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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix result and reaction as Max Verstappen pips Charles Leclerc to win

Follow reaction from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc battle right until the line, with Verstappen edging to a dramatic victory in Jeddah.

Sergio Perez had started on pole for the first time in his F1 career after the Mexican put together an impeccable lap around the tight streets of Jeddah in Q3 of qualifying to put himself..

However, on race day, an ill-timed safety car saw Perez drop from pole into fourth and he was then unable to overtake the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz to get the final podium place.

Mercedes’ George Russell was sixth after qualifying and rose to fifth during the race, ahead of Esteban Ocon of Alpine.

Lewis Hamilton started the race 15th after a disastrous qualifying saw him struggle and exit at Q1 but the seven-time world champion climbed to 10th by the chequered flag.

Meanwhile a Saudi GP marshal had been removed after saying on Twitter he hoped seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered an accident similar to Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain in 2020.

A spokesman for Formula One’s governing body said the unnamed marshal, writing in Arabic, would play no further part in the race weekend in Jeddah.

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