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Perez on Pole for Saudi Arabian GP Day After Nearby Attack

The Team Principals Press Conference ahead of final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix, in Jeddah, on March 26.

The Team Principals Press Conference ahead of final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix, in Jeddah, on March 26.

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Jiddah, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Sergio Perez won the first pole of his career Saturday at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where 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.