F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen wins and reaches 100 podiums

Max Verstappen’s pole position turned into a safe victory for the Dutchman at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday, despite a brief moment of leadership from Lando Norris – for extending the life of his medium tires at the start of the race.

Sergio Pérez also ensured a double for RBR by coming in second, despite being penalized 5s for almost hitting Fernando Alonso in the pits.

Charles Leclerc was third, taking his first podium of the season.

The win also symbolized Verstappen’s 100th career podium.

In addition, the three-time champion will leave the Jeddah Circuit with his 55th victory on his CV, having also established himself in 2023 as the third greatest winner of all time.

One of the highlights of the race was Oliver Bearman’s Ferrari debut.
The 18-year-old was drafted in to replace Carlos Sainz, who was diagnosed with appendicitis.

He started 11th and crossed the finish line in seventh place.

F1 returns in two weeks’ time with the Australian Grand Prix at the Melbourne circuit on March 24, the third round of the season.

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