Good morning F1 fans
Sergio Perez’s stunning first-ever pole at tonight’s Saudi Arabian GP is just a sideshow in Jeddah amid further controversy surrounding the race and Mick Schumacher’s crash at 270km/h.
F1 drivers were overwhelmingly AGAINST the competition on Friday after safety concerns over the track and the terrorist missile attack just six miles away.
And surprisingly, Lewis Hamilton will only start from 16th on the grid, as he retired from qualifying yesterday after just one stage.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “The drivers were pretty much in agreement in the first talks, but then we were able to convince them that the race is the best.
“Everyone’s opinion counts but we want to avoid a situation where we don’t know if the race is on or not.”
The riders met for four hours yesterday morning to discuss their concerns amid fears the race could be targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen.
And after clearance was confirmed, concerns about the track itself escalated due to Schumacher’s horror crash.
The 23-year-old Haas driver confirmed he was “fine” after being flown to hospital – but his car was split in two.
Perez then stole pole from Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz – with his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen fourth.
Mexico’s Perez admitted his surprise, claiming he could “do a thousand laps and not beat” his peerless ride.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18065660/f1-saudi-arabian-grand-prix-live-results-delay-hamilton-perez-schumacher-verstappen/ As Hamilton starts from 15th on the grid, Schumacher shows he’s okay after the crash