F1 qualifying results: Sergio Perez on pole for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen suffers technical trouble

Sergio Perez clinched pole position for only the second time in his Formula 1 career as the Mexican driver stole the show in Saudi Arabia.

After Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen had to retire from qualifying due to a transmission issue in Q2, Perez took his chance and set a lap of 1’28.265 to seal the deal.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came home in P2, although he will start tomorrow’s race in P12 after suffering a 10-place grid penalty ahead of this weekend’s race. As a result, veteran Fernando Alonso will start P2 for Aston Martin, while Mercedes’ George Russell will start P3.

Australian rookie Oscar Piastri impressed in just his second F1 qualifying session for McLaren and will start P8 on the grid for Sunday’s race.

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Provisional grid for the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

position driver
1 Sergio Perez
2 Fernando Alonso
3 George Russell
4 Carlo Sainz
5 lance walk
6 Esteban Ocon
7 Lewis Hamilton
8th Oskar Piastri
9 Pierre Gasli
10 Nico Hulkenberg
11 Zhou Guanyu
12 Charles Leclerc*
13 Kevin Magussen
14 Valtteri Bottas
15 Max Verstappen
16 Yuki Tsunoda
17 Alex Albon
18 Nyck de Vries
19 Lando Norris
20 Logan Sargeant

*denotes a grid penalty.

F1 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Live Qualifying Commentary, Highlights: How it happened

END OF Q3: Sergio Perez takes pole position for the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!! It’s a perfect performance from the Mexican around Jeddah.

5 minutes before Q3: Perez leads after the opening runs of Q3 with a time of 1:28.265. This is then the time to hit and it will take some hits! A great round from Red Bull’s Mexican Maestro.

START Q3: In Jeddah we will be back on the road for the last time, that’s when the real battle for pole position begins. It’s time for the last ten riders on track as Perez is currently set up for first place.

END OF Q2: The big news from the session is that back-to-back world champion Verstappen is out after suffering an engine failure on his car. Perez takes P1, Alonso follows closely behind. Double disappointment for Haas and Alfa Romeo.

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Eliminated from Q2:

Nico Hulkenberg
Zhou Guanyu
Kevin Magussen
Valtteri Bottas
Max Verstappen

5 minutes before Q2: Verstappen is out of his car and out of qualifying!!! The problem with his car is considered too big to fix and the Dutchman is likely to start tomorrow’s race from P15.

8 minutes before Q2: Verstappen has a big problem with his engine. He’s stuck in the hallway, sounding concerned over the radio. This qualifying just got very interesting.

10 minutes before Q2: Alonso sits so high that Verstappen has a big moment on his flyer and has to cancel. Leclerc and Stroll are in P2 and P3 so far.

START Q2: We’re back on track here in Jeddah as Bottas is first out on track.

END OF Q1: After many drivers canceled laps for exceeding the track limit during this opening session, it is Verstappen who, as expected, leads away from Perez. On the other hand, it’s rather disappointing for Norris after he hit the wall in the middle of the session and was unable to continue due to damage.

Eliminated from Q1:

Yuki Tsunoda
Alex Albon
Nyck de Vries
Lando Norris
Logan Sargeant

5 minutes before Q1: There are a lot of spins out there as so far Alonso and De Vries have both lost control on the first corner while Norris hit the wall on the final corner.

Tsunoda, De Vries, Gasly, Sargeant and Norris currently occupy the bottom five spots.

10 minutes before Q1: With the first lap of the flying heats recorded, it’s Verstappen who leads so far with a 1’28.761 – half a second faster than anyone else on the track so far! With that, the Dutchman is already done in Q1.

Elsewhere, Sainz has set the slowest time yet, which could be a serious concern for Ferrari.

START OF Q1: Here we go, because the battle for pole position begins in Saudi Arabia. It’s the Williams couple Albon and Sargeant that takes us to the circuit!

5 more minutes: We are here in Jeddah ready to qualify for the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The action starts in just under five minutes!

Still 15 minutes: FP3 showed how tight the field was all the way down the grid, apart from the Red Bull cars up front. So expect some surprises in Jeddah in this upcoming qualifying session.

30 minutes left: Fernando Alonso continues to shine in his Aston Martin and could shake the lead again this session as he tries to snatch pole position.

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McLaren are also the ones to watch further down the order, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri both did well in FP3 today, finishing in the top eight. They need to recover after the disappointment in Bahrain at the season’s opening race.

45 minutes left: Sky Sports in the UK has just opened its live show with a quick focus on Mercedes and their troubles earlier this season.

