Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates his pole position in qualifying parc ferme.
27.03.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, Qualifying Day.
Photo credit should read: XPB/Press Association Images.

Max Verstappen picks up gauntlet with victory in Saudi Arabia

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen signalled his intent not to give up his world championship without a fight this season.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates his pole position in qualifying parc ferme.
27.03.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, Qualifying Day.
Photo credit should read: XPB/Press Association Images.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen signalled his intent not to give up his world championship without a fight this season.

Verstappen led home the field in Jeddah, followed by Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari, who retains the WDC lead.

Verstappen pips Ferraris

Ferrari were quick once again and were rewarded with another double podium as Carlos Sainz jr round out the top three.

Polesitter Sergio Perez followed after ensuring the two leading teams locked out the top four.

Mercedes’ George Russell outperformed teammate Lewis Hamilton for the first time, coming home in fifth while his compatriot fought his way back from an awful qualifying session to claim a single point in tenth.

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT501:24:19.2930
216Charles LeclercFERRARI50+0.549s0
355Carlos SainzFERRARI50+8.097s0
411Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT50+10.800s0
563George RussellMERCEDES50+32.732s0
631Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT50+56.017s0
74Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES50+56.124s0
810Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT50+62.946s0
920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI50+64.308s0
1044Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES50+73.948s0
1124Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI50+82.215s0
1227Nico HulkenbergASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES50+91.742s0
1318Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES49+1 lap0
1423Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES47DNF0
NC77Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI36DNF0
NC14Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT35DNF0
NC3Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES35DNF0
NC6Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES14DNS0
NC22Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT0DNF0
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* Provisional results. Note – Leclerc scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.