clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

F1 starting grid: Sergio Perez claims pole position for 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Jeddah for the STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Sunday’s race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

General View of the Jeddah Circuit during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 25, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images

Sunday morning update: Yuki Tsunoda has withdrawn from Sunday’s race due to a car issue, his team announced Sunday morning. He was in P19 at the back of the pack.

Saturday evening update: Mick Schumacher will not race on Sunday, and Daniel Ricciardo received a three-spot penalty impeding another driver. Ricciardo drops to P14 while Guanyu Zhou and Lance Stroll move up to P12 and P13, respectively.

Final results: Sergio Perez claimed the pole position for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. will join him on the front row. Max Verstappen finished fourth in qualifying.

Q2 results: The second qualifying stage wrapped over an hour late due to Mick Schumacher’s wreck. The five eliminated drivers were Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Guanyu Zhou, Mick Schumacher, and Lance Stroll. Carlos Sainz was once again the fastest driver in Q2.

Q2 update: The second qualifying stage is in the midst of a lengthy delay after Mick Schumacher wrecked his car. Reports after the accident indicate he is “physically fine”, but likely headed to the hospital for precautionary scans. As of 2:25 p.m. ET, the track is being cleared off and readied for the drivers to resume qualifying with just under five minutes remaining in Q2.

Q1 results: Lewis Hamilton, Nicholas Latifi, Yuki Tsunoda, Alexander Albon and Nico Hulkenberg were eliminated in the first qualifying stage. Carlos Sainz was the fastest driver in Q1.

Formula One racing has arrived in Jeddah this weekend for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, getting underway at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior, qualifying will take place at 1 p.m., airing on ESPN2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. That will leave the remaining ten competing for pole position in Sunday’s race.

Max Verstappen comes into qualifying as the favorite to be the fastest qualifier. He is installed at +110 at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is also favored to win with odds down to +105. Charles Leclerc is second in winner odds at +165, followed by Carlos Sainz at +650.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Sergio Pérez 11
2 Charles Leclerc 16
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. 55
4 Max Verstappen 33
5 Esteban Ocon 31
6 George Russell 63
7 Fernando Alonso 14
8 Valtteri Bottas 77
9 Pierre Gasly 10
10 Kevin Magnussen 20
11 Lando Norris 4
12 Guanyu Zhou 24
13 Lance Stroll 18
14 Daniel Ricciardo 3
15 Lewis Hamilton 44
16 Alexander Albon 23
17 Nico Hulkenberg 27
18 Nicholas Latifi 6