Many thought this would be a turning point after suffering such a poor start but reacting well and finishing strong last season, but they haven’t had such luck in 2023 so far.

Team boss Toto Wolff remains a dissatisfied man as Aston Martin will look to let them go first, especially this weekend.

1 hour to go: So it very much seems like Verstappen is the rider to beat again this weekend after dominating this weekend’s three practice sessions, but who could stop him?

Well, teammate Sergio Perez seems like the most likely option given Red Bull’s mass dominance. The Mexican veteran will be desperate to beat him this weekend to make a real mark as he chases his first world title.

Speaking of training sessions, Esteban Ocon almost ran his car into the guard rail earlier, which shows how difficult this circuit can be.

1 hour 15 minutes left: A quick reminder before the action begins today that Charles Leclerc has already been penalized with a ten-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

That’s because his Ferrari team had to swap parts in his car after his DNF finish last time out in Bahrain. As a result he has to go as far as he can in qualifying today to try to make up for that penalty as much as possible.

1 hour 30 minutes left: Hello and welcome The sports news‘ Live coverage of qualifying for the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!

Following his absolute dominance of the Bahrain International Circuit two weeks ago, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will be looking for further success here in Jeddah.

When does the Saudi Arabia F1 Grand Prix start?

  • Date: Sunday, 03/19
  • Start time: 5:00 p.m. GMT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 a.m. AEDT (March 6) / 8:00 p.m. local time

The start of the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday is scheduled for 8 p.m. local time. Lights Out takes place just after 1 p.m. ET.

Below is the full schedule for the weekend’s F1 events in Jeddah.

Date case Time (GMT) time (ET) Time (AEDT)
Friday, 03/17 practice 1 1:30 p.m 9:30 am 00:30 (March 18)
Friday, 03/17 practice 2 17 o’clock 13 o’clock 4 a.m. (March 18)
Saturday, 03/18 exercise 3 1:30 p.m 9:30 am 00:30 (March 19)
Saturday, 03/18 qualification 17 o’clock 13 o’clock 4 a.m. (March 19)
Sunday, 03/19 race 17 o’clock 13 o’clock 4 a.m. (March 20)
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What TV channel is F1 on?

United Kingdom USA Canada Australia
TV channel SkySports F1 ESPN/ABC TSN (English); RDS (French) Fox sports

Where can I live stream F1?

United Kingdom USA Canada Australia
Live broadcast NOW TV / Sky Go app ESPN+ fuboTV, TSN Direct kayo

F1 season schedule 2023

In 2023, the Formula 1 calendar includes 23 races on four different continents.

The promotion began with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5th and will end in Abu Dhabi on November 26th.

Here is the current schedule (subject to change):

Date race
5. March Bahrain Grand Prix
19th March Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
2nd of April Australian Grand Prix
April, 30th Azerbaijan Grand Prix
May 7th Miami Grand Prix
May 21st Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna
28th of May Monaco Grand Prix
June 4th Spanish Grand Prix
18th of June Canadian Grand Prix
2nd July Grand Prix of Austria
July 9th British Grand Prix
July 23 Hungarian Grand Prix
30th July Belgian Grand Prix
27.8 Dutch Grand Prix
September 3rd Italian Grand Prix
17th of September Singapore Grand Prix
09/24 Japanese Grand Prix
8th October Qatar Grand Prix
October 22nd United States Grand Prix
October 29th Mexican Grand Prix
November 5th Brazilian Grand Prix
19.11 Las Vegas Grand Prix
11/26 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

How to watch Formula 1 in the USA

  • TV channel: ABC; ESPN
  • Live broadcast: FuboTV / Hulu / Sling TV

F1 fans in the US can catch all the action in 2023 when all 23 races will be broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. For Spanish-speaking viewers, there is live coverage on ESPN Deportes, although ESPNews and ESPNU will also be showing some practice and qualifying sessions live throughout the year.

In addition to the official F1 TV service, the action can be streamed live with subscriptions to Hulu + Live TV. Elsewhere, Sling TV will show the action, as will FuboTV in the US.

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live broadcast: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will broadcast the races in English. For those looking for French language broadcasts, RDS is here for you.

The races can be streamed on fuboTV and via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the UK

  • TV channel: SkySports F1
  • Live broadcast: NOW TV / Sky Go app

Viewers in the UK can follow all the F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. Viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2023 can watch it via the Sky Go app if they’re already a subscriber, or they can buy a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; channel 10
  • Live broadcast: kayo

Fox Sports will broadcast all races in Australia for the 2023 season.

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