27 Mar

Great start from Perez who retains the lead, Verstappen has passed Sainz.

27 Mar

It is medium tyres for the top four. In fact, only Magnussen, Hamilton and Hulkenberg are on the hard tyre.

27 Mar

The formation lap begins. The soft tyre, as expected, has not been taken by any driver for the start.

27 Mar

How glorious the Jeddah Corniche Circuit looks under the lights. 50 laps await.

27 Mar

Interesting that Red Bull principal Christian Horner is reporting that to his knowledge, a loss of oil pressure was the cause for Tsunoda's DNS.

27 Mar

Norris starts P11, Zhou P12, Stroll P13, Ricciardo P14, Hamilton P15, Albon P16, Hulkenberg P17 and Latifi P18.

27 Mar

Just to run you through the full starting grid, starting with the top 10, Perez goes from pole, Leclerc P2, Sainz P3, Verstappen P4, Ocon P5, Russell P6, Alonso P7, Bottas P8, Gasly P9 and Magnussen P10.

27 Mar

15 minutes to go then before we get proceedings underway in Saudi Arabia, so it is time to sort out your second-screen experience. Luckily, we have the perfect suggestion for that, as you can watchalong live with F1 Gamer via the link: https://www.youtube

27 Mar

Daniel Ricciardo starts one place ahead of Hamilton having picked up a three-place grid drop, that coming after blocking Esteban Ocon during qualifying.

27 Mar

At this rate, Lewis Hamilton could even have hope of a strong result. It was a dismal qualifying display from the Mercedes driver who suffered a shock Q1 elimination. He was considering a pit-lane start so that changes could be made to his W13, but that d

27 Mar

"It looks like something in the drivetrain," reports AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost. Another engine problem is exactly what Red Bull would not have wanted. The pain of Bahrain will still be fresh, are Red Bull in danger of further problems here?

27 Mar

That means we are down to 18 cars then for the race start. Mick Schumacher was ruled out yesterday following his huge crash during Q2. Of course, we all were just glad that he escaped that accident with no injuries.

27 Mar

"Yuki, that's the end." A DNS is looming then for Tsunoda to cap off a nightmare Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for him.

27 Mar

But we do not have good news from AlphaTauri. "Problem! Lost engine lost engine," says Yuki Tsunoda over the radio. Poor Yuki's race weekend has been ravaged by reliability issues and it seems Sunday has not brought a change of luck. He has stopped in the

27 Mar

The pit lane is open and we bring good news from the Ferrari camp - what turned out to be an issue with the wiring loom on Sainz's car has now been fixed.

27 Mar

As for the remainder of that Red Bull-Ferrari equation, Charles Leclerc starts P2 for Ferrari, while directly behind him in P4 will be Verstappen in the Red Bull. Another epic battle like Bahrain please between those two.

27 Mar

Red Bull's Sergio Perez will lead them away, the Mexican upsetting the odds in qualifying to claim the first pole position of his career.

27 Mar

Sainz is set to start the race at the head of the second row in P3.

27 Mar

So Ferrari confirm that a problem has been found on Sainz's car and repair work is ongoing.

27 Mar

There is some work going on in the Ferrari garage with Carlos Sainz's F1-75. Time is on the Scuderia's side for now, but this is one to monitor as the Saudi Arabian GP draws closer.

27 Mar

Hello everyone and welcome, the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is nearly here! We have one hour of build-up coming your way before lights out. All times are local.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:28.200
-
20
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:28.225
0.025
22
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:28.402
0.202
23
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:28.461
0.261
22
5
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:29.068
0.868
19
6
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:29.104
0.904
21
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:29.147
0.947
20
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.183
0.983
22
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:29.254
1.054
22
10
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:29.588
1.388
24
11
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:29.651
16
12
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.819
17
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:31.009
15
14
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:29.773
17
15
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:30.343
11
16
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
1:30.492
9
17
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:30.543
10
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:31.817
4
19
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
2
20
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:29.920
13
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:28.855
-
6
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:28.928
0.073
7
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:29.039
0.184
6
4
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:29.680
0.825
9
5
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.683
0.828
7
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:29.705
0.850
7
7
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:29.831
0.976
9
8
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:29.891
1.036
7
9
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:29.957
1.102
9
10
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.978
1.123
11
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:29.978
1.123
7
12
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:30.009
1.154
9
13
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:30.093
1.238
7
14
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:30.167
1.312
8
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:30.256
1.401
9
16
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:30.343
1.488
11
17
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
1:30.492
1.637
9
18
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:30.543
1.688
10
19
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:31.817
2.962
4
20
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
2

