F1, 2022 Saudi Grand Prix Highlights And Updates: Red Bull's Max Verstappen

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Formula One champion Max Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc three laps from the end of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for his first win of the season and 21st of his career on Sunday.

The race under floodlights was held two days after an attack on a nearby oil depot by Yemen’s Houthi rebels

Leclerc was aiming for back-to-back victories after winning the season-opener in Bahrain from pole position last Sunday,

but Verstappen overtook him on Lap 47 of 50 after some thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing between them.

Sergio Perez started from the first pole of his career at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as Formula One has been under heavy scrutiny for continuing its race weekend following an attack on a nearby oil depot.

Perez of Red Bull surged to the top of the chart for the first time in 215 career F1 races with a late push to edge Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. The Mexican’s lap pushed Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen — the world champion — to fourth on the starting grid.

But most of Saturday was focused on F1’s decision to continue at a circuit about 11 kilometers (seven miles) from the bombed, smoke-covered depot. The attack Friday happened during F1’s first practice session of the weekend and smoke could be seen billowing in the background of the circuit.