Max Verstappen took pole position ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. with an incredible lap which saw him finish over four tenths ahead of the Spaniard. Lando Norris impressed and managed to put his car on the second row in third alongside Pierre Gasly.
It was an action-packed qualifying session, with multiple shock exits along the way, which will make it an interesting race tomorrow afternoon.
Q1 – Hamilton Quickest, Leclerc Shock Exit
Q1 saw an action-packed 18 minutes, with the threat of rain looming over the track and constant running from the drivers. The session got going with a few teams looking to get out quickly, some got laps in but within a few minutes there was a red flag due to gravel on the track after Alexander Albon, Nyck de Vries, Yuki Tsunoda and Guanyu Zhou all went off track.
Logan Sargeant will start twentieth on the grid tomorrow, after struggling with the conditions. His Williams Racing team-mate Albon was also knocked out and will start directly ahead of him on the grid in eighteenth.
The biggest shock of the session was the struggles of Charles Leclerc. The Scuderia Ferrari driver struggled for the whole session to improve his lap times and the final running of the session saw him fall all the way down to nineteenth, where he will start tomorrow’s race.
Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas were also knocked out and will start seventeenth and sixteenth respectively. Sergio Pérez just scraped through in fifteenth too, with the Mexican driver really struggling with the conditions.
Pierre Gasly impeded two drivers in the session and will be investigated no doubt for both incidents and will likely serve a penalty as Leclerc did in Monaco.
Q2 – Russell and Pérez Out!
Q2 saw another action-packed session without the threat of rain but the track was constantly improving and all fifteen drivers were seeking an opportunity to get through into Q3.
The Scuderia AlphaTauri pair of Tsunoda and de Vries will start in fifteenth and fourteenth, but the whole weekend has marked an improvement for de Vries, who has shown some good pace. Zhou was the lone driver for Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake after Bottas was knocked out in Q1, but could only put in a lap good enough for thirteenth.
There was another shock in the session, George Russell was once again struggling to hook the car up and fell short and will now start twelfth on the grid in tomorrow’s race. To add to that, he collided with his team-mate at the start of his final push lap too.
Pérez was also knocked out for Oracle Red Bull Racing after leaving it late and going into the gravel, ruining his new soft tyres and later impacting his final push attempt. That means both Pérez and Russell will be starting eleventh and twelfth on the grid tomorrow.
Norris was on some real form for McLaren F1 Team finishing behind Verstappen, while Oscar Piastri also got through to Q3.
Q3 – Verstappen On Pole, Sainz and Norris Behind
Verstappen took pole position with an incredible lap at the start of Q3, which ended up almost half a second ahead of Sainz in second. Norris put his car in an impressive third position, giving him a real chance at big points in tomorrow’s grand prix.
Gasly qualified in fourth with a good lap, but will worry about a potential penalty for impeding both Verstappen and Leclerc. Hamilton really should have been on the front row based on his pace throughout the session but fell short on his final run and will start in fifth tomorrow.
Lance Stroll out-qualified his teammate for the first time this season and will start sixth, while Fernando Alonso will start in ninth after having some issues with his car. Esteban Ocon and Nico Hülkenberg will start in seventh and eighth while Piastri will be hoping to score a points finish after qualifying in tenth.
The race tomorrow will be an important one for multiple drivers and with Leclerc, Russell and Pérez coming from lowly positions, it has all the ingredients for an exciting and interesting race.
|1||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT||1:13.615||1:12.760||1:12.272||20|
|3||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:13.295||1:12.776||1:12.792||22|
|4||Pierre Gasly||ALPINE RENAULT||1:13.471||1:13.186||1:12.816||21|
|6||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES||1:13.766||1:13.082||1:12.994||23|
|7||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||1:13.433||1:13.001||1:13.083||21|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||HAAS FERRARI||1:13.420||1:13.283||1:13.229||18|
|9||Fernando Alonso||ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES||1:13.747||1:13.098||1:13.507||18|
|10||Oscar Piastri||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:13.691||1:13.059||1:13.682||20|
|11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT||1:13.874||1:13.334||17|
|13||Zhou Guanyu||ALFA ROMEO FERRARI||1:13.677||1:13.521||16|
|14||Nyck De Vries||ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT||1:13.581||1:14.083||16|
|15||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT||1:13.862||1:14.477||19|
|16||Valtteri Bottas||ALFA ROMEO FERRARI||1:13.977||10|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||1:14.042||9|
|18||Alexander Albon||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:14.063||8|
|20||Logan Sargeant||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:14.699||6|