Checo Perez claims victory in Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen climbs 13 places to finish second

Mexican driver Sergio "Checo" Perez dominates the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, taking the lead in the drivers' championship with his fifth F1 victory, while Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso complete the podium.

Mexican driver Sergio “Checo” Perez won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after winning Pole Position on Saturday and dominating the race for all 50 laps. With this victory, Checo Perez becomes the leader of the drivers’ championship.

The podium was completed by Max Verstappen, who climbed 13 places from the starting point, and in third place was Spain’s Fernando Alonso, who has two consecutive podium finishes.

This is the first time the Mexican driver has won this Grand Prix after retirement, finishing off the podium on his second attempt. Perez added his fifth victory in his Formula 1 career and his 26th podium.

The last victory had been at the Singapore Grand Prix last season. The Mexican was able to withstand the pressure of Max Verstappen throughout the race, who was up to 4.5 seconds behind Checo Perez but settled for second place.

Spain’s Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), who again caused a sensation on Sunday by finishing third in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the second of the Formula One World Championship, celebrated his 100th podium finish in the premier class on Sunday at the Jeddah street circuit; two weeks after the previous one and his third in a year and four months.