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March 11th, 2024

Verstappen and Pérez deliver another Oracle Red Bull Racing 1–2 in Saudi Arabia

Round 2 of the season, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix took place at Jeddah Corniche Circuit- Max  Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, won the race, with Sergio Perez finishing second.

Starting from pole for the first time at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Verstappen was in complete control of the race from the start, despite an early Safety Car deployment on Lap 7 that caused a flurry of unscheduled pit stops. The Dutchman dominated and cruised home to his second victory of 2024 by as sizeable 13.643s over Pérez.

The Mexican driver started the race from third and made his way past Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on Lap 4 to comfortably hold the position to the finis, even after receiving a five-second penalty for an unsafe pit release.

Further down the field, Visa Cash App RB F1 Team’s Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo battled hard in th middle of the pack, but finished outside the points in 14th and 16th places respectively.


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"It was great to get my 100th podium today and it was another great race for us this weekend. I'm very happy to win here in Jeddah: it's been a great start to the year and we don’t know the full potential of the car yet, so now we want to keep the momentum going. Because of the early pit stop with the Safety Car, I knew we had to work on managing the pace. Every time that I pushed I tried to extend the gap, as you don’t want to be driving on the limit constantly and be taking too many risks on this circuit. It was a very long stint on the hard tyre during the race, but the pace of the car was very good and I was good at managing my tyres. In the last stint, the tyres were getting cold and it was easy to lose the grip at the end, but we pushed through and I think we did everything well today. The ultimate goal is to fight for the championship, so we are off to a great start.”


"I think the early Safety Car compromised our race quite a lot unfortunately. I lost quite a lot going into traffic with Lando and Lewis, around seven to eight seconds. We needed to get through that quicker than we did to challenge for the win, but other than that it was a strong drive and performance. I really feel like we have done the two steps forward that I was looking for this weekend, so we're getting closer to where we need to be. The Ferrari has the pace and I think there are tracks where they will be a lot closer to us. They probably didn’t maximise their full potential today and we did. Max is driving at a super high level and I think he's the only driver who has maximised qualifying and the race so far this season. It's great, though, because I have the best possible challenge to him. I must keep evolving weekend after weekend. Now, my full focus is on Melbourne and getting on top of what we have done here in Jeddah."


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“It was a difficult race today. I made some mistakes and let some cars behind me pass when I was trying to overtake the car in front, and that’s my fault. We struggled with our pace and grip today, so it was difficult to drive. On the positive side, we had a strong qualifying and we’ll look into our race pace and figure out why we struggled as much as we did. There are things I can improve on, so we’ll look through them and apply the learnings for the future.”


“It was a tough race and overall, a tough weekend, which is very frustrating. During the Safety Car time, when almost everyone pitted, we had a slow pit stop and a few laps from the end, I made a mistake and hit too much kerb in Turn 1, which caused a spin. I’m staying optimistic, though, as I know we have some positive signs and we just need to polish our package up. We have a week off now and there will be a big push from everyone to get it right and make sure we have a good package for the next race. I know the team wants it as badly as I do. I’m excited to go back racing in Melbourne, so let’s get ready for it.”

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