Clear. Dry. Air + 23C, track + 25… 24C
On Friday night, no one discussed the results of the sessions, balance issues and time in the circle. The paddock only talked about a rocket attack from Yemen at the Aramco oil depot, an official Formula 1 partner, located near the track – a large fire was visible from afar.
The teams demanded security guarantees – and soon the authorities provided them, but not all the riders were ready to race in such conditions – and in the middle of the night the discussion went to the second round. Only in the third half the decision was made – the riders agreed to participate in the race.
Charles Leclerc was in the lead in training on Friday and Saturday, and Max Ferstappen was second each time, slightly behind. Cars with Mercedes engines were behind again, but a week after the first stage, the balance of power could not change.
At Aston Martin, Nico Hulkenberg has again replaced Sebastian Vettel, who remained in Europe with a still positive test for coronavirus – the team hopes that he will recover to Melbourne.
Qualifying in Jeddah is not essential – you can overtake on the track, but a good position at the start provided an advantage and reduced the likelihood of getting into an accident, of which there were many in the support race.
Pirelli has chosen the same lineups as in 2021 – C2, C3 and C4 as Hard, Medium and Soft. The softest composition granulated and wore out quickly, but still had an advantage in speed.
In the first session Hamilton and Russell chose Medium for the first attempt, the others left for Soft.
Many were on the fast track when Nicholas Latifi crashed the car in the 13th turn – to evacuate the session was stopped by red flags. The FIA sensor detected a dangerous overload – the Canadian was sent to a medical center for examination, but was quickly released.
After a pause, the riders left again, but due to problems with the fuel system, Yuki Tsunodu was immediately asked to return to the pits – and he did not leave.
In the first attempt, Carlos Science showed the best time, ahead of his teammate by 0.184 seconds – Ferstappen, who showed the third time, lost almost half a second.
In the second attempt, Ferstappen added, ahead of Leclerc, but the result of Science could not surpass.
Hamilton made several attempts, but dropped out of the fight in the first session – for the first time since Brazil’17. Elbon, Hulkenberg, Latifi and Tsunoda did not go with him to the second session. All those who dropped out, except for the broken Tsunoda – in cars with Mercedes engines.
In the second session Russell chose Medium for the first attempt, the others left for Soft. In the first attempt, Charles Leclerc was the fastest – 1: 28.883. Perez lost only four hundredths, Ferstappen – six.
Riccardo prevented Okon from speeding in the seventh turn – after the session, the incident will be considered by stewards.
Five minutes before the end of the session, red flags reappeared. Mick Schumacher lost a car on the curb in the 10th turn, turned it around and threw it into the wall at high speed at the 11th turn – there were no protective barriers, the broken car crossed the track and crashed on the other side in the 12th, where froze.
The blow was very strong, a medical car immediately went to the scene. Mick couldn’t get out of the cockpit on his own, but he was conscious and talking to the doctor. He was evacuated – and sent to a medical center, where he talked to his mother, and then to the hospital for a scan. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.
During the impact, the car lost all technical fluids – the track was cleaned for a long time, then leveled concrete blocks at the point of impact. NIA Wittich, the second director of FIA racing, arrived in person. Only 57 minutes after the accident, the riders were able to leave again.
In the second attempt, Carlos Science was ahead of his teammate, leading the record with 1: 28.686. Norris, Riccardo, Zhou, Schumacher and Stroll did not make it to the finals.
In the final all left for Soft. In the first attempt, Science showed the best time, passing the lap in 1: 28.402. Ferstappen was only sixth – and complained about the lack of traction.
In the second attempt, Perez drove the fastest – 1: 28.200, 25 thousandths ahead of Leclerc. Esteban Okon also ran into the curb, where Schumacher crashed, but was able to catch the car.
Sergio Perez won the qualification in Jeddah, winning the first pole of his career in his 215th Grand Prix. Perez and Leclerc will start from the first row, Science and Ferstappen from the second, Okon and Russell will start the race from the third.
|The pilot||Team||1 session||Session 2||Session 3|
|1. C.Peres||Red Bull||6||1: 29.705||7||3||1: 28.924||6||1||1: 28,200||7|
|2. S. Lecler||Ferrari||3||1: 29.039||6||2||1: 28.780||8||2||1: 28.225||8|
|3. K. Science||Ferrari||1||1: 28.855||6||1||1: 28.686||9||3||1: 28.402||8|
|4. M. Ferstappen||Red Bull||2||1: 28.928||7||4||1: 28.945||7||4||1: 28.461||8|
|5. E.Okon||Alpine||13||1: 30,093||7||9||1: 29.584||7||5||1: 29.068||5|
|6. D. Russell||Mercedes||4||1: 29.680||9||10||1: 29.618||7||6||1: 29.104||5|
|7. F. Alonso||Alpine||11||1: 29.978||7||5||1: 29.295||7||7||1: 29.147||6|
|8. W. Bottas||Alfa Romeo||5||1: 29.683||7||6||1: 29.404||8||8||1: 29.183||7|
|9. P. Gasley||AlphaTauri||8||1: 29.891||7||7||1: 29.418||8||9||1: 29.254||7|
|10. K. Magnussen||Haas||7||1: 29.831||9||8||1: 29.546||9||10||1: 29.588||6|
|11. L. Norris||McLaren||9||1: 29.957||9||11||1: 29.651||7|
|12. D. Riccardo||McLaren||12||1: 30.009||9||12||1: 29.773||8|
|13. G. Zhou||Alfa Romeo||10||1: 29.978||11||13||1: 29.819||6|
|14. M. Schumacher||Haas||14||1: 30.167||8||14||1: 29,920||5|
|15. L. Stroll||Aston Martin||15||1: 30.256||9||15||1: 31.009||6|
|16. L. Hamilton||Mercedes||16||1: 30,343||11|
|17. A. Elbon||Williams||17||1: 30,492||9|
|18. N. Hulkenberg||Aston Martin||18||1: 30,543||10|
|19. N. Latifi||Williams||19||1: 31.817||4|
|20. Yu. Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||20||–||2|