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 drawback throughout Saturday’s qualifying.

Perez, who additionally took pole in final yr’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 begin on the entrance row in his Aston Martin.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton may solely submit 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 will probably be on the third row of the grid.

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

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

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