Red Bull’s Perez takes pole for Saudi Arabian GP

Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez will begin from pole place for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix however his teammate, world champion Max Verstappen, will solely be in fifteenth after pulling up with a automobile downside throughout Saturday’s qualifying.

Perez, who additionally took pole in final 12 months’s race right here, topped the leaderboard with a greatest lap of 1 minute 28.265 seconds.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was second, 0.155sec behind Perez, however faces a 10-place grid drop, leaving Fernando Alonso to start out on the entrance row in his Aston Martin.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton might solely put up the eighth-quickest time however his teammate George Russell was fourth quickest and can begin third, alongside the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. 

Lance Stroll within the second Aston Martin and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon can be on the third row of the grid.

Verstappen, who received the opening race in Bahrain at the beginning of the month, had dominated follow, topping the board in every of the three classes. 

Nonetheless, in Q2 he reported to his group “I’ve an issue” earlier than including “it’s nearly not accelerating”.

The Dutchman pulled up and can begin on the eighth row of the grid.