26 Mar

So, Hamilton is out in Q1, which just sounds so strange to say, along with Albon, Hulkenberg, Latifi and Tsunoda. Hamilton apologises to his Mercedes team. He was six-tenths slower than Russell!

26 Mar

Incredible, Hamilton improved to P15, but Stroll found time also to escape the drop and eliminate the seven-time World Champion.

26 Mar

Hamilton is out in Q1!

26 Mar

This is incredible, Gasly pushes Hamilton into the elimination zone, Hamilton fails to improve. "Can't seem to improve man," he confirms. He has another attempt coming up.

26 Mar

The stewards meanwhile have noted an unsafe release involving Ricciardo and Magnussen.

26 Mar

So, that likely means Tsunoda joins Latifi in Q1 elimination. Albon, Hulkenberg and Gasly are also in danger.

26 Mar

AlphaTauri tell Tsunoda that it is a "fuel" issue. That probably just spiked Red Bull's attention considering what went down in Bahrain.

26 Mar

A fantastic effort there from Russell who boots Perez from P4, but Hamilton is all the way down in P13 despite both Mercedes drivers now being on the softs.

26 Mar

But what a response from Ferrari! Sainz takes us into the 1:28s, Leclerc slots into P2.

26 Mar

Verstappen raises the stakes, a 1:29.3.

26 Mar

"We need to box Yuki," says his AlphaTauri engineer. There is an "issue" with his AT03. Sadly it is not the first reliability interruption of his race weekend.

26 Mar

Swift work from the marshals, Q1 is back underway.

26 Mar

Hamilton was very surprised when informed of his current pace deficit to Russell. "Seven-tenths off in Sector 1?" Over the whole lap, he has 1.9 seconds to gain.

26 Mar

A silver lining is that the FW44 is right next to an escape road, so the truck should hopefully have it removed very soon.

26 Mar

"I don't know how the rear just let go there," says Latifi as he walks away from his damaged Williams at Turn 13. Fortunately for Latifi, he clipped the first barrier which took away a lot of the speed before he went into the second one.

26 Mar

Red flag, just as the Ferraris were about to shoot to the top. Nicholas Latifi is in the barriers.

26 Mar

Those mediums did not want to bite at all there for Hamilton, that lap is over after plenty of slipping and sliding through the first four corners.

26 Mar

Both Ferraris have gone straight out, Red Bull are staying put in the garage for the time being. Mercedes are running the medium tyres while everyone else is on softs.

26 Mar

There's the green light, Q1 is underway. The slowest five drivers will be eliminated in this session.

26 Mar

But now it is time to find out where they all truly stand, Q1 under the lights here in Jeddah is just minutes away!

26 Mar

Presuming Mercedes are indeed midfield competitors here in qualifying, FP3 suggested that this region of the pack is going to be very congested throughout the qualifying sessions.

26 Mar

Mercedes meanwhile look to be in trouble. Team boss Toto Wolff did not want to put their one-second deficit in FP3 down to the power unit, saying drag was more to blame. But whatever the cause, neither Lewis Hamilton nor George Russell made it into the to

26 Mar

Like Bahrain then, it seems that a Leclerc-Verstappen shootout for pole is on the cards. Of course, Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari and Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez will fancy getting in on the action. They formed the top four in FP3, al

26 Mar

Red Bull's Max Verstappen though arguably goes into qualifying as favourite for pole. He was on to set the pace in FP3 before a wide moment and a rough ride over the kerb ruined that lap.

26 Mar

It is advantage Ferrari heading into qualifying after Charles Leclerc topped all three practice sessions.

