F1 preview: A lap of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
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Max Verstappen moaned about his Ferrari rival’s rear lights while hunting him down in the opening stages. He said: “The lights of [Charles] Leclerc don’t work on the back of his car. Yeah they don’t work.”
However, F1’s rear lights do not determine when a car is braking. Instead, they simply show when the car is harvesting energy.
The lights are a regulation so it is likely Verstappen was mentioning it to raise awareness to the stewards. Verstappen overtook Carlos Sainz at the start of the race to jump into third, behind Leclerc.
But, the Ferrari driver looked comfortable as he tried to chase down Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.
A safety car just moments later mixed the field with Leclerc benefitting to jump into the lead. Before the race, Verstappen said he did not feel comfortable and was “sliding everywhere”.
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He said: “Checo did a great job today, he put the car on pole and I’m really happy for him! From my side, qualifying didn’t go the way I had hoped, in Q1 and Q2 everything felt normal but in Q3 the grip was terrible, I couldn’t extract what I needed to from the tyres and I was just sliding everywhere.
“In the faster corners I couldn’t push as hard as I would have liked and when you don’t feel comfortable on a street circuit you cannot attack the corners. Of course I’m not happy with fourth and we’ll analyse what happened but we have a competitive car and we have a lot to fight for tomorrow as a team. I am looking forward to it, hopefully we can have a good race.”
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