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‘Czech’ Perez takes pole position at the Arabian GP: Alonso starts second…and Verstappen 14th!



Sergio ‘Czech’ Perez of Mexico will start first at the Saudi Grand Prix this Sunday.

he Saudi Grand Prix of formula 1 This Sunday starts with Latino: Mexican Sergio ‘Czech’ Perez.

The Aztec pilot was the fastest in qualifying in Jeddah today. It was a big surprise when multi-champion Max Verstappen was eliminated in the second quarter and started 15th.

Red Bull’s Perez has scored the second ‘pole’ of his F1 career after completing a 6,174m track on the Red Sea coast in one minute. With a time of 265/1000 in 28.28 seconds, he was 155 shorter than Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) of Monaco, who lost his 10th place on the grid due to sanctions, making his third appearance in qualifying at the Double Worlds in Asturias. There were 465 behind him than the champion.

Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso he shines again with his new team, continuing to “shorten” the difference with the Energizer overlords.

Leclerc’s penalty, which starts in 11th place this Sunday, was due to having already changed the control unit of his SF23 twice, meaning that every driver who qualified behind him would move up one place on the grid. I mean Sainz started fourth from the second row, behind Englishman George Russell (Mercedes). 3rd in the starting formation.

Alonso’s new teammate, Canadian Lance Stroll, will start from row three to fifth alongside Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine). Behind them is seven-time British world champion Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton Australian newcomer Oscar Piastri (McLaren).

France’s Pierre Gasly (Alpine) and Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) do it from the fifth row of the grid, ninth and tenth respectively.

Czech Perez: ‘It was important to maximize the lap’

“It was important to get the most out of the lap,” commented the 33-year-old ‘Czech’ as ​​soon as he stepped out of the first qualifying car to start last year, finishing fourth. The guards entered the track at a bad time for him and crushed the race.

Mexican says it’s ‘disappointing’ what happened to his partner Dutchman Max Verstappen – World Cup leader and three-time defending champion – broke a bearing and was eliminated in the second quarter this Saturday the second round of qualifying.

“It’s a shame because we’ve been very strong all weekend,” said the intrepid driver from Guadalajara, who is aiming for his fifth F1 win this Sunday.

“We hope to have both cars in front tomorrow,” said Czech, who has scored 27 F1 podiums.

Source: Biobiochile

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