F1 Saudi Arabian GP: Verstappen takes pole

Max Verstappen achieved his 34th pole position of his career this Friday (8) in qualifying at the Saudi Arabian GP.

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As a result, the three-time champion will start from the front in Saturday’s race after recording 1m27s412 in his best lap, with a 0s3 advantage over second place, Charles Leclerc. The Dutchman’s colleague at RBR, Sergio PĂ©rez secured third place on the starting grid.

Max already came from pole position last week, at the Bahrain GP. This, however, is the first time that the Dutchman will start from the position of honor in the race at the Jeddah Circuit, which he won on a single occasion in the 2022 season.

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Furthermore, the three-time champion dominated all segments of the classification, although the advantage over the second best laps was small, below 0s1. Ferrari remained close, with Leclerc among the three fastest throughout the session.

F1 2024’s newest rookie, Oliver Bearman participated in his first qualifying by replacing Carlos Sainz at Ferrari, after the Spaniard underwent an appendectomy. The 18-year-old Brit managed to advance to Q2 0.8 seconds behind his new colleague, Leclerc. However, he took 11th place on the grid by a difference of just 0s036.

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