Follow latest updates from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Sergio Perez starts on pole for the first time in his F1 career. The Mexican put together an impeccible lap around the tight streets of Jeddah in Q3 to put himself on the front of the grid, where he will have the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in his mirrors starting second and third.
Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen begins fourth, with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon a very creditable fifth and Mercedes’ George Russell sixth. Lewis Hamilton starts the race 15th after a disastrous qualifying saw him struggle and exit at Q1.
Meanwhile a Saudi GP marshal has been removed after saying on Twitter he hoped seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered an accident similar to Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain in 2020. A spokesman for Formula One’s governing body said the unnamed marshal, writing in Arabic, would play no further part in the race weekend in Jeddah.
Mick Schumacher suffered a high-speed crash during qualifying and was airlifted to hospital, and the 23-year-old will not participate despite being given a positive assessment after medical checks. Follow all the latest updates from Saudi Arabia below.
Verstappen brings home superb win for Red Bull
That was an absolutely enthralling race for the line between Verstappen and Leclerc. The Dutchman eventually chose his moment perfectly and Leclerc just didn’t have enough life in the tyres to overtake again.
The world champion is off and running for 2022.
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:30
Max Verstappen wins the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!
That’s it, Verstappen wins! What a breathless finale!
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:28
Verstappen keeps the lead!
LAP 50/50: Leclerc is a few too many car lengths behind and can’t try to make a pass for the lead!
Surely this is Verstappen’s win now?
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:27
Leclerc trying to find a way through
LAP 49/50: Charles Leclerc has one more chance to regain the lead.
Can he do into Turn 1 one final time? Let’s find out…
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:26
Verstappen takes the lead!
LAP 46/50: Max Verstappen takes the lead!
The Dutchman finally manages to make the move stick by being patient into the final corner, allowing Leclerc to keep the lead before following him as closely as possible and using DRS to make the pass.
He covers Leclerc off into Turn 1 and scampers away. Can the Ferrari man come back now?
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:23
Leclerc and Verstappen lock up
LAP 44/50: Both Leclerc and Verstappen suffer massive lock-ups into the final corner! Smoke billows from both sets of front tyres and the drivers try to avoid making contact.
Leclerc plays it brilliantly, managing the traction on exit and maintaining the lead again. What a drive from him so far.
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:18
Verstappen takes the lead but Leclerc fights back!
LAP 43/50: Leclerc allows Verstappen to overtake into the final corner and then uses DRS to regain the lead!
This is sensational racing from the pair and Leclerc is using the exact same tactic he employed to win in Bahrain.
We could be in for a thrilling final few laps now…
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:17
Verstappen putting Leclerc udner huge pressure
LAP 42/50: Off the restart Max Verstappen has bunched right up behind Charles Leclerc and is putting enormous pressure on the Ferrari man for the lead.
The Dutchman is within DRS range and will surely try to overtake into Turn 1…
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:16
Hamilton into the pits for first time
LAP 41/50: The virtual safety car period is over and Lewis Hamilton has finally come into the pits for his first stop of the race.
The Mercedes man was in sixth-place, but is now back down to 12th.
He is on medium tyres unlike the majority of those ahead of him, and will try to make up as much ground as he can between now and the end.
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:15
Virtual safety car is out!
LAP 38/50: Daniel Ricciardo’s car is being pushed through the pitlane by marshals, while Fernando Alonso has come to a stop at the very beginning of the lane too.
Nobody else can come into the pits while the entry is being blocked by both cars.
Dan Austin27 March 2022 19:09
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