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2024 F1 Chinese GP qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole

Max Verstappen took Red Bull’s 100th F1 pole position in the Chinese Grand Prix, the fifth round of the 2024 Formula 1 world championship.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Verstappen will start ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.

Chinese Grand Prix grid: Verstappen on pole from Perez

   
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Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Time km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull

1'33.660

209.519
2 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull

+0.322

1'33.982

208.801
3 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes

+0.488

1'34.148

208.433
4 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes

+0.505

1'34.165

208.395
5 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes

+0.613

1'34.273

208.157
6 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.629

1'34.289

208.121
7 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.637

1'34.297

208.104
8 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes

+0.773

1'34.433

207.804
9 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari

+0.944

1'34.604

207.428
10 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari

+1.005

1'34.665

207.295
11 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes

+1.178

1'34.838

206.917
12 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull

+1.274

1'34.934

206.707
13 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault

+1.563

1'35.223

206.080
14 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes

+1.581

1'35.241

206.041
15 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault

+1.803

1'35.463

205.562
16 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari

+1.845

1'35.505

205.471
17 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari

+1.856

1'35.516

205.448
18 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes

+1.913

1'35.573

205.325
19 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull

+2.086

1'35.746

204.954
20 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes

+2.698

1'36.358

203.653

What happened in Chinese Grand Prix Q1?

Verstappen set the pace with a lap time of 1m34.742s, 0.055s faster than Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari and a tenth clear of Lando Norris (McLaren).

Falling at the first hurdle were local hero Zhou Guanyu (Sauber), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), sprint race runner-up Lewis Hamilton (who locked up at the hairpin in his Mercedes), Yuki Tsunoda (RB) and Logan Sargeant (who spun his Williams).

Chinese GP Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Leclerc

   
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Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull 6

1'34.742

  207.126
2 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari 8

+0.055

1'34.797

0.055 207.006
3 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes 6

+0.100

1'34.842

0.045 206.908
4 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari 6

+0.228

1'34.970

0.128 206.629
5 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes 5

+0.272

1'35.014

0.044 206.533
6 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari 9

+0.326

1'35.068

0.054 206.416
7 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes 9

+0.342

1'35.084

0.016 206.381
8 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes 3

+0.374

1'35.116

0.032 206.312
9 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari 6

+0.427

1'35.169

0.053 206.197
10 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault 9

+0.545

1'35.287

0.118 205.942
11 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes 5

+0.592

1'35.334

0.047 205.840
12 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault 9

+0.614

1'35.356

0.022 205.793
13 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes 8

+0.642

1'35.384

0.028 205.732
14 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull 6

+0.701

1'35.443

0.059 205.605
15 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull 7

+0.715

1'35.457

0.014 205.575
16 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari 8

+0.763

1'35.505

0.048 205.471
17 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari 6

+0.774

1'35.516

0.011 205.448
18 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes 6

+0.831

1'35.573

0.057 205.325
19 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull 9

+1.004

1'35.746

0.173 204.954
20 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes 7

+1.616

1'36.358

0.612 203.653

What happened in Chinese Grand Prix Q2?

Verstappen topped this session with a time of 1m33.794s, 0.232s quicker than Perez.

Carlos Sainz spun his Ferrari into the wall on the exit of the final turn, causing a red flag. He managed to tour back to the pits, minus his front wing, and rejoined the session to finish an impressive third.

Knocked out at this point were Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Daniel Ricciardo (RB), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Alex Albon (Williams) and Pierre Gasly (Alpine).

Chinese GP Q2 results: Verstappen fastest from Perez

   
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Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull 12

1'33.794

  209.220
2 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull 13

+0.232

1'34.026

0.232 208.703
3 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari 10

+0.574

1'34.368

0.342 207.947
4 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari 14

+0.605

1'34.399

0.031 207.879
5 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes 9

+0.666

1'34.460

0.061 207.745
6 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes 14

+0.815

1'34.609

0.149 207.417
7 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes 9

+0.858

1'34.652

0.043 207.323
8 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes 10

+0.865

1'34.659

0.007 207.308
9 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari 15

+0.873

1'34.667

0.008 207.290
10 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari 12

+0.975

1'34.769

0.102 207.067
11 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes 12

+1.044

1'34.838

0.069 206.917
12 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull 12

+1.140

1'34.934

0.096 206.707
13 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault 15

+1.429

1'35.223

0.289 206.080
14 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes 14

+1.447

1'35.241

0.018 206.041
15 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault 15

+1.669

1'35.463

0.222 205.562

What happened in Chinese Grand Prix Q3?

On the first runs, Verstappen set the pole position benchmark at 1m33.977s, four tenths ahead of Alonso.

On the final runs, Verstappen improved to 1m33.660s to seal pole by 0.322s over Perez, also half a second clear of Alonso, Norris, Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz.

George Russell (Mercedes) will start eighth from Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) and Valtteri Bottas (Sauber).

Chinese GP Q3 results: Verstappen takes pole

   
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Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull 18

1'33.660

  209.519
2 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull 19

+0.322

1'33.982

0.322 208.801
3 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes 15

+0.488

1'34.148

0.166 208.433
4 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes 15

+0.505

1'34.165

0.017 208.395
5 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes 16

+0.613

1'34.273

0.108 208.157
6 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari 20

+0.629

1'34.289

0.016 208.121
7 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari 17

+0.637

1'34.297

0.008 208.104
8 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes 20

+0.773

1'34.433

0.136 207.804
9 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari 21

+0.944

1'34.604

0.171 207.428
10 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari 15

+1.005

1'34.665

0.061 207.295

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