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Formula 1: Red Bull already untouchable, Ferrari continues to disappoint


TOPS/FLOPS - The Red Bull show in Jeddah, Alpine's group shot, Ferrari's disappointment... find the tops and flops of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.


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  • Formula 1: the calendar of the season

  • Formula 1: manufacturers' classification

  • Formula 1: drivers classification

Perez and the rise of Verstappen

Untouchable Red Bull.

Pole and victory for Sergio Perez who validated an excellent weekend and restored his confidence.

The Mexican didn't really shake in Jeddah because his teammate was starting from afar.

Fifteenth on the grid, Max Verstappen made the comeback of the day, helped a little by the safety car on lap 18 caused by Lance Stroll, and finished second.

With the fastest lap, the Dutchman retains the lead in the championship for a small point against Perez.

Two races, two doubles for the Austrian cars.

Russell makes Mercedes smile

A somewhat unexpected podium for the German team.

Fourth and fifth at the finish, the Mercedes did what they could do best in Jeddah by scoring big points.

But a surprise came just after the podium with the ten-second penalty imposed on Fernando Alonso, third in the race.

This propelled George Russell to third place and therefore on the podium, his tenth career.

Alpine's group shot

Six points in the bag.

Eighth, Esteban Ocon lost a few positions compared to the one he occupied on the grid (6) but the Frenchman had a solid race and brought in four points.

Same thing for Pierre Gasly who started tenth and finished ninth in Jeddah.

The Habs had a serious race and secured a second top 10 in two races with Alpine.

Read alsoBahrain GP: Gasly “satisfied” for his first with Alpine, Ocon notes a “missed opportunity”


Ferrari continues to disappoint

No revolution in Jeddah for the Scuderia.

The Italian cars, trapped by the safety car, suffered enormously on the track on Sunday, especially on hard rubber.

Fourth on the grid, Carlos Sainz is content with a modest sixth place at the finish, just ahead of Charles Leclerc.

The Monegasque made a good comeback since he started twelfth, but that is still not enough for Ferrari, who finished more than 35 seconds behind Red Bull... Fred Vasseur has work to do.

McLaren in trouble

After a very complicated first weekend in Bahrain, McLaren did not raise its head in Jeddah.

In Saudi Arabia, Oscar Piastri was unlucky and Lando Norris not really there.

However, the young Australian had shone in qualifying with the ninth fastest time but on the first lap of the race he broke his front wing after contact with Pierre Gasly.

Ruining his entry race and imitated in stride by his teammate.

On lap 7, the two McLarens were last and ended up finishing 15th (Piastri) and 17th (Norris).

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-03-19

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