Formula 1: Sergio Perez wins in Saudi Arabia as Fernando Alonso loses podium
Sergio Perez held off team-mate Max Verstappen to take a Red Bull one-two in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Verstappen fought up from 15th on the grid to fourth place before a safety car closed up the field and brought him into contention for victory.
But after passing Mercedes’ George Russell and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, Verstappen could not catch Perez and had to settle for second.
Alonso finished third but took a post-race penalty dropping him to fourth.
The Spaniard was penalised five seconds for not being correctly in his grid slot at the start of the race.
He served it in his pit stop, but it was adjudged that the team had broken the rules by touching the car before the five seconds had elapsed and he was given a 10-second penalty as a result, promoting Russell to third.
Lewis Hamilton took fifth, after briefly challenging Russell following the restart after the safety car, ahead of the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
It was Red Bull’s second consecutive one-two at the start of a season they have begun with every impression they will be almost impossible to beat.