Reigning world champion and F1 2023 championship leader Max Verstappen was fastest in the first free practice session for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Teammate Sergio Perez came closest to his time. The Mexican was almost half a second behind the Dutchman. The third and fourth times were set by the drivers of the Aston Martin team, Fernando Alonso was third, 0.698 seconds behind, and Lance Strol was fourth. Mercedes drivers set the fifth and sixth times. George Russell was fifth, more than a second slower, while his team rival Lewis Hamilton was another 16 thousandths slower and ended up sixth. The highest-ranked Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz, was seventh, while Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon and Yuki Tsun also finished training in the top ten.
Sergio Perez won his first best starting position in Formula One with a time of 1: 28.200 before the second race of the season in Jeddah. Charles Leclerc will start from the first starting line. He placed third ahead of Carlos Sainz ahead of Max Verstappn. Esteban Ocon and George Russell will start from the third starting line. Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen also finished in the top ten. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1507796440688599041 From the eleventh and twelfth starting places, the race will be started by McLaren racers, Norris before Ricciard. The thirteenth time was set by Guanyu Zhou. Five minutes before the end of the second half, Mick Schumacher crashed horribly into the wall in the twelfth turn and took a long break. The young German was conscious and sang
Haas racer Mick Schumacher survived a horrific accident in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and was taken away without serious injuries. The German qualified for the second part of the qualifications and chased the entrance to the last part, from where he would jump the first points in Formula 1 in the race, when he was spun in a fast lap on the edge of the 12th turn and taken to the concrete wall next to the fence. Schumacher remained conscious after the collision at a speed of around 240km / h, while his Haas VF22 race car broke in half. After a few minutes, the Haas team announced that their racer was conscious, and doctors first took him to a medical center, where they found that he did not show any serious physical injuries. In a press release, Haas wrote that Mick had already spoken to his mother, and then he was
Formula 1 teams have informed their racers that they can skip the race for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if they so wish. Friday’s free practice was overshadowed by a bomb attack about 10 kilometers away at the Aramca refinery, which has caused teams and racers to worry about their safety. Formula 1 received assurances from the local authorities that the race was completely safe, and the meeting of the racers dragged on long into the night. At a four-and-a-half-hour meeting, it was agreed that the racing weekend would go according to plan, but some racers disagreed. But some teams allowed their racers to miss the show. “You can’t force someone who doesn’t want to race to race,” explained Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack. "Otherwise we are not in this p
After Friday's free practice, which he finished in second place, Max Verstappen admitted that his team still has a lot of work to do if they want to get closer to Ferrari. The Maranello team is expected to be faster this weekend, despite the updates Red Bull brought to Jeddah. "We have productive free practice behind us. We have completed the planned program and tested different tire mixes. Ferrari looks very fast again, so we still have a lot of work to do if we want to get closer to them. But we still have a lot of room for improvement." "The changes on the track are almost imperceptible. Slightly shifted fences are not a significant improvement in visibility on the track. So before the qualifiers we have a lot of work to do if we want to fight for the best starting position."
Charles Leclrec set the fastest time of the second free practice Jedi. The latter began with a fifteen-minute delay due to a meeting with racers regarding a previous rocket attack on an oil plant. Monačan finished the training twenty minutes before the end after the collision with the protective fence. The second time was again set by Max Verstappen ahead of Carlos Sainz and Sergio Pere. Fifth and sixth place went to Mercedes, Hamilton ahead of Russell. Lando Norris was slightly better this time in seventh place. Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas and Yuki Tsunoda also finished in the top ten. In the opening minutes of training, the fastest times were set by both Ferrari racers, Leclerc tenth ahead of Sainz. After fifteen minutes, Max Verstappen took the lead with a time of 1: 30.214. All four
Although Saudi Arabia is hosting a Formula One race at the Jedi racetrack this weekend, that doesn’t stop political controversy. Thus, during the first free training near the racetrack where the F1 racers were driving, according to unofficial information, there was a terrorist rocket attack on Aramc's fuel depot. For now, Formula 1 is waiting for official data on what caused the explosion and is widespread in a refinery only about 1 kilometers away from the Formula 10 racetrack. . According to unofficial information, due to security issues, the race for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was canceled. https://twitter.com/BNONews/status/1
Charles Leclerc won his first free practice in Jeddah with a time of 1: 30.772. The winner of the opening race was 0,116 seconds faster than Max Verstappn. Unlike the Monaco, the Dutchman spent his time on the hardest version of the tires, and the Monaco on the softest. Third was Valtteri Bottas ahead of Carlos Sainz and Alfa Tauri racers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunodo. Sergio Perez was in seventh place, less than a second behind the fastest. Esteban Ocon, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso also finished in the top ten. At the start, the Haas racers finished this time. Mick Schumacher was nineteenth. However, the hero of the opening race, Kevin Magnussen, did not set a fast time due to problems with the car. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1507373074093641731
Dutchman Max Verstappen, after a double resignation for the Red Bull Racing team in Bahrain, announced that the team in Saudi Arabia will return even stronger. Verstappen struggled to win in the final laps of the race when he first began to be harassed by the steering system and then began to lose more engine power until just three laps before the end he resigned due to fuel problems. The same fate befell teammate Sergio Perez just a round before the end. “Last weekend was tough for our team,” current world champion Verstappen admitted, while the team has already discovered the reason for the resignation and eliminated it. "We are winning and losing together and this weekend we will come back even stronger. We have a good package with which we were already competitive in Bahrain, which is one of the positive things