Here in the LIVETICKER - qualifying for the GP of Saudi Arabia, from 6 p.m

Qualifying for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia is on the agenda. We’ll report live from 6 p.m. – see ticker below.

Here is the live ticker: World Champion Max Verstappen is also the big hunted on the second race weekend of the new F1 season. In practice, the two-time world champion beat his Mexican Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez and then the Spaniard Fernando Alonso in his Aston Martin to second place on the six-kilometer street circuit in Jeddah. The maximum for Mercedes was two fifth places from George Russell. Ferrari also had problems. RB advisor Helmut Marko: “We are satisfied. I think we found the right way in the set-up.” The Styrian also emphasizes that the field is “much closer together” than in Bahrain. Red Bull’s toughest adversary is likely to be Alonso. The 41-year-old veteran had already finished third two weeks ago in Bahrain behind Verstappen and Perez. In the faster second practice session on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the 2005 and 2006 World Champion was only 0.208 seconds short of Verstappen’s best time of the day – and that with a harder and therefore slower tire compound. Alonso: “Friday is never very representative. In Bahrain we were P1 on Friday and then in qualifying we were P5, almost P6.”

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