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Max Verstappen will be eyeing another dominant weekend as the F1 paddock arrives in Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver led a comfortable one-two for the world champions in the first race of the season in Bahrain, with Sergio Perez second.
Fernando Alonso came third for Aston Martin, which was the surprise, while Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished fifth and seventh respectively.
Charles Leclerc – who was involved in a thrilling battle with Verstappen in Saudi Arabia last year – had to retire in Bahrain, with Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz returning home in fourth place. This year’s race is the third grand prix held at Jeddah’s fast street circuit. Verstappen was fastest in both practice sessions yesterday, a day in which Hamilton parted ways with his longtime performance coach.
Follows Saudi Arabia GP qualifying with The Independent – FP3 started at 13:30 (GMT) before qualifying at 17:00.
F1 LIVE: Charles Leclerc faces yet another title coup with penalty on Saudi Arabian Grand Prix grid
This comes after Leclerc was forced to retire from the season-opening Bahrain GP with an engine problem, which dealt an early blow to his hopes of challenging Max Verstappen for the F1 title.
Frederic Vasseur, the new Ferrari team boss, said after the race that he was surprised by the retirement, but further investigation identified the problem.
Ferrari said it had been forced to install another electronic control unit on Leclerc’s car before the second race of the season, having already replaced parts in Bahrain.
Teams can only use two control electronics per season until a penalty is triggered, which has given Leclerc an uphill battle as he tries to cut Verstappen’s early lead in the standings.
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 4:14 pm
F1 Fantasy: How to play in the 2023 season and tips for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
The new Formula 1 season is here – and that means F1 Fantasy is back!
The game will see millions of motorsports fans choose their selection of drivers with an imaginary budget of $100 million.
F1 Fantasy started five years ago and has rapidly grown in popularity in line with the rise in popularity of F1. The 2023 season will reward players who can spot early trends as the new season takes shape.
See below for all the rules and tips:
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 3:59 pm
EXC INTERVIEW: Jackie Stewart on a life with dyslexia and his relentless drive for safety in Formula 1
Exclusive interview by Kieran Jackson
There’s a five-minute scene in Jackie Stewart’s captivating new biopic that actually presents the most traumatic of experiences for any young student in high school. Asked to stand in front of the class and read a passage from Robert Louis Stevenson’s book treasure island, Stewart just couldn’t. Illustrated with an animated book that dissolves into a random smorgasbord of upside-down letters, this moment encapsulates the Scotsman’s greatest fear as he rose to worldwide stardom. It’s not an accident on the track. Not even the burden of fame. Simply your inability to read and write.
Nearly 70 years later, he still struggles with those same illiterate demons. “I still can’t read and write properly,” he says. Forty-three times he has been on the podium in Formula 1 – 27 times at the top of the tree. However, each time, zoom in closer and you’ll see a man improvising.
“I still don’t know the national anthem”, he reveals. “Or the Lord’s prayer. I’m an extreme dyslexic, just like a lot of other people. I left school at 15 without studying, but I was good with my hands and a good mechanic. Without it, I wouldn’t have gotten to direct with Barry Filer, but that’s where the magical ride began. But it was really just an escape because for the first time in my life I was really good at something. In school, I was a failure.
Stewart, now 83, battling his dyslexia is among a host of fascinating topics found in Stewart, shown on Sky Documentaries from Friday. A 93-minute screening tells the story of one of Formula 1’s most popular drivers, honing a career and a life that was much more than Grand Prix wins and three World Championships. Fascinatingly, despite being produced by his son Mark, the man himself had no influence on the production, as unpublished excerpts from the archives emerge in what he – with conviction not to be confused with arrogance – describes as “the best motorsport film ever made”. Everytime”. .”
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 3:51 pm
F1 LIVE: F1 partners with Race Against Dementia campaign
This is a very good move by Formula 1…
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 3:41 pm
F1 LIVE: Red Bull’s Christian Horner backed to be F1 CEO over current boss Stefano Domenicali
Horner, the boss of Red Bull, is the longest-serving team principal in the sport, having managed the reigning world champions since 2005.