26 Mar

Welcome back everyone to Saudi Arabia, qualifying is almost upon us! We have 30 minutes of build-up on the way before the light goes green for Q1. All times are local.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:28.686
-
15
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:28.780
0.094
14
3
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:28.924
0.238
13
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:28.945
0.259
14
5
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:29.295
0.609
14
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.404
0.718
15
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:29.418
0.732
15
8
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:29.546
0.860
18
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:29.584
0.898
14
10
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:29.618
0.932
16
11
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:29.651
0.965
16
12
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:29.773
1.087
17
13
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.819
1.133
17
14
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:29.920
1.234
13
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:31.009
2.323
15

26 Mar

Both McLarens miss out on Q3. Zhou, Schumacher and Stroll join Norris and Ricciardo in Q2 elimination.

26 Mar

Sainz goes to the top of the timings.

26 Mar

Russell, despite now being on the softs, can not improve on P7.

26 Mar

Norris stays P8 for now after his final push lap.

26 Mar

So after a delay closing in on one hour, Q2 is green again. Just under five minutes remain.

26 Mar

We will get going again tonight. The session will resume in five minutes.

26 Mar

While not confirming anything, Steiner says it is likely that Schumacher will not be taking part in the race on Sunday here in Saudi Arabia.

26 Mar

Brilliant news, Haas boss Guenther Steiner confirms that Mick has "no injuries what you can see". He has indeed gone to the hospital for a precautionary scan.

26 Mar

Sky F1 are now reporting that Mick appears to be "physically fine", he has spoken to his mum and will likely go to the hospital for a precautionary scan.

26 Mar

Just a note on Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri confirm that his Q1 issues came as a result of a "cooling system issue".

26 Mar

The Safety Car is out to give the track an inspection.

26 Mar

CANAL+ are reporting that Franck Montagny has talked to the FIA doctor, who said that Mick is feeling okay and is on his feet. Fantastic news.

26 Mar

The session of course remains red-flagged, with all focus on Schumacher and making sure he is okay.

26 Mar

The ambulance has now reached the medical centre.

26 Mar

The rear-end of the car just fell off as the VF-22 is lifted. The survival cell did its job.

26 Mar

Marshals are now sweeping up the mass of debris as the wreckage of the Haas is attached to the crane.

26 Mar

Haas report that Schumacher is out of the car and on his way to the medical centre. Our thoughts are with him as we pray that there are no serious injuries.

26 Mar

Worried and concerned faces in the Haas garage understandably. The ambulance is now with him. We hear, thankfully, that he is talking to the doctors and conscious.

26 Mar

The medical car is on the scene now, Schumacher is still in the cockpit.

26 Mar

Schumacher lost control of the VF-22 and hit the wall at Turn 12 at approaching 170mph. There was no tyre barrier there.

26 Mar

He has not attempted to exit the cockpit yet, we hope to see some movement very soon.

26 Mar

Red flags are of course out.

26 Mar

A major shunt for Schumacher!

26 Mar

So, it is Ocon, Stroll, Magnussen, Ricciardo and Zhou who need to improve to make Q3.

26 Mar

The stewards have noted a potential Ricciardo block on Ocon at Turn 7. That looked like a slam-dunk penalty.

26 Mar

Verstappen takes over P3. The top three are covered by 0.062s, but the Red Bulls were on new softs rather than used.

26 Mar

P3 for Sainz, so a very solid effort there from Perez who is only 0.041s adrift of Leclerc.

26 Mar

Russell is on the medium tyre and goes P2, seven-tenths down on Leclerc which is not a bad time from the Brit at all. The drivers are battling to finish in the top 10 and progress to Q3.

26 Mar

Leclerc is straight into the 1:28s with a 1:28.8, which he set on used soft tyres. A fantastic time from Leclerc.

26 Mar

Well, while the shock of Q1 lingers, we must move on to Q2. The light is green.
Qualifying 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:28.200
-
20
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:28.225
0.025
22
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:28.402
0.202
23
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:28.461
0.261
22
5
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:29.068
0.868
19
6
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:29.104
0.904
21
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:29.147
0.947
20
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.183
0.983
22
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:29.254
1.054
22
10
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:29.588
1.388
24

26 Mar

Well, an exciting Saudi Arabian Grand Prix certainly awaits, with both Red Bulls and Ferraris in the mix. Join us tomorrow to see how that battle plays out as the winner of the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is crowned.

