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F1 update – Saudi Arabian GP

The second round of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship was held at the Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Red Bull and Max Verstappen continued their dominant start to the season by clinching their second win of the season along with their second 1 – 2 finish of the season with Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez coming home second despite a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe release during his only pitstop with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc completing the podium in third.

Saudi Arabian GP – top 5:

  • 1st – Max Verstappen – Red Bull
  • 2nd – Sergio Perez – Red Bull
  • 3rd – Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
  • 4th – Oscar Piastri – McLaren
  • 5th – Fernando Alonso – Aston Martin

Race Highlights:

Chelmsford’s Oliver Bearman would finish his debut grand prix in seventh in a Ferrari.

Alpine’s Pierre Gasly would retire on lap 1 due to a gearbox.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll would crash out on lap 6 at turn 22 which in turn would bring out the safety car.

Haas’s Kevin Magnussen would be given a 10 second time penalty for colliding with the Williams of Alexander Albon and then he would be given a further 10 second time penalty for gaining an advantage whilst overtaking the RB of Yuki Tsunoda off the track.

RB’s Yuki Tsunoda was given a 5 second time penalty post race for an unsafe release in his only pitstop.


Chelmsford’s Formula 2 and Ferrari reserve driver Oliver Bearman would replace Carlos Sainz at Ferrari for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix due to the Spaniard having surgery for an appendicitis.

Former Alpine employee Bob Bell would join Aston Martin as their new executive director.

F1 Academy a series for upcoming female drivers commenced their season in Saudi Arabia which saw Mercedes junior French driver Doriane Pin and Alpine junior Britain’s Abbi Pulling take a win a piece, the latter after a post race penalty was given to Doriane Pin.

The next round of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship will take place on 22nd – 24th March in Albert Park, Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.

Aston and regular contributor Cameron Perkins with the latest from the world of Formula 1.

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