2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Qualifying: Sergio Perez does it again
It was a deja vu Saturday for Sergio Perez, as he scored his second consecutive pole position in Jeddah, followed by Charles Leclerc in P2 and Fernando Alonso in P3.
Q1: Logan Sargeant was the one who lost the most in the first leg of the session, as everything went wrong for the young American. He had his first lap deleted for track limits, then spun at T22 during his second run, which led to yet another mistake, that came with damage, leaving the 22-year old out of the session. Eliminated in Q1: Yuki Tsunoda (P16), Alex Albon (P17), Nyck de Vries (P18), Lando Norris (P19) and Logan Sargeant (NC).
Q2: Max Verstappen had a rather unlucky afternoon, as he wasn't able to complete the session, after a driveshaft issue forced the Dutchman to stop. Eliminated in Q2: Nico Hulkenberg (P11), Zhou Guanyu (P12), Kevin Magnussen (P13), Valtteri Bottas (P14) and Verstappen (P15).
Sergio Perez topped the timesheets by logging a 1:28.265 around Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia, followed by Charles Leclerc in second place and Fernando Alonso in P3. Given the fact that Charles Leclerc has a 10-place grid penalty, this is a really good opportunity for Alonso to regain the top spot of the podium on Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
George Russell finished 4th, followed by Carlos Sainz in P5 and Lance Stroll in P6. Completing the top 10, Esteban Ocon in P7, Lewis Hamilton in P8, Oscar Piastri in P9 and Pierre Gasly in P10.