F1 2023 | Sergio Pérez wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Red Bull takes 1-2
Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing celebrate their first place finish during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 19, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. , Photo Credit: Getty Images
Red Bull dominated the second Formula One Grand Prix of the season in Jeddah on Sunday as Sergio Perez won after starting from pole position while teammate Max Verstappen finished 15th to second.
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who started on the front row, crossed the row third in his Aston Martin. He took his place on the podium, but was then dropped to fourth after he was given a six-second penalty for failing to correctly take a five-second penalty during the race.
George Russell, who chased furiously in the final stages, liked by his pit chief on the radio, took third to within six seconds of the Spaniard.
Lewis Hamilton finished fifth in the other Mercedes.
The Red Bull duo reversed their finishing positions at the season-opening Bahrain GP. Verstappen, who was halted by mechanical problems in qualifying, regained the championship lead by picking up an extra point for driving the fastest circuit of the race on his 50th and final lap.
Carlos Sainz finished seventh after starting in 12th place as a penalty for changing components in his power unit, with his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in sixth place.