26 Mar

Ricciardo remember has an unsafe release and a blocking investigation going on, so he could well still drop down the order, while Schumacher is a doubt for the race after that huge Q2 shunt.

26 Mar

The remainder of the provisional starting grid then, Norris is P11, Ricciardo P12, Zhou P13, Schumacher P14, Stroll P15, Hamilton P16, Albon P17, Hulkenberg P18, Latifi P19 and Tsunoda P20.

26 Mar

Leclerc will join Perez on the first row, with Sainz and Verstappen forming row two. Ocon will start a sensational P5, pulling off quite the save there on his final lap after the rear stepped out big time. Russell claims P6, Alonso P7, Bottas P8, Gasly P

26 Mar

"Hard work always pays off." Too right Sergio, his first career pole, the first Mexican driver on pole.

26 Mar

Verstappen can't stop his team-mate, he is only P4. Sergio Perez is on pole for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!

26 Mar

Perez! Perez is on provisional pole.

26 Mar

He's done it, Leclerc is back on provisional pole, Sainz can not respond.

26 Mar

Leclerc has gone purple in the first two sectors.

26 Mar

Bottas just loves P6, he is back in his familiar place, which bumps Alonso down another spot.

26 Mar

Russell takes advantage of the quiet track to split the Alpines and go P5.

26 Mar

"I have zero grip on this *bleep* tyre," Verstappen reports. He needs to find some!

26 Mar

It is only P6 for Verstappen. He is behind the Alpines after that first run.

26 Mar

Perez goes P3, but he is only 0.15s down on Sainz. Leclerc is P2 as it stands.

26 Mar

It is advantage Sainz who is on for his first career pole, clocking a 1:28.402. But, what can Verstappen do?

26 Mar

Verstappen is going for a second preparation lap. Leclerc is pushing as he shoots past the Dutchman.

26 Mar

Right then, it has been a long night here in Jeddah, but it is Q3 time! Who will take pole for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.772
-
17
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:30.888
0.116
24
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.084
0.312
22
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:31.139
0.367
14
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:31.317
0.545
28
6
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:31.505
0.733
26
7
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:32.134
0.791
25
8
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:32.026
1.254
26
9
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:32.364
1.592
20
10
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:32.381
1.609
23
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:32.506
1.734
24
12
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:32.582
1.810
23
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:32.594
1.822
24
14
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.608
1.836
26
15
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:32.839
2.067
19
16
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:33.034
2.262
23
17
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
1:33.087
2.315
25
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:34.134
2.757
26
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:34.429
3.657
22
20
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
2

25 Mar

That's the end of the weekend's first practice and it's good news for Ferrari fans as Charles Leclerc follows his race win and goes fastest. Verstappen is in second while Valtteri Bottas came third. Thanks for following and be sure to join us again for

25 Mar

And that's the chequered flag! Leclerc ends quickest, Verstappen in second and Bottas third.

25 Mar

Charles Leclerc goes quickest with a time of 1:30.772 while Bottas is in third.

25 Mar

Verstappen has been complaining to his engineer of a burning smell but Gianpiero Lambiase informs him it is not his car.

25 Mar

Approaching the final 10 minutes of the session and it is Verstappen top, Gasly second and Leclerc third.

25 Mar

The wind seems to be a real issue with Verstappen becoming the latest to drive off the track.

25 Mar

Mercedes look to still be struggling porpoising as a bouncing Hamilton slows down.

25 Mar

Charles Leclerc goes off the track but avoids a wall as Verstappen continues to top the timesheet.

25 Mar

The track is clear as is the red flag so the drivers will be back out shortly.

25 Mar

It turns out the man responsible was in fact Ricciardo's team-mate, Lando Norris.

25 Mar

Red flag! Polystyrene is all over the track at Turn 1 and Daniel Ricciardo informs us that a marker board had come loose and should be removed. However, no one listened to the Australian's advice in time and presumably someone has hit it.

25 Mar

It's bad news for Haas as Magnussen's car suffered a hydraulic leak and will likely need a change of radiator.

