Saudi Arabia facts and stats: From zero to hero for Red Bull and a career first for Hamilton
After the disaster in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia saw Red Bull’s season finally get off to a flying start. There was less to smile about at Mercedes, although Lewis Hamilton achieved something he had never done before. Here is our roundup of the fascinating characters of Jeddah…
• With Max Verstappen first and Sergio Perez fourth, Red Bull have scored more points (37) than any other team in Saudi Arabia.
• On the other hand, they were the only team not to have finished in the previous round in Bahrain.
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• Verstappen’s victory was the first for Red Bull Powertrains, on only their second start.
• Verstappen’s victory today came on the 28th anniversary of his father Jos’ F1 debut at the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix.
• 0.549s is the closest margin of victory since Pierre Gasly won the 2020 Italian Grand Prix ahead of Carlos Sainz by 0.415s.
• After his second place, Charles Leclerc already has more podiums this year (two) than he did all of last year (one).
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• His Ferrari team-mate Sainz returned home in P3 – his third consecutive podium finish and 17th consecutive points result.
• Ferrari have had both cars on the podium in back-to-back races for the first time since Singapore 2019.
• Sergio Perez (Red Bull) led more laps tonight (14) than in any race last year (13).
• Perez’s last two points were fourth places – the previous one was Qatar 2021.
• Mercedes’ George Russell took fifth and therefore finished in the top five in the first two races of 2022.
• Alpine’s Esteban Ocon – P6 – has finished in the top seven in the first two races of 2022.
• McLaren never rose above 13th place at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend. Today Lando Norris took the flag in P7.
• The three drivers who failed to finish in Bahrain last weekend scored points tonight: Alphatauri’s Verstappen (P1), Perez (P4) and Pierre Gasly (P8).
• Kevin Magnussen’s P9 saw Haas score in back-to-back races for the first time since Spain and Monaco 2019.
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• Lewis Hamilton was P10 for Mercedes – the first time he has finished in that specific position since Korea 2012 (he has never finished 11th in any race in his F1 career).
• Only 13 cars reached the flag, the lowest number of finishers in 2021 (Hungary, where there was a pile-up at the first corner).