F1 2023 race results and standings from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Check out the full race results and the official standings after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, round two of F1 2023.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the Mexican driver storming to victory after losing the lead to Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso on the opening lap.
While the Spaniard briefly held the lead in the early stages, Perez overtook Alonso using DRS into Turn 1 and set about pulling away at the front.
Max Verstappen finished second, having started from 15th in the second Red Bull. The reigning World Champion made slow but steady progress in the opening half of the race, with his rise into second place helped significantly by a mid-race Safety Car when Lance Stroll retired from ninth place with an apparent ERS issue on his Aston Martin.
The final podium place, we thought had gone to Fernando Alonso, until it had not, but then actually had, let us explain…
Mercedes’ George Russell finished fourth on the road, but initially improved to the podium after Alonso was given a post-race 10-second time penalty due to his team’s rear jack being in contact with his car when he served his initial time penalty. While Alonso climbed onto the podium and was given the trophy, he was demoted to fourth as a result of the penalty, or so we thought.
Later a right to review hearing would be held with Alonso’s Aston Martin team, after which it was determined that the penalty was to be quashed and Alonso therefore returned to the podium, his 100th as a Formula 1 driver. Back down to fourth Russell went, and he will now need to hand that trophy back over to a very happy Spaniard.
Lewis Hamilton finished fifth, the seven-time World Champion having swapped to the medium compound for the second half of the race in an opposing strategy to the others in the top five.
The result for the top two, reversed from the first race in Bahrain, means Perez and Verstappen are separated by just a solitary point at the top of the Drivers’ Championship – the point separating them is courtesy of Verstappen’s fastest lap on the final lap in Jeddah.
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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race results
1 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing 50 Laps
2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +5.355
3 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +20.728
4 George RUSSELL Mercedes +25.866
5 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +31.065
6 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +35.876
7 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +43.162
8 Esteban OCON Alpine +52.832
9 Pierre GASLY Alpine +54.747
10 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas +64.826
11 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +67.494
12 Nico HULKENBERG Haas +70.588
13 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo +76.060
14 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri +77.478
15 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +85.021
16 Logan SARGEANT Williams +86.293
17 Lando NORRIS McLaren +86.445
18 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +1 Lap
19 Alexander ALBON Williams DNF
20 Lance STROLL Aston Martin DNF
F1 2023 Drivers’ Championship standings after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT 44
2 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT 43
3 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 30
4 Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 20
5 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 20
6 George Russell GBR Mercedes 18
7 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 8
8 Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 6
9 Pierre Gasly FRA Alpine Renault 4
10 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine Renault 4
11 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo Ferrari 4
12 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas Ferrari 1
13 Alexander Albon THA Williams Mercedes 1
14 Yuki Tsunoda JPN AlphaTauri Honda RBPT 0
15 Nico Hulkenberg GER Haas Ferrari 0
16 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Mercedes 0
17 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo Ferrari 0
18 Nyck De Vries NED AlphaTauri Honda RBPT 0
19 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren Mercedes 0
20 Lando Norris GBR McLaren Mercedes 0
F1 2023 Constructors’ Championship standings after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
1 Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT 87
2 Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 38
3 Mercedes 38
4 Ferrari 26
5 Alpine Renault 8
6 Alfa Romeo Ferrari 4
7 Haas Ferrari 1
8 Williams Mercedes 1
9 AlphaTauri Honda RBPT 0
10 McLaren Mercedes 0