Max Verstappen claimed a ninth straight victory after being dominant in the second race of the season at the Jeddah street circuit, Sergio Perez completed a 1-2 win for Red Bull while Oliver Bearman impressed in the opening Formula 1 race.

Verstappen controlled the race in his own style from start to finish, although Norris led several laps for McLaren after not pitting during the early safety car, and although Norris was investigated by the stewards for an early start during the race he was not penalised.

Most of the drivers chose medium tyres for the start of the race, except for Bearman and Bottas, who opted for soft, and Verstappen kept the lead at the start ahead of Leclerc and Perez, while Gasly had to stop in the pits after just one lap due to a problem with the gearbox.

Piastri overtook Alonso on the second lap in a duel for fourth while Perez needed two more laps to overtake Leclerc for second.

Stroll hit the wall at the top of Turn 22 on lap seven which prompted a safety car during which all but four drivers pitted for tyre changes.

Only Norris, who took the lead, Hamilton, who was third at the time, Hulkenberg and Zhou remained on the track, but Norris’ lead did not last long as on lap 13 Verstappen overtook him before braking for the first corner.

The drivers who entered the pits for hard tyres during the safety car had to watch out for tyre wear so they could last until the end, while the drivers who stayed on the track tried to stay as long as possible to take advantage of the possible exit of the safety car.

But the safety car didn’t come out again so Red Bull easily held the top two positions with Verstappen and Perez while Leclerc had a quiet race in third place.

Piastri had a great performance in fourth place for McLaren after a big fight with Hamilton whom he was unable to overtake despite the faster car because his MCL38 had more downforce and not enough speed on the straight to match Mercedes.

Alonso finished fifth, separating the McLaren drivers, and the two-time world champion was not stopped even by a ‘kiss to the wall’ in the late stages of the race.

Bearman finished his first F1 race in an impressive seventh place after a cautious start, and in the finale he managed to hold off Norris and Hamilton, who finished eighth and ninth.

Hulkenberg scored the last point in today’s race, which is the first time this season that a team other than Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Aston Martin has scored a point.

The next race is scheduled for two weeks in Australia.


11Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda RBPT50
211Sergio PérezRed Bull/Honda RBPT5013.643
316Charles LeclercFerrari5018.639
481Oscar PiastriMcLaren/Mercedes5032.007
514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin/Mercedes5035.759
663George RussellMercedes5039.936
738Ollie BearmanFerrari5042.679
84Lando NorrisMcLaren/Mercedes5045.708
944Lewis HamiltonMercedes5047.391
1027Nico HülkenbergHaas/Ferrari501’16.996
1123Alexander AlbonWilliams/Mercedes501’28.354
1220Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari501’45.737
1331Esteban OconAlpine/Renault491 lap
1422Yuki TsunodaRB/Honda RBPT491 lap
152Logan SargeantWilliams/Mercedes491 lap
163Daniel RicciardoRB/Honda RBPT491 lap
1777Valtteri BottasSauber/Ferrari491 lap
1824Zhou GuanyuSauber/Ferrari491 lap

Fastest lap: Charles Leclerc – 1:31.632 (lap 50)


1Max Verstappen512625
2Sergio Pérez361818
3Charles Leclerc281216
4George Russell18108
5Oscar Piastri16412
6Carlos Sainz Jr.1515
7Fernando Alonso12210
8Lando Norris1284
9Lewis Hamilton862
10Ollie Bearman66
11Nico Hülkenberg11
12Lance Stroll11
13Alexander Albon0
14Zhou Guanyu0
15Kevin Magnussen0
16Daniel Ricciardo0
17Esteban Ocon0
18Yuki Tsunoda0
19Logan Sargeant0
20Valtteri Bottas0
21Pierre Gasly0


1Red Bull/Honda RBPT874443
5Aston Martin/Mercedes13310
9RB/Honda RBPT0
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