F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022 Live Free: Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen do battle in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix today.
Formula One heads to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia this weekend for the STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. It’s the second race of the season.
Formula One enjoyed a dramatic first race of the 2022 season in Bahrain as the Ferrari driver helped secured a one-two for his team, following Verstappen’s late retirement.
Formula 1 drivers want a specific Saudi Arabian Grand Prix circuit modification after two heavy accidents this weekend apparently caused by cars bottoming out on the same kerb.
Sergio Perez claimed his first ever Formula One pole at the 215th attempt when the Mexican upstaged Red Bull teammate and world champion Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Watch live on Foxtel and Kayo from Monday 2:30AM AEDT, race from 4AM!
Both Red Bull cars pulled up with fuel issues in the final laps, allowing Lewis Hamilton to sneak into third place in his otherwise underwhelming Mercedes.
It is Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez who starts from top spot in Jeddah, having pipped Leclerc to his first career pole for what will be his 216th race.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc joins Perez on the front row with Verstappen on the second row after qualifying in fourth behind the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz.
Saturday’s qualifying was marred by a horror crash suffered by Mick Schumacher, which ruled him out of the race, and Lewis Hamilton’s shock elimination in the opening Q1 session for the first time since 2017 – and first time on pure pace since 2009.
It was a dramatic session coming just hours after it was confirmed the weekend action would go ahead following lengthy talks overnight about racing in the aftermath of Friday’s missile strike by Yemen’s Huthi rebels on the nearby Aramco fuel plant.
“It took me a couple of races! But what a lap man, it was unbelievable!” said Perez, the first Mexican to head an F1 grid.
I could do 2,000 laps and I couldn’t beat that one! he added. Verstappen described his first lap in Q3 as terrible adding:I didn’t really feel comfortable. Checo did a great job today and I am very happy for him.
He had to go to hospital for precautionary checks. Earlier in the weekend, Formula 2 racer Cem Bolukbasi was ruled out of the support event after his own heavy crash at the same place.
F1’s 2022 generation of cars are run lower and stiffer, similar in set-up to the F2 car.
With this era of cars, with how you have to run them and how they’re designed, some kerbs throughout the year might need to change and I think this kerb is one of them, said McLaren driver Norris on Saturday evening.
It was already evident from Formula 2 because in Formula 2 you have to run the cars very low as well.
Magnussen also admitted it would be frustrating to have a potentially strong race compromised.
“Yeah, for sure, because I think this is one of my tracks and also the car is just fantastic here. I hope I can be a good shape tomorrow and I’ll just have to get all the fighting will out that I have got tomorrow in the race,” he said.
“You go a bit slower in the race, so then it helps a lot, it’s just these speeds, Turns 6 and 7 and 8 and 9, it’s just hell when you haven’t driven an F1 car for a year.”
Magnussen also said he was concerned when he came across the crashed car of Mick Schumacher in Q2, slowing down to check on his teammate.
There were two crashes and Cem was in hospital. With this type of cars, you can’t have such an aggressive kerb at such a speed that we’re running at.
Schumacher lost control over his car by running over the Turn 9 exit kerbs, which almost caused a similar shunt for Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
He thought the lack of rake on this year’s cars means it is easier to bottom out the rear end of the car over high kerbs.
“From what I remember, last year it was less of a concern just because of the way the cars were built, we had a very high rake, the rear of the car was usually quite up in the air,” he explained.
“Nowadays, the cars go pretty low, especially on this circuit. So the moment you do hit this kerb, which is quite high, the rear tyres is lose contact to the surface.
“That means that there will be a snap of some sort. And we saw that I think also from a few other drivers in Q3, where they had a close moment.