F1 2021 Saudi Arabian GP Qualifying Results – Hamilton grabs pole as Verstappen crashes

    Lewis Hamilton claimed a fortunate pole position at the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP as Max Verstappen crashed at the end of qualifying


    Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton took a crucial pole position ahead of the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver set a time of 1.27.511, a tenth ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen qualified third with the Dutchman looking good for pole until he crashed at the circuit’s final turn.

    Red Bull will now have to hope that the impact incurred by Verstappen‘s RB16B wasn’t serious enough to warrant a gearbox change, in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in this year’s title fight.

    Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth with the Monegasque driver recovering well after his Free Practice crash. Verstappen‘s teammate Sergio Perez was fifth, the Mexican was almost five tenths down on his Red Bull teammate.

    Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi completed the top 10.

    2021 F1 Saudi Arabia GP Qualifying Results

    PosDriverTeamQ3 Time
    1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1.27.511
    2Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.111
    3Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.142
    4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.543
    5Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.612
    6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.614
    7Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.669
    8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+0.931
    9Esteban OconAlpine+1.136
    10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1.243
    11Daniel RicciardoMcLarenEliminated in Q2
    12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q2
    13Fernando AlonsoAlpineEliminated in Q2
    14George RussellWilliamsEliminated in Q2
    15Carlos SainzFerrariEliminated in Q2
    16Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated in Q1
    17Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated in Q1
    18Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q1
    19Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q1
    20Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated in Q1


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