F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live race updates, leaderboard, result: Max Verstappen starts on pole

Max Verstappen will bid to make it two wins from two to start the 2024 Formula 1 season, the reigning champion starting Saturday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on pole position.

The Dutchman was in clinical form in Friday’s qualifying, his time of 1:27:472 around three tenths of a second quicker than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who delivered a strong final flying lap to prevent a Red Bull lockout of the front row of the grid.

Sergio Perez starts in third, with Fernando Alonso — who has shown excellent pace this weekend in the Aston Martin — in fourth, ahead of the McLarens and Mercedes. Debutant Oliver Bearman, replacing Carlos Sainz this week after the Spaniard had appendix surgery, will start his first grand prix from P11.

Verstappen will certainly take some stopping if he gets through the opening turns in first place, with the Jeddah Corniche Circuit posing a real challenge when it comes to overtaking. Can anyone stake a claim as a challenger for the driver’s championship?

The Sporting News is following the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

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F1 live race leaderboard

Updated every five laps

Lap 1/60 Driver
1.  Max Verstappen  11. Oliver Bearman
2. Charles Leclerc 12. Alex Abon
3. Sergio Perez 13. Kevin Magnussen
4. Fernando Alonso 14. Daniel Ricciardo
5. Oscar Piastri 15. Nico Hulkenberg
6. Lando Norris 16. Valtteri Bottas
7. George Russell 17. Esteban Ocon
8. Lewis Hamilton 18. Pierre Gasly
9. Yuki Tsunoda 19. Logan Sargeant
10. Lance Stroll 20. Zhou Guanyu

F1 grid order:

1. Verstappen (Red Bull), 2. Leclerc (Ferrari), 3. Perez (Red Bull), 4. Alonso (Aston Martin), 5. Piastri (McLaren), 6. Norris (McLaren), 7. Russell (Mercedes), 8. Hamilton (Mercedes), 9. Tsunoda (RB), 10. Stroll (Aston Martin)

11. Bearman (Ferrari), 12. Albon (Williams), 13. Magnussen (Haas), 14. Ricciardo (RB), 15. Hulkenberg (Haas), 16. Bottas (Kick Sauber), 17. Ocon (Alpine), 18. Gasly (Alpine), 19. Sargeant (Williams), 20. Zhou (Kick Sauber)

MORE: F1 2024 standings

F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live updates, results, highlights from 2024 race

1 hour 30 mins to lights out: What a day this is for Oliver Bearman: making his F1 race debut under the neon lights of this street circuit in Jeddah. Carlos Sainz, recovering in hospital, will no doubt be watching on.

2 hours prior to lights out: Fernando Alonso arrives in style for today’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He might need a couple of extra wheels.

F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix grid, qualifying recap

Max Verstappen was once again clinical as he took pole position for Saturday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. On the day of the heavyweight contest between Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou in the same country, this was very much a case of throwing power punches at the right time by Red Bull’s unstoppable world champion: each hot lap was delivered with unerring precision around the tight corners of this winding track and its neon surroundings, and each time, he seemed to time his runs perfectly to sour any optimism within the chasing pack.

F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race time

  UK USA Canada Australia India
Date Saturday, Mar 9 Saturday, Mar 9 Saturday, Mar 9 Sunday, Mar 10 Saturday, Mar 9
Time 5 p.m. GMT 12 p.m. ET 12 p.m. ET 4 a.m. AEDT 10:30 p.m. IST

F1 live stream, TV channel

Country TV channel Live stream
USA FUBO, F1TV
Canada TSN (English); RDS (French) TSN Direct
UK Sky Sports F1 SkyGo, NOW TV
Australia Fox Sports Foxtel Go, Kayo Sports
India F1 TV Pro

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