Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing celebrates finishing in first position during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 19, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The second Formula One Grand Prix of the season saw Sergio Perez clinch victory for Red Bull after starting from pole position. Perez was closely followed by his teammate Max Verstappen, who charged through the field from 15th place to cross the line second.
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso joined Perez and Verstappen on the podium, but was later demoted to fourth after being hit with a six-second penalty for failing to take a five-second penalty correctly during the race.
George Russell finished within six seconds of Alonso to claim third place, following aggressive encouragement from his pit chief over the radio. Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, came in fifth.
Verstappen held on to his championship lead after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where he finished in second place after mechanical problems during qualifying. He earned an additional point for driving the fastest circuit of the race during his 50th and final lap.
Carlos Sainz finished sixth for Ferrari, with his teammate Charles Leclerc finishing seventh after starting from 12th place due to a penalty for changing components in his power unit.