Red Bull was dominant in Saudi Arabia as Sergio Perez won from pole ahead of teammate Max Verstappen.
Perez jumped out to a five-second lead over Fernando Alonso after a restart and Verstappen didn’t have a chance to close the gap after he got past Alonso. Verstappen started the race in 15th and climbed his way through the field before he got a huge break when a safety car was called for Lance Stroll’s stopped car on lap 18 of the 50-lap race.
Verstappen hadn’t pitted before Stroll’s car stopped and was able to get a free pit stop under the safety car and catch up to Perez, Alonso and George Russell ahead of him during the caution flag. He quickly moved past Russell and Alonso, but by the time he got past Alonso, Perez was too far off in the distance.
Alonso finished an incredibly distant third. At one point, both Perez and Verstappen were turning laps a second faster than Alonso.
Russell finished fourth ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in fifth. Hamilton was the only driver in the top 10 that started on hard compound tires and switched to mediums during the safety car. Hamilton came out of the pits behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and easily dispatched Sainz after the restart.
Sainz finished ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc in seventh. The Ferrari cars finished the race on hard tires like everyone else in the top 10 outside of Hamilton and simply didn’t have the pace of the Mercedes cars ahead of them. Esteban Ocon was eighth, his Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly was ninth and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen scored the final points-paying position.