25 Mar

It's the two Red Bulls leading the way with Verstappen top on 1:31.885.

25 Mar

And now Gasly locks up in the same spot.

25 Mar

Haas look to be having an issue as Kevin Magnussen returns to the pits.

25 Mar

Both Bottas and Verstappen benefitting from one of the track walls being pushed back as they drive off track.

25 Mar

The Alfa Romeos have joined Alpine.

25 Mar

And we have the first cars out on track with Alpine heading round the circuit.

25 Mar

A couple teams looking for a strong start to their weekend will be McLaren and Red Bull. McLaren will be hoping to have solved their performance issues in Bahrain while Red Bull will want to prove their reliability issues are over.

25 Mar

Hello and welcome to the first practice of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The cars will out on track in just under 10 minutes.

25 Mar

We will have all the build-up from 1630 local time, with the first green light of the weekend coming up at 1700.

25 Mar

Welcome to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for round two of the 2022 F1 World Championship, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.074
-
15
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:30.214
0.140
23
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:30.320
0.246
12
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:30.360
0.286
24
5
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:31.579
0.439
24
6
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:30.664
0.590
29
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:30.735
0.661
26
8
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:30.760
0.686
26
9
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.832
0.758
14
10
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:30.886
0.812
26
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:30.944
0.870
27
12
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:30.963
0.889
29
13
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:31.169
1.095
27
14
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:31.372
1.298
28
15
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:31.527
1.453
23
16
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:31.615
1.541
30
17
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.615
1.541
27
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:31.814
1.740
26
19
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
1:31.866
1.792
29
20
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:32.344
2.270
13

25 Mar

So, Friday belonged to Ferrari here in Saudi Arabia, but Verstappen lost his soft-tyre run in FP2 due to the yellow flags. So, it looks close again between Leclerc and Verstappen. It would seem that the race weekend is carrying on despite the nearby missi

25 Mar

Missing out on the top 10 is Alonso in P11, Gasly P12, Schumacher P13, Stroll P14, Ricciardo P15, Hulkenberg P16, Zhou P17, Latifi P18, Albon P19 and Magnussen P20.

25 Mar

It is Perez P4, Hamilton P5, Russell P6, Norris P7, Ocon P8, Bottas P9 and Tsunoda P10.

25 Mar

So, Leclerc tops FP2, but the repair job now going on at Ferrari for both cars takes most of the shine off that. Verstappen ends the session P2, with Sainz P3.

25 Mar

"Trouble trouble," says Tsunoda with urgency over the radio, he is told to switch off the engine. It looked and sounded like a big failure. That is FP2 over anyway.

25 Mar

Sainz picked up damage also Ferrari confirm, which explains why he did not head back out there.

25 Mar

14 laps in and Latifi tells Williams that his rear tyres are done, a one-stopper looks out of the question then.

25 Mar

Four minutes remain in FP2.

25 Mar

A more promising session for McLaren with Norris up in P7, 0.661s off P1. Fingers crossed that their front-brake issues are now under control.

25 Mar

There is a big crack on the steering arm, so that will be session over for Leclerc. Very important race simulation laps lost.

25 Mar

The left-front on Leclerc's Ferrari is definitely out of line, there could well be some suspension damage.

25 Mar

Bit of a heart-in-mouth moment there for Alonso who just about stops his Alpine from spinning. Sainz meanwhile brushes the wall exiting Turn 13 and it is a harder hit for Leclerc at Turn 4. Leclerc believes the F1-75 is damaged and is crawling back to the

25 Mar

Fortunately, the stricken Haas is quickly removed so the Virtual Safety Car period can end, the track is back to green.

25 Mar

Magnussen had asked if it was okay to push, he got the all-clear, but now has pulled up and is getting out of the car. A nightmare Friday so far for the Haas driver who had his FP1 wrecked by hydraulic issues. It looks like going over a kerb shut the VF-2

25 Mar

Hamilton seems to have solved his power issue as he shoots up to P5, four-tenths down on Leclerc.

25 Mar

A real traffic jam there heading into the final corner as drivers prepare for their push laps. A McLaren got held up big time.

