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Red Bull driver Ferstappen wins Saudi Arabia’s Formula One Grand Prix

Dutch Red Bull driver Max Ferstappen won the Formula One Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia. The reigning champion of the Royal Races has won his first stage of the new season

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Max Ferstappen behind the wheel of a car

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The current Formula 1 champion, Dutchman Max Ferstappen, has won his first stage of the championship in the new season. The Red Bull driver won the Saudi Grand Prix in Jeddah.

Ferstappen, who started fourth on Sunday, won 50 laps of the race.

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Second place went to Monegasque Charles Leclerc from Ferrari, who also received an extra point in the overall standings for the fastest lap. Lecler was 0.549 seconds behind Ferstappen. The third was another Ferrari driver, Spaniard Carlos Sains Jr. (+8.097).

Also in the top ten at the end of the race were: 4. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Red Bull), 5. George Russell (UK, Mercedes), 6. Esteban Ocon (France, Alpine), 7. Lando Norris (UK, McLaren), 8. Pierre Gasley (France, Alpha Tauri), 9. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas), 10. Lewis Hamilton (UK, Mercedes).

Ferstappen scored the first points of the season in Saudi Arabia, the Dutchman could not finish at the opening Grand Prix of Bahrain.

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Only 13 of the 20 participants in the Formula 1 championship managed to finish the race in Jeddah. German Haas pilot Mick Schumacher was hospitalized on Saturday after a crash in qualifying, Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) did not go to the start due to transmission problems.

During the race itself, five more pilots went off the track. Canadian Nicolas Latifi (Williams) crashed the car on the 16th lap, and then during the 38-39th lap three racers dropped out of the fight – Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alf Romeo). Williams co-pilot Alexander Albon from Thailand finished the 51st lap.

Mick Schumacher was hospitalized after an accident in the F1 Grand Prix

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In the overall standings, after two stages, Leclerc is in the lead (45 points), Science is in second place (33), and Ferstappen has risen to third place (25).

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