Formula 1 News: After a dramatic duel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Saudi Arabian GP on Sunday. This was the second round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship.
On the run to Turn 1, Perez maintained his pole position ahead of Leclerc. Verstappen passed Sainz around the outside of Turn 2, with George Russell (Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), and Pierre Gasly completing the top five (AlphaTauri). After a rocky qualifying session, Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton moved up to 14th at the end of the first lap.
By Lap 10, Perez had a 2.3-second lead over Leclerc, with Verstappen a further 2 seconds back. Hamilton, who started on hards, battled his way up to 12th place before passing Lando Norris‘ McLaren and Gasly on lap 15 to break into the top 10.
Formula 1 News: Results of the second round of F1 race at Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull: 1:24:19.293 (25 points)
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari: +0.549s (19 points)
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari: +8.097s (15 points)
- Sergio Pérez, Red Bull: +10.800s (12 points)
- George Russell, Mercedes: +32.732s (10 points)
- Esteban Ocon, Alpine: +56.017s (8 points)
- Lando Norris, McLaren: +56.124s (6 points)
- Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri: +62.946s (4 points)
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas: +64.308s (2 points)
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes: +73.948s (1 point)
On Lap 12, Ocon and Alonso engaged in another turf fight, after which Ocon was directed to “keep position”. That didn’t work out, as Bottas overtook Ocon for the seventh-place during the first turn.
On Lap 16, Perez pitted for hard tires as Ferrari faked to call in Leclerc. Nicholas Latifi slammed his Williams into the fence shortly after stopping, forcing a virtual and then a complete safety car. Leclerc, Verstappen, and Sainz all pitted for hards. And, Perez came very near to Sainz on the pit exit and fed back into the pack in third.
At the safety car line, Sainz was ahead of Perez. But, the positions were not swapped before the restart on Lap 20, but shortly after. At Turn 1, Russell passed Magnussen for fifth place. Hamilton moved up to eighth place behind Magnussen after not pitting yet.
Formula 1 News: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix- Results and Overview; Max Verstappen wins the second race of the season at Jeddah
On Lap 35, Alonso DRS-ed past Magnussen for eighth, but Magnussen passed him as Fernando slowed. Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren came to a halt at the pit entry. And, Bottas was forced to retire from a points-paying position. Magnussen pitted for mediums. But, Hamilton was unable to do so because the pits were shut down and a virtual safety car was deployed.
On Lap 41, the race went green again, and Verstappen was right behind Leclerc, passing him into the final corner on Lap 42, but Leclerc DRS-ed past into Turn 1. On the next lap, both locked up in an attempt to make the other lose DRS.
With four circuits remaining, Verstappen didn’t fall for Leclerc backing off at the end of Lap 46 and DRS-ed past him into Turn 1.
On Lap 48, Alex Albon collided with Lance Stroll at Turn 1, just as the lead seemed to change again. Starting the final lap with DRS, Leclerc couldn’t find a way around, and Verstappen clung on for a fantastic Formula 1 victory by 0.549s.
Sainz finished third, ahead of Perez, Russell, Ocon, Norris, Gasly, Magnussen, and Hamilton, who were all unlucky. Several of them are being investigated for going beneath yellows too rapidly at the end.
Mick Schumacher was unable to compete due to his qualifying incident, and Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri suffered a loss of oil pressure during his installation lap to the grid.