25 Mar

Hamilton is told to move to "strat two" after complaining of a loss of power.

25 Mar

"Pretty hardcore the bouncing," reports Russell. It seems his pace gain came at the price of comfort then.

25 Mar

It is a 1:30.074 for Leclerc who goes back into P1, but he was held up there by an AlphaTauri.

25 Mar

Russell finds eight-tenths on his next run, but Leclerc looks set to up the pace here.

25 Mar

Russell on the soft rubber pops up to P8, 1.2s off Verstappen's P1 time.

25 Mar

The engine covers are coming off Latifi's Williams as the mechanics go to work in the garage, it is unclear as to whether an issue has cropped up.

25 Mar

Verstappen now takes over P1 with a 1:30.214, a measly 0.002s is the gap back to Leclerc.

25 Mar

So it is Leclerc back on top early on for Ferrari with Sainz in P2, followed by the Red Bulls, led by Verstappen in P3. The medium is the tyre of choice for most drivers out there.

25 Mar

Hamilton is back in the pits now and out of the car as the second seat gets put into place.

25 Mar

A seat change won't help Hamilton there though as he gets held up significantly by Nicholas Latifi. The stewards may be having a word with Latifi and Williams for that.

25 Mar

"I need the spare seat that's higher," says Hamilton. From the onboards, it is clear that while the track modifications have helped, visibility is still not great.

25 Mar

Hamilton reports "a lot of bouncing" in the W13, so Mercedes' tweaks are yet to pay off.

25 Mar

Reports state that following the alleged missile strike, another meeting will be held after FP2 to review the situation further.

25 Mar

Alpine released Esteban Ocon into the path of Lando Norris, there could be a reprimand at the least coming there.

25 Mar

The green light shines to get FP2 underway.

25 Mar

Hamilton is getting strapped into the W13, with similar scenes throughout the pit lane, so it seems that the drivers are indeed comfortable heading out there.

25 Mar

Confirmation has arrived that the session will indeed start at 2015 local time.

25 Mar

So five minutes until the delayed FP2 session is set to get underway.

25 Mar

There is certainly a subdued feeling around the paddock, completely understandable, considering the clear safety risk posed by this nearby alleged missile attack.

25 Mar

So, it goes without saying that there are extreme off-track issues to deal with here. The start of FP2 has been delayed by 15 minutes.

25 Mar

The team bosses and drivers are now leaving the meeting.

25 Mar

You may have heard about a nearby fire, there is a cloud of smoke in the sky visible from the track, but there are no announced impacts on this FP2 session yet. Reports are claiming it to be an attack on the Aramco facilities, Aramco of course a global pa

25 Mar

As for the midfielders who could spring a surprise this weekend, Alfa Romeo look right in the mix again. Valtteri Bottas ended FP1 in P3, three-tenths off the pace of Leclerc. With the Jeddah Corniche Circuit now under the floodlights for FP2, we will see

25 Mar

If Mercedes want to join the conversation, then there is a lot of work to do in FP2. The W13 appeared to still be suffering badly from 'porpoising', while the pace was not there either. Lewis Hamilton was P9 in the opening practice session, 1.6s off the p

25 Mar

We could well be looking at the same duo slugging it out again for the win this weekend, with Carlos Sainz over at Ferrari and Red Bull's Sergio Perez looking to join the conversation. Both have deficits to their respective team-mates to address though, S

25 Mar

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was free to pick up where he left off then, topping FP1 with a buffer of 0.116s over Verstappen, though that benchmark was set on the soft rubber.

25 Mar

Looking to bounce back after the events of Bahrain, Red Bull's Max Verstappen started the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend with a P2 finish in the opening practice session, but that was done without moving away from the hard tyre.

