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Formula 1, Sergio Perez in qualifying in Jeddah

| 26.3.22 |

Formula 1, Sergio Perez

 Sergio Perez takes pole position for the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. At the Jeddah circuit the Red Bull driver finished at 1'28" 200 ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with 25,000 and another Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Fourth Max Verstappen with another Red Bull. "What a lap, I don't think I can do it again if I try again a thousand times. We didn't expect to beat Ferrari in qualifying, we were already projected to race tomorrow." 

So the Red Bull racer after the pole position at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. "I'm happy with the laps I did, for all the qualifying I tried to keep the car on the track without making mistakes. In Q3 I gave my all and managed to put it all together, I was able to get a little bit but I didn't expect Perez to come out with this timing". These are the words of Monegasque Charles Leclerc after finishing second in qualifying at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the wheel of his Ferrari . "I feel better with the used tires, the new ones don't give me stability. At the last attempt I had no grip, I was teased by Perez and Leclerc but I was satisfied. Tomorrow I think the race will be very interesting, the strategy will also count a lot.” 

This was the expression of Carlos Sainz, the Ferrari driver at the end of qualifying.
From Sergio Perez's first time to Lewis Hamilton's meltdown, it was Mick Schumacher's horrific crash that prevented Saudi Arabia Grand Prix qualifying for an hour. In the spotlight of the Jeddah street circuit, the Haas driver's crash during Q2 on the wall terrified people for endless minutes: so loud it shattered the electronics (and didn't send the radio team off) and burst through. two cars son of art. But Schumi Jr, despite the shock, appeared to be smiling and was not even happy to be transported by helicopter (which he feared) to the hospital for a more in-depth examination. After heaving a sigh of relief, the show can be continued by fighting for the pole position. 

But already from Q1 corner no less, with a sensational sixteenth place from Mercedes Lewis Hamilton. "I didn't feel the car underneath", declared the 7-times world champion, never having been knocked out so early in qualifying for the 2017 Brazilian GP (due to an accident). With all the Mercedes engines struggling, it was George Russell who saved what could be saved with sixth place on the grid at the end of a stunning Q3. While Charles Leclerc looked forward to another day of leadership after the three free practice sessions he dominated, Sergio Perez created a waistline and conquered the first pole position of his career, 11 years after his F1 debut, by a margin of 25. thousandths of Monegasque. “Even if I try a thousand more laps,” admits the Mexican of Red Bull, thereby denying the Ferrari front row completely. 

"The lap was good, I didn't expect Perez's time", Leclerc, who was ahead of team-mate Sainz, was not to blame. "Better with old tires than new, tomorrow we will play strategy and overtake". Already, because behind the Spaniard there will be uncomfortable customers like reigning world champion Max Verstappen: "I don't have the same grip as in Q1 and Q2, but I can't wait for tomorrow", the Dutch battle promises. 

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