Formula 1 Saudi Arabia: Verstappen loses pole in the wall

Arabian nights in Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton takes the debut pole at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but benefits from the cockiness of his World Cup rival Max Verstappen.

On the way to the best time, the flying Dutchman touched the wall with a lead of four tenths of a second (!) In the last corner after a blocked left front wheel and had to park his Red Bull.

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Thanks to his first timed lap, Verstappen will start from third behind Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Sunday. Verstappen: “We showed how fast we are. Then my rear slipped away. Third place is disappointing, but the car is fast.”

For Mercedes star Hamilton it is the fifth pole position in 2021 and the 103rd in his career. The Brit: “A tough track, very technical, very complex. It will be a tough battle tomorrow.”

For Lewis Hamilton it is the fifth pole position in 2021.

Incidentally, shortly before qualifying, he received his second of three possible warnings for the handicap of Nikita Mazepin (Haas) and AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly in the third free practice session. In the third “Reprimand” there is a starting place penalty of ten places. Mercedes also has to pay 25,000 euros. For disregarding the double yellow, Hamilton, on the other hand, went unpunished. Red Bull has appealed.

In addition to Verstappen, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will start from fourth in Jeddah. The second Red Bull driver Sergio Perez took fifth place ahead of Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Lando Norris (McLaren) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).

Serious defeat for Aston Martin: Both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll are eliminated in the first qualifying segment in positions 17 and 18. “Oh man,” Vettel radioed on his run-off lap. For Stroll it is the fourth time in the last five races that he does not make it into Q2. Vettel had last survived at least the first knockout round seven times in a row.

“Overall, we are too slow,” the Aston Martin star sums up, “it was difficult for us to get the tires into the window. Maybe it’s just the track that doesn’t suit us. There wasn’t any traffic on my last lap either helped. “
Only Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin in the two Haas Ferraris are even worse. Schumi junior is annoyed: “I forgot to press DRS, it cost me a tenth of a second.” After all: the two German pilots defeated their respective teammates.

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After third place in Qatar, Alpine star Fernando Alonso only ended up in 13th place.His Spanish compatriot Carlos Sainz intercepts his Ferrari with an acrobatic act just before it hits the barrier, but then only comes in 15th with a defective rear wing.

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes 1: 27.511 min.
2. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes +0.111 sec.
3. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +0.142
4. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +0.543
5. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +0.612
6. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +0.614
7. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +0.669
8. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +0.931
9. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +1.136
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo +1.243
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren 1: 28.668
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 1: 28.885
13. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 1: 28.920
14. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams 1: 29.054
15. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari 1: 53.652
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1: 29,177
17. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 1: 29.198
18. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1: 29.368
19. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas 1: 29.464
20. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas 1: 30,473

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