RACE DEBRIEF

    After the disaster that was Bahrain, Saudi Arabia saw Red Bull’s season finally off a to flying start. There was less to smile about at Mercedes, even if Lewis Hamilton did achieve something he’s never done before. Here’s our round-up of the fascinating figures from Jeddah…

    • With Max Verstappen first and Sergio Perez fourth, Red Bull scored more points – 37 – than any other team in Saudi Arabia.

    • By contrast, they were the only team not to record a finish at the previous round in Bahrain.

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    • Verstappen’s win was the first for Red Bull Powertrains, in only their second start.

    • Verstappen’s win today came on the 28th anniversary of his father Jos’ F1 debut in the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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    Sainz is on quite a roll - 17 consecutive races in the points

    • 0.549s is the closest winning margin since Pierre Gasly won the 2020 Italian Grand Prix over Carlos Sainz by 0.415s.

    • After his P2 finish, Charles Leclerc already has more podium finishes this year (two) than he managed in the whole of last year (one).

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    • Ferrari team mate Sainz came home in P3 – his third consecutive podium, and his 17th consecutive points finish.

    • Ferrari have had both cars on podium in consecutive races for the first time since Singapore 2019.

    • Red Bull’s Sergio Perez led more laps tonight (14) than he did in any race last year (13).

    • Perez’s last two points finishes have been fourth places – the previous one was Qatar 2021.

    • Mercedes’ George Russell took P5 and has hence finished in the top five in the first two races of 2022.

    • Alpine’s Esteban Ocon – P6 – has finished in the top seven in the first two races of 2022.

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    After Schumacher's qualifying crash, Magnussen gave Haas something to smile about on race day

    • McLaren never ran higher than 13th at any time in last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Today Lando Norris took the flag in P7.

    • All three drivers who failed to finish in Bahrain last weekend scored points tonight – Verstappen (P1), Perez (P4) and Alphatauri’s Pierre Gasly (P8)

    • Thanks to Kevin Magnussen’s P9, Haas scored in consecutive races for first time since Spain and Monaco 2019.

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    • Lewis Hamilton was P10 for Mercedes – the first time he's finished in this specific position since Korea 2012 (he's never finished 11th in any race in his F1 career).

    • Only 13 cars reached the flag, matching the lowest number of finishers in 2021 (Hungary, where there was a first-corner pile-up).