F1 Gp Saudi Arabia 2023, pole in Perez. Verstappen out in Q2

Flop of the world champion. Second time for Leclerc’s Ferrari, which however will lose 10 positions

Sergio Perez’s Red Bull conquered the pole position in the Saudi Arabian Gp with a time of 1’28″265. Second place on the track for Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari (+0″155) who however will start from 12th position, given the 10 penalty places. Third place for Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin who will therefore start second. Follows the Mercedes of George Russell and the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. Sixth for Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin followed by Estebn Ocon with Apine. The top ten is completed by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, Oscar Piatri with McLaren and Pierre Gasly with the other Alpine.

The reigning world champion Max Verstappen will start only 15th with the other Red Bull: the Dutchman ended up out in Q2 with a drive shaft problem. “Problem with the gearbox? Not the gearbox but The drive shaft broke on the right rear” Verstappen told Sky. “It’s not ideal, we’ll have to see carefully, these are things that unfortunately happen and it happened today.” “Aim for the podium? We have a good car, it’s fast, I definitely want to score points. It will be important to stay out of trouble and have a clean lap,” added the Red Bull driver.