A sensational final effort for pole position from Max fell agonisingly short but we will start Sunday’s first race in Jeddah with all four cars in the top eight after a strong performance from both Honda-powered teams.
After impressing throughout practice, both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri hit the ground running in Q1, with Sergio leading the way and all four drivers making it safely through in the top ten.
That form continued in Q2, where the medium tyre was the preferred compound and Sergio again led the way in second place, ahead of Max in third. Yuki also excelled in fifth position to ensure an eighth Q3 appearance of his career, and Pierre was just one position behind his team-mate, with all four on the mediums for the race start tomorrow.
In the final part of qualifying, a special lap from Max was unfolding as he looked to move up from third on the grid ahead of the Mercedes pair, and he put in two brilliant sectors to be over 0.2s up with just the final corner to go. Unfortunately Max went in too deep and hit the wall on the exit, so was unable to complete his lap and will start from third place.
Sergio’s final run was a little more tricky than the rest of the session as he ended up fifth, with Pierre joining him on the third row in sixth after another excellent qualifying lap. Yuki was impacted by traffic but still starts from eighth, giving all four a good chance of scoring points on Sunday.