Max Verstappen wins in Jeddah As Bearman Finishes Seventh

Max Verstappen achieves his second win of the 2024 F1 season in commanding fashion, yet Ferrari's newcomer Oliver Bearman shines in seventh.


By Ben Bush
Published on March 9, 2024

Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari – 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen flawlessly extended his winning streak to a ninth consecutive victory, aiming for his fourth straight F1 world championship, by leading Red Bull to another one-two finish in the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, came home in second, but it was Ferrari’s Oliver Bearman, stepping in unexpectedly, who shone brightly by finishing seventh in his first Formula 1 race.

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Verstappen’s victory marks his second of the 2024 season, placing him one win away from breaking his own record for consecutive F1 victories. The high-speed Jeddah track witnessed Verstappen’s dominance but the race also spotlighted the intense competition behind him, with Oliver Bearman, a British driver making a surprising debut, drawing significant attention.

Bearman, at 18, had only been informed he would be racing after Carlos Sainz’s sudden appendicitis diagnosis. Despite this, he qualified 11th in a car he was unfamiliar with, showing remarkable composure throughout the weekend. His debut under the Jeddah lights was memorable. He advanced to seventh place after overtaking Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu and maintained his position under pressure from fellow Brits Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on newer tyres towards the race’s end.

Bearman’s seventh-place finish not only scored him points on his debut but also made him the third youngest F1 driver of all time.

Perez’s second-place finish came after he overtook Leclerc early in the race, a position he maintained even after a Safety Car period caused by Lance Stroll’s crash. Leclerc finished third, with Perez’s penalty for an unsafe release during a pit stop narrowing their gap.

Oscar Piastri finished fourth for McLaren after a race spent chasing down Hamilton, who, along with several others, opted not to pit during the Safety Car. Fernando Alonso secured fifth in the remaining Aston Martin, with George Russell in sixth for Mercedes, ahead of Bearman, Norris, and Hamilton. Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the points for Haas with a commendable performance.

2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Race Result

11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing501:20:43.27325
211Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing50+13.643s18
316Charles LeclercFerrari50+18.639s16*
481Oscar PiastriMcLaren50+32.007s12
514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin50+35.759s10
663George RussellMercedes50+39.936s8
738Oliver BearmanFerrari50+42.679s6
84Lando NorrisMcLaren50+45.708s4
944Lewis HamiltonMercedes50+47.391s2
1027Nico HulkenbergHaas50+76.996s1
1123Alexander AlbonWilliams50+88.354s0
1220Kevin MagnussenHaas50+105.737s0
1331Esteban OconAlpine49+1 lap0
1422Yuki TsunodaRB49+1 lap0
152Logan SargeantWilliams49+1 lap0
163Daniel RicciardoRB49+1 lap0
1777Valtteri BottasSauber49+1 lap0
1824Zhou GuanyuSauber49+1 lap0
NC18Lance StrollAston Martin5DNF0
NC10Pierre GaslyAlpine1DNF0
*Fastest lap: Charles Leclerce (Ferrari) – 1:31.632 (lap 50)

Formula 1 picks back up again from March 22-24 for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix resuming a normal race weekend schedule of running from Friday through to Sunday.

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