The 49-year-old executive is overseeing Red Bull’s current dominance of the sport, having won both world championships at canter last year and clinched a 2023 season-opening one-two on Sunday with double world champion Max Verstappen. , triumphant in Bahrain.
But Ecclestone – who caused controversy last year after saying he would “take a bullet” for Russian President Vladimir Putin – insists Horner should aim for the sport’s top job next.
“If you had to pick someone today, I would say he [Horner] it would be as good as it gets,” said Ecclestone, 92.
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 3:32 pm
F1 LIVE: Martin Brundle assesses Mercedes’ difficult start to the F1 season
Having produced a car similar in design to the troubled 2022 challenger – with a unique ‘zero-pod’ approach – Toto Wolff has admitted he is ready to ditch that type of car after seeing the deficit of roughly a second lap to Red Bull at the Sunday Grand Prix.
“It seems to me that Mercedes went the wrong way in 2022 and refused to turn around,” Brundle said in his Sky Sports column.
“Even Lewis and Toto openly expressed their disappointment at certain points over the weekend, and normally they just rave about the Brackley and Brixworth teams. The team must be tense right now, the quality is there, they just lack direction and oxygen to calm their heads.”
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 3:15 pm
F1 LIVE: Sky adds former McLaren and Aston Martin strategy guru Bernie Collins to its F1 team
Sky Sports has added former McLaren and Aston Martin head of strategy Bernie Collins to its team of Formula 1 analysts for the 2023 season.
Collins, who was a performance engineer at McLaren and head of race strategy at Aston Martin, will make his first Sky appearance in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix paddock this weekend.
Sky says she will be racing at other races throughout the year, as well as at Sky Studios, and is the first addition to the Sky F1 team since Johnny Herbert and Paul di Resta left in the off-season.
“I am really excited to start this new chapter with the Sky Sports F1 team and want to thank them for the opportunity,” said Collins in a Sky press release. “After many years on the pit wall, I look forward to embracing this new role in F1 from a spectator perspective and enhancing your racing experience.”
Collins’ role “will help to explain and demystify all things team strategy and engineering for Sky Sports F1 viewers old and new”.
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 2:55 pm
F1 LIVE: FP3 COMPLETED!
Wow! So impressive from Red Bull once again!
Max Verstappen fastest in all practice sessions this weekend – and he is six tenths ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez in second with 1:28:485.
Aston Martin are its closest competitors, however, with Fernando Alonso third and Spear Ride in fourth.
5-10: Hamilton, Leclerc, Norris, Piastri, Gasly, Sainz
Hamilton – fifth – one second behind Verstappen!
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 2:33 pm
F1 LIVE: 10:00 left in FP3!
And the Max Verstappen show once again – he is almost five tenths faster than teammate Sergio Perez in second!
Spear Ride is third for Aston Martin, while lewis hamilton it’s the room; nine tenths behind leader Red Bull.
Verstappen was forced to apologize to Lando Norris, incidentally, for blocking the McLaren on a hot lap. It’s not the first problem with traffic this weekend… it could be problematic in the first quarter!
As for the Ferraris? Both Charles Leclerc It is Carlos Sainz yet to set a time in softs for some reason or another…
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 2:21 pm
F1 LIVE: 30:00 left in FP3!
Normal order resumed. Sergio Perez goes faster on softs with 1:29:417, while Max Verstappen it’s a tenth descent…but on a HARD tire! Absolutely fast from the Dutchman!
It’s an Alpine three-four, with Pierre Gasly in third and Esteban Ocon room.
5-10: Russell, Albon, Hamilton, Norris, Leclerc, Sainz
Qualifying simulation laps coming up!
Kieran JacksonMarch 18, 2023 2:02 pm