25 Mar

Hello all, welcome back to Saudi Arabia, it is time to begin the build-up to Practice 2 which is coming your way in around 30 minutes. All times are local.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:29.879
-
23
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:29.768
0.033
12
3
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:29.833
0.098
16
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:30.009
0.274
22
5
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.030
0.295
22
6
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:30.139
0.404
16
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:30.148
0.413
11
8
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:30.262
0.527
18
9
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:30.296
0.561
17
10
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:30.415
0.680
19
11
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:30.707
0.972
17
12
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:30.765
1.030
17
13
Nationality
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.946
1.211
20
14
Nationality
George Russell
Mercedes
1:30.983
1.248
15
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:31.067
1.332
18
16
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:31.186
1.451
16
17
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Williams
1:31.374
1.639
16
18
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
1:31.424
1.689
18
19
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:31.529
1.794
17
20
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:31.992
2.257
13

26 Mar

So, practice belongs to Ferrari, but Verstappen definitely has more pace to come. As for Mercedes, could they even be at risk of failing to make Q3? What a fascinating qualifying we have coming up here in Saudi Arabia, so make sure to join us for that as

26 Mar

Outside of the top 10, Hamilton ends FP3 a disappointing P11, Schumacher P12, Zhou P13, Russell P14, Stroll P15, Ricciardo P16, Albon P17, Hulkenberg P18, Norris P19 and Latifi P20.

26 Mar

Sainz is P4, Bottas P5, Ocon P6, Gasly P7, Magnussen P8, Alonso P9 and Tsunoda P10.

26 Mar

So, Leclerc left it until the very end to snatch P1. Verstappen ends the session P2 with Perez P3.

26 Mar

Sainz had mentioned on Friday that porpoising had been an issue in places for him, and judging by that onboard, he was right. That is something to keep an eye on in qualy.

26 Mar

The chequered flag is out and Leclerc has made it a practice clean sweep, he goes to the top of the FP3 timings with a late lap, 0.033s up on Verstappen.

26 Mar

A very strong effort from Ocon who improves to P6. P1 down to P8 is covered by less than half a second.

26 Mar

Purple in Sector 1 for Sainz, but he can not trouble the Red Bulls or better his team-mate. P4 for the Spaniard, 0.241s off Verstappen's pace.

26 Mar

A tenth shy of Verstappen there for Leclerc. A very strong lap meanwhile for Magnussen who goes P6. Hamilton can not break into the top 10.

26 Mar

Perez goes P2, but now Leclerc is on a strong lap.

26 Mar

What is clear as Verstappen's efforts ramp up - that qualifying crash here last year has not triggered any sort of caution.

26 Mar

Verstappen was three-tenths up on his own time there, but he goes well wide at Turn 22, a hefty clunk over the kerbs. It drew a smile from Adrian Newey on the Red Bull pit wall at least. Latifi meanwhile has grazed the wall.

26 Mar

Bottas is looking very competitive in P2, but Verstappen is looking to stretch his advantage further.

26 Mar

As for Hamilton in the other Mercedes, his latest push lap on the softs can not lift him any higher than P9, the gap to Verstappen stands at a second.

26 Mar

Zhou is urged to calm down by Alfa Romeo, he is not happy as Russell goes off and returns to the track, appearing to be getting out of Zhou's way. There didn't appear to be anything dangerous in that, but it has been an eventful few minutes for Russell.

26 Mar

Russell seemed to cut over the pit exit line there as he returned to the track, we will wait to see if the stewards note that.

26 Mar

Gasly has been told to keep his helmet and gear on, so AlphaTauri believe they can get him back out there again with 19 minutes remaining.

26 Mar

Fortunately, the pit exit was not blocked, so the session has continued.

26 Mar

The mechanics aren't allowed to come to retrieve the stricken AlphaTauri, so Gasly is pushing it back himself!

26 Mar

"Problem with the driveshaft," reports Gasly, who is asking if he should drive away from the pit exit or stop. He is told to stop.

26 Mar

Perez nearly did a Leclerc there at Turn 4, it seems he did brush that inside wall, but there are no clear signs of damage.

26 Mar

Now Verstappen is upping the pace. Into the 1:29s he takes us, clocking a 1:29.768 to take P1 from Leclerc.

26 Mar

Gasly has just shot up to P2, missing out on Leclerc's benchmark by only 0.009s, so it would suggest that neither Ferrari nor Red Bull are showing their hand yet.

26 Mar

At last, Verstappen manages to deliver a clean flying lap on the soft rubber. It only takes him P4 though. Perhaps the engine is still on cruise mode.

