Verstappen storms from 15th to finish second as Perez wins in Red Bull 1-2 at Saudi Arabian GP with Hamilton fifth

SERGIO PEREZ pipped Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mexican started on pole at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit and drove brilliantly under relentless pressure from the chasing pack.

ReutersMexico’s Sergio Perez started the Saudi Grand Prix in pole position[/caption]

AFPDefending champion Max Verstappen aggressively hunted down his team-mate after starting in 15th place[/caption]

None were more relentless than defending champion Verstappen, who started in 15th and zoomed all the way to second place.

The Dutchman put his team-mate under serious pressure to maintain his lead and grab a big victory.

But Perez stayed composed in the face of a predatory Verstappen to take first place.

Sir Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile could only muster a fifth-placed finish after starting the race in seventh.

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