MAX VERSTAPPEN got the best of the start at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as he jumped a place into third ahead of Carlos Sainz.
Sergio Perez is aiming to keep his position of race leader after a superb qualifying run.
Mick Schumacher has confirmed with fans that he is ‘OK’ after being involved in a horrifying 170mph crash during qualifying and is not taking part in the main race.
The whole paddock went quiet for what seemed like an eerie few minutes as the son of Michael was involved in a smash on turn 12 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sergio Perez took pole after a superb lap, clocking 1min 28.2sec, with Charles Leclerc 0.025 sec behind, and Carlos Sainz another fifth of a second behind him.
And Lewis Hamilton limped OUT of qualifying after a miserable Q1, where he failed to make the cut, he starts 15th on the grid on Sunday.
The seven-time world champion was miles off the pace and even labelled his car as ‘undrivable’.
- Start time: 6pm UK
- TV channel: Sky Sports F1 and Main Event
- Live Stream: Now
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Lap 14 – Bottas makes move
Valtteri Bottas has passed Esteban Ocon into seventh!
Lap 13 – Zhou penalty
Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu has received a five-second time penalty for leaving the track.
Lap 13 – Alpine battle
The Alpines are desperately going at it in the early stages of this race.
As it stands Fernando Alonso is sixth, with Esteban Ocon close behind in seventh.
Lap 12 – Hamilton passes Norris
Lewis Hamilton is now up to 11th, after passing Lando Norris.
Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon is still desperately trying to get back ahead of Fernando Alonso!
Lap 11 – Magnussen makes move
Kevin Magnussen has made a move to pass eighth-placed Valtteri Bottas.
The Alfa Romeo star has fended him off, however.
Lap 10 – Hamilton passes Stroll
Mercedes star is quietly beginning to move through the midfield, and has passed Lance Stroll.
Hamilton, 37, is now up to 12th.
Lap 9 – Ricciardo pits
McLaren ace is now down to 18th, after having to pit already.
This pushes Lewis Hamilton up to 13th.
Lap 8 – Alonso gets place back
Esteban Ocon has given Fernando Alonso sixth back… but nearly let Valtteri Bottas get ahead of him too!
Lap 8 – Ocon passes Alonso!
Esteban Ocon has now gone back ahead of Fernando Alonso…!
But he’ll have to give that back, after cutting a corner.
Lap 7 – Alonso passes Ocon
This time the veteran HAS passed Ocon!
Fernando Alonso has finally passed his team-mate, but the Frenchman isn’t going to be content to let his Alpine colleague just stay ahead.
Lap 6 – Alpine battling each other
Fernando Alonso is really pushing to overtake his team-mate Esteban Ocon into sixth!
Neither driver will be happy with this situation.
Lap 5 – Alonso scare
Wow! Fernando Alonso nearly sent into the wall by his team-mate Esteban Ocon!
The Spaniard will be fuming with Ocon’s late move.
Lap 5 – Hamilton unhappy
Mercedes star is unhappy with his tyres, complaining: “No grip on this tyre.”
Hamilton is on the hard compound tyre.
Lap 3 – Hamilton up a place
Lewis Hamilton won’t be used to starting to low down the grid.
The Brit immediately overtook Williams’ Alex Albon to get into 14th, where he remains.
His team-mate George Russell has had a positive start – overtaking Esteban Ocon into fifth.
Lap 2 – Max into third
Dutchman has immediately overtaken Carlos Sainz into third.
The Spaniard is worth watching, after his car had to undergo late maintenance.
Lap 1 – perfect Perez start
Mexican has gotten off to a perfect start, stretching his lead after starting on pole for the first time.
Lights out and away we go!
We’re underway in Jeddah!
Formation lap underway in Jeddah
The action is now just moments away in Saudi Arabia…
Verstappen not keen on favours
Red Bull star will start behind team-mate Sergio Perez, but will not be doing him any “favours”.
He told Sky before the race: “It’s not doing a favour, we have to work together as a team and we just need to score as many points as possible.”
Christian Horner insists Red Bulls ‘equals’
Horner has urged his men to “keep it clean” in Jeddah this evening.
He told Sky Sports: “Absolutely, At this stage of the season.
“I think the most important thing is they keep it clean, that’s all we’ve asked.”
Yuki Tsunoda OUT of Saudi GP
Japanese AlphaTauri driver has been forced to retire before the race has even begun.
Tsunoda broke down on the way to the grid, and joins Mick Schumacher in not being able to take part this afternoon.
Toto Wolff lifts lid on Hamilton nightmare
Mercedes chief has opened up on what went wrong for the Silver Arrows yesterday.
He told Sky Sports: “It was a setup experiment that went wrong.
“We hope it will work better. We have to see, normally we are a bit better in race trim, we were in Bahrain – it’s a bit of an unknown.”
Lando Norris hoping to bounce back
McLaren endured a nightmare start to the season last week in Bahrain, but Lando Norris isn’t ruling out an improvement this time around.
He told Sky Sports: “Many opportunities, it’s a street circuit!”
World champ ready and raring
Now let’s hear from the man himself Max Verstappen ahead of lights out.
He tells Sky Sports: “Yeah I’m looking forward to it.
“I think we have a good battle on our hands with the Ferrari’s.
“And yeah, we have good top speed and they have good cornering so let’s see what works best.”
Verstappen Sr speaks
Joe Verstappen, Max’s dad, is backing his son to have a good race today.
Verstappen Sr tells Sky Sports: “He’s ready to rock.”