Red Bull dominant in Saudi Arabia, but with some reliability problems. It was Max Verstappen who paid the price, as he blamed the failure of the axle shaft of the right rear wheel and was excluded in Q2 before being able to set a significant time. He will start 15th on the grid and will be called upon to make a great comeback.
“The drive shaft on the rear right broke, it’s not ideal but unfortunately these things happen. The car is fast, I definitely want to get to the points, but I don’t know where we can get to. It will be important to have a clean first lap and stay out of trouble, which is not easy here. Then we will try to progress,” said Max Verstappen, who will start from fifteenth place on the grid.
“Q3 wasn’t easy. I did a good first lap, it was important to stay ahead given the problem we had in the second attempt. Too bad about Max’s problem, who was exceptional all weekend, but these problems can happen at any time. We hope to have both cars in front tomorrow,” said Sergio Perez, who took his second career pole position at Jeddah, the same circuit where he took his first last year.
“It’s been a great weekend for us so far, in Bahrain we suffered in qualifying but today we went very well. Starting from the front row is fantastic, our strong point is race pace and tire management. Red Bull is the better car, but they have shown that they can have reliability problems: we have to be ready to take advantage of them,” said Fernando Alonso, who set the third fastest time in qualifying but will start from second on the grid following the penalty to Charles Leclerc.
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