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Saudi Arabian GP: What is the Starting Order of the F1 Grid After Latest Max Verstappen Penalty Update?

Published Dec 5, 2021 | 7:21 AM EST

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The starting lineup for the inaugural Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix is set following the intense three-round qualifying session on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton crossed the first-ever chequered flag in the Jeddah circuit with a lap time of 1:27:511. To his delight, Valtteri Bottas came in the second position and ensured the first-row lockup for the Silver Arrows team.

Red Bull star Max Verstappen will be looking forward to spoiling their party, as he sits 3rd on the grid, two places ahead of his teammate, Sergio Perez. But the Dutchman was under a threat of taking a grid penalty after he suffered a crash on the final corner of his flying lap in Q3. However, the team made it clear that Verstappen’s car will not undergo a gearbox change, thus not taking a grid penalty.

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Starting grid for the Jeddah F1 Grand Prix

If the intense qualifying session on Saturday was anything to go by, it will surely be a thrilling race. With no penalties in place the starting grid for the Sunday race would look like this:

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  4. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
  5. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
  6. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
  7. Lando Norris, McLaren
  8. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  9. Esteban Ocon, Alpine
  10. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
  11. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
  12. Kimi Räikkönen, Alfa Romeo
  13. Fernando Alonso, Alpine
  14. George Russell, Williams
  15. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
  16. Nicholas Latifi, Williams
  17. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
  18. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
  19. Mick Schumacher, Haas
  20. Nikita Mazepin, Haas

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix timings

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah will begin at 8:30 PM local time and 5:30 PM GMT.

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UK: Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the race live at 5:30 PM GMT on Sky Sports F1.

US: Fans in the United States can watch the live-action at 12:30 PM ET on the ESPN network.

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Needless to say, this race would be an ecstatic one and surely a nail-bitter. Tell us how excited you are for this penultimate thriller.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.
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