Polo for Sergio Pérez!
Pole position goes to Sergio Pérez! The Mexican from Red Bull snatches pole from the nose of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. This is the first of his career. Max Verstappen is fourth. Great performance by Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 5th in these qualifying rounds. Pierre Gasly will start in ninth position on the starting grid. These ratings were marked by the Big crash for Mick Schumacher in Q2 and the elimination of Lewis Hamilton in Q1, the first since 2017.
Q3: Provisional pole continues for Sainz
Ferraris still dominate these ratings. Pérez is currently 3rd behind Leclerc and ahead of Ocon, author of a good 4th time.
Q3: Verstappen in trouble
The Dutch world champion on his Red Bull only signs the 6th fastest time. There are still 5 minutes left.
Q3: The fastest Sainz… so far
The provisional pole is held by Carlos Sainz who is ahead of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc. Third provisional time for Sergio Pérez.
Let’s go for Q3, who has the pole?
The top ten drivers in these classifications enter the track for the final explanation. He’s been gone for 12 minutes.
Lando Norris, 11th in qualifying, on Canal+: “It was much better than Bahrain but I’m annoyed that we should have been in Q3. I was a bit annoyed by the traffic.”
And the five drivers eliminated in Q2 are…
… Norris (11th time), Ricciardo (12th), Zhou (13th), Schumacher (14th) and Stroll (15th). Ninth in time before he fell, Schumacher was unable to avoid elimination. The two Frenchmen Gasly and Ocon will compete in Q3, they are respectively 7th and 9th.
Here we go again for the second trimester
There are less than 4 minutes left for all 14 drivers to qualify for Q3.
No injuries for Mick Schumacher
Good news for Mick Schumacher. After passing through the medical center, the German pilot suffered no injuries despite his heavy fall. However, he was taken to Jeddah hospital as a precautionary measure.
Resuming in five minutes
Qualifying will resume after a break of almost an hour. The second trimester should resume at 9:40 p.m.
Q2 has not yet resumed
We are still waiting for signs of recovery for this Q2, interrupted for more than 45 minutes with the crash of Mick Schumacher.
Mick Schumacher News
Mick Schumacher is in good physical condition, announces Haas. According to Canal +, he was able to exchange with his mother, Corinnna. Michael Schumacher’s son goes to the hospital for a CT scan.
The impressive images of the Mick Schumacher accident
“He was up, he’s doing very well,” reports Canal +.
Will the second trimester resume soon?
There will then be 4”58 left for the drivers to finish this Q2. As a reminder, Charles Leclerc has a great time. The five drivers who have been eliminated so far are Zhou Guanyu (11th in the standings), Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon.
Hamilton: ‘I can’t wait to get home’
Lewis Hamilton, eliminated in Q1, to the Canal+ microphone: “I didn’t have a rear axle so I suffered in the corners. I can’t wait to get home.”
Schumacher’s Haas evacuated
Split in two, Schumacher’s Haas is evacuated. Debris on the road is swept away.
Mick Schumacher is aware
Haas announces that Mick Schumacher is conscious. He got out of his car and talks to the doctor. The German pilot will undergo medical examinations at the hospital.
Q2: Schumacher’s very big accident, red flag!
Great fall of the German Mick Schumacher who lost control of his car in curve n ° 12. Red flag. We hope the Haas driver is okay. According to Canal+, Schumacher would have removed his helmet himself and would discuss it with the doctor. This is the second time these ratings have been discontinued. Canadian Nicholas Latifi also went off track in Q1.
Q2: The five pilots in danger are…
… Zhou, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Stroll, and Ocon. There are 6 minutes left to change the game.
P2: Ocon in trouble
Blocked by Ricciardo, the Frenchman from Alpine managed only the 13th provisional time. Infuriating.
Q2: Leclerc already in front
The Ferrari driver is already the fastest in one lap with 1’28”883. Second time for Russell (Mercedes).
Let’s go for Q2
Without Lewis Hamilton, the 15 drivers have 15 minutes to finish in the top 10 and earn their ticket to Q3.
Thunderbolt, Hamilton eliminated in Q1!
Incredible, Lewis Hamilton is eliminated in Q1! The Briton only achieved the 16th fastest time. Albon (17), Hülkenberg (18), Latifi (19) and Tsunoda (20) are also eliminated. The best time is due to Carlos Sainz in his Ferrari. The last time Lewis Hamilton was eliminated in Q1 was in 2017 in Brazil. On the French side, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon achieved times 8 and 13.
Q1: Hamilton eliminated?
The seven-time world champion has the 16th provisional time, he is currently eliminated from this Q1.
Q1: Hamilton in the tough
The Mercedes driver only has the 14th provisional time of this Q1. He is in danger.
Q1: Concerns about Tsunoda
The Japanese had to return to the pits after problems with his Alpha Tauri.
Q1: Sainz’s provisional best time
Authors of the two best times, Sainz and Leclerc already place the Ferrari at the top of the classification. Verstappen is third.
Q1: pilots will leave
After a break of a few minutes after Latifi crashed, Q1 will resume.
Q1: Great exit of Latifi from the track, red flag
Canadian Nicholas Latifi loses control of his Williams and goes off the track. Red flag!
Q1: the reference time for Magnussen
At the wheel of his Haas, Dane Kevin Magnussen completed the first lap in 1’30”425.
Let’s qualify with Q1!
The 20 pilots have 18 minutes to warm up the clock. The five worst times will be eliminated.
Race commissioner fired for threatening tweet against Hamilton
Several drivers reluctant to participate in the Saudi Arabian GP after the explosion
If the celebration of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix continues on Sunday (7:00 p.m.), a very long crisis meeting took place on Friday afternoon until late at night to discuss the situation after the attack on an oil field near Jeddah . circuit. According to some media, six drivers, including Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly, were reluctant to enter the race.
Why the Saudi Arabian GP will take place despite the attacks and reluctance of the drivers
After lengthy negotiations and discussions that continued late into the night, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix should go well this weekend. A continuation of the race despite several attacks in the country, including an explosion that took place in an oil factory about twenty kilometers from the Jeddah circuit. On the paddock side, opinions were more mixed regarding this second Grand Prix of the season. But on Saturday, the drivers’ association (GPDA) confirmed, through its president Alex Wurz, that after a “stressful” day, final testing, qualifying and the race will take place this weekend.
F1 and the FIA reconfirm their stay at the Saudi Arabian GP
Following the attack on an oil site near the Jeddah circuit by Yemeni Houthi rebels, Formula 1 promoter and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) reconfirmed on Saturday the maintenance of the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. “After discussions with all teams and drivers, the Saudi Arabian Formula 1 Grand Prix will go ahead as planned,” officials said in a statement.