UPDATE: The starting grid has been finalized for Sunday’s race. Hamilton will start 16th while the front row will consist of Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, and Carlos Sainz.
Formula One is conducting qualifying in Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and the first round of qualifying has brought a shocker. Lewis Hamilton finished in 16th position and was eliminated. This is the first time he has not advanced out of Q1 since 2017.
It appears to be something car-related because all five cars eliminated in the first round were Mercedes-powered. The other four eliminated drivers were Alexander Albon, Nico Hulkenberg, Nicholas Latifi, and Yuki Tsunoda. The fastest driver in Q1 was Carlos Sainz, with Max Verstappen following as second fastest.
Naturally there were some shocked reactions to Hamilton’s elimination. This pair is my favorite showing the initial shock and then someone pointing and laughing in a very Nelson manner.
the crowds reactions is all of us right now pic.twitter.com/FggfBIbkKy— nic (@nnicolef1) March 26, 2022