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Formula 1, GP qualifying in Saudi Arabia: pole for Perez

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In Jeddah, the Red Bull driver will start ahead of Alonso and Russell. Sainz will start from 4th place, Leclerc finished second but the control unit change penalty demoted him ten places to 12th. Verstappen withdrew due to technical problems. The live race tomorrow at 6pm on Sky Sport F1, Sky Sport Uno, in 4K and streaming on NOW

Sergio Perez will start from pole position with Red Bull in the Saudi Arabian GP, ​​the second round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship. The Mexican, who set a time of 1.28.265, will have Fernando Alonso at his side on the front row , with Aston Martin. Charles Leclerc finished second with Ferrari but the penalty for changing the control unit dropped him ten positions to 12th. Second row for George Russell with Mercedes and Carlos Sainz with Ferrari. Third row for Lance Stroll with the second Aston Martin and Esteban Ocon with the Alpine. The live race tomorrow at 6pm on Sky Sport F1, Sky Sport Uno, in 4K and streaming on NOW

The starting grid

Leclerc scored a time only one and a half tenths higher than Perez, while Alonso was more than four tenths late and Sainz more than six. The late Lewis Hamilton, almost a second away in his Mercedes, will start from the fourth row with Oscar Piastri (McLaren). Fifth row for Pierre Gasly (Alpine) and Nico Huelkenberg (Haas)

Verstappen withdraws from qualifying

Technical problems with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during qualifying. After setting the best time in Q1, the Dutchman reported having an engine problem and returned to the pits to retire. So tomorrow the World Cup leaders will start from 15th place. “These things happen – the driver commented – we have a good, fast car and I want to be in the points again. It will be important to stay out of trouble at the start, but I don’t know what that led to. ” to the game”.

Leclerc: “We have to keep pushing”

After qualifying, Leclerc expressed caution: “The Red Bulls are from another planet and we are suffering a little bit, but we have to keep pushing – he started – Tomorrow will not be easy, but we will try to come back sooner The race pace is very good for us, but it’s hard to compare ourselves to the others, also because everyone seems very close”.

Sainz: “The goal is the podium, we will do everything we can”

Sainz admitted that he did not qualify well “but in the race – he announced into the microphones of Sky Sports – we can try the comeback. I think I’m doing better fighting with Aston Martin and Mercedes. The goal is the podium, we’re going to do everything we can. Victory? The Red Bulls with Perez and Verstappen, even though they start from the back, have an advantage.”

Source: TG 24 Sky

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