26 Mar

DRS open down the straight, now Verstappen is on the attack.

26 Mar

Verstappen has opted for a second out-lap before he goes for it. Perez meanwhile shoots up to P2 to split the Ferraris.

26 Mar

Magnussen's first timed lap puts him P10 as he works his way into the session.

26 Mar

We are heading towards the halfway point in the session, only the Ferraris and Norris are in the garage.

26 Mar

George Russell in the other Mercedes completes his lap, but it is good enough for only P11. Red Bull's Sergio Perez goes P4 behind Valtteri Bottas.

26 Mar

Hamilton was on a strong flying lap with the soft tyres, but went well wide at Turn 16 and is forced to abandon the lap.

26 Mar

Ferrari have upped the pace again though, Leclerc is on top now with a 1:30.139, Sainz falls 0.184s short of that.

26 Mar

Norris shaves off a couple of tenths with his next push lap.

26 Mar

McLaren's Lando Norris is 1.5s off the pace after that flying lap on the softs.

26 Mar

Very little to choose between the Ferrari duo early on, P1 for Carlos Sainz on a 1:31.011, with Leclerc slotting into P2, 0.041s down, both times set on the softs.

26 Mar

Here goes Leclerc on a push lap with the softs. He gave that inside wall at Turn 4 a little bit of space there following the whack he gave it in FP2, which ended his session early.

26 Mar

A very difficult practice start for Mick Schumacher there who found the Haas going into anti-stall twice.

26 Mar

Hamilton is out there early on the hard tyre.

26 Mar

For now though, the light goes green to begin the final hour of practice ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

26 Mar

There is a stiff breeze again here in Jeddah as the sun still shines. By the time we get to qualifying of course, we will be under the lights.

26 Mar

Haas' Kevin Magnussen meanwhile is just desperate for an uninterrupted session here in FP3, having been restricted to only two installation laps in FP1 due to a hydraulic leak, while he came to a stop out on-track in the second session.

26 Mar

Despite the smoother track surface here in Jeddah, Mercedes were still suffering badly from 'porpoising' on Friday, the W13 also unable to match the pace of Leclerc and Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton has just over four-tenths to find based on Friday's timings

26 Mar

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was runner-up in FP1 and FP2, but he did not use the soft tyre in the opening session, while his push on the softs in FP2 was ruined by yellow flags. So, there is plenty more to come from the Dutchman.

26 Mar

So, let's switch to the on-track business. It was advantage Ferrari on Friday after Charles Leclerc topped both sessions.

26 Mar

The team bosses unanimously decided to race on, but the drivers did not return a verdict so swiftly. Instead, their meeting ran on for over four hours, not all drivers seemingly comfortable going racing. But ultimately, the drivers too would decide to rac

26 Mar

After a missile attack on Friday around nine miles away from the circuit, the start of FP2 was delayed by 15 minutes but did go ahead after a meeting with drivers and team bosses. Further talks were held after the session which turned into a discussion th

26 Mar

Hello and welcome back to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. It has been a chaotic affair off-track so far, but now we can return our focus to the racing with FP3 set to begin in around 30 minutes. All times are local.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Race Track
Race Date:

27 Mar

Length:
6.174km
Lap Record:
Lewis Hamilton (2021) - 1:30.734
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
2
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
3
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
4
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
5
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
6
George Russell
Mercedes
7
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
8
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing
9
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
10
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
11
Lando Norris
McLaren
12
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing
13
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
14
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
15
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
16
Alexander Albon
Williams
17
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin
18
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
19
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
20
Mick Schumacher
Haas
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

28 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

04 Sep

Netherlands Grand Prix

03:00 PM

11 Sep

Italian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
258
2
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
178
3
Sergio Perez Red Bull
173
4
George Russell Mercedes
158
5
Carlos Sainz Ferrari
156
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Red Bull
431
2
Ferrari
334
3
Mercedes
304
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

20 Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix
1. Charles Leclerc 2. Carlos Sainz 3. Lewis Hamilton

27 Mar

Saudi Arabian Grand...
1. Max Verstappen 2. Charles Leclerc 3. Carlos Sainz