Sergio Perez takes a brilliant win in Jeddah, Max Verstappen happy to ‘settle in second’
Max Verstappen finished second at the 2023 Saudi Grand Prix despite starting from 15th on the grid. The Flying Dutchman raced through the Jeddah field and showed their ability to win the championship.
Verstappen suffered a driveshaft problem in qualifying on Saturday and started 15th on Sunday. His teammate Sergio Perez started the race on pole position and took the win, showing his quality on the street circuit.
of red bull The driver suffered from the same driveshaft problem and was heard complaining to engineer Giampiero Lambiase in the closing stages of the race.
in the meantime, Fernando Alonso He finished the race in 3rd place, but received a 10 second penalty after the race. The result gave George his Russell his first podium of the season.
Max Verstappen He retained his lead in the drivers’ standings as he scored extra points for the fastest lap on the final lap of the race.
Speaking to David Coulthard at parc ferme after the race, Verstappen said:
“It wasn’t easy going through the field.In the first sector it was very difficult to catch up early in the race and there were a lot of slides.But once you clear them one by one it’s good Rhythm and, of course, we were able to stand on the podium here.”
Former Red Bull driver praises Max Verstappen
Former Red Bull driver David Coulthard says Max Verstappen’s exceptional work ethic and Fearlesswhich sets us apart from other drivers.
Two-time world champion Verstappen has started the 2023 F1 season with a dominant performance. He won his first race from pole position and demonstrated outstanding driving performance.
Following his win in Bahrain, the Dutchman finished second in Jeddah after starting 15th on the grid due to driveshaft problems.
While Red Bull has once again produced the strongest car on the grid, Aston Martin has also emerged as a contender. Fernando Alonso scored a well-deserved podium in Bahrain.
Alonso’s impressive performance surprised many, but Verstappen once again showed his dominance as a driver in the new season.
Speaking at the recent Red Bull Showrun event in Mumbai, India sport kida Coulthard gave his two cents as to why Verstappen stands out.
“Because he works so hard. His mother is a kart racer and his father is a F1 driver. He wasn’t given the route to F1 and had to be locked out. Again and again, he has shown he has a fighting spirit, and his work ethic on the track, along with his natural talent, gives him an edge over his competitors.”
Max Verstappen heads into race three of the year as the championship leader, albeit just one point behind. It remains to be seen if he can achieve a third consecutive title.