F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Leclerc takes Spanish GP pole

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, the sixth round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, bouncing back from an early Q3 spin.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Leclerc takes Spanish GP pole

Leclerc will start ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz 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.

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Spanish Grand Prix qualifying results: Leclerc on pole from Verstappen

Cla   Nº   Driver   Car   Time   Delay 
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'18.750  
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'19.073 0.323
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'19.166 0.416
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'19.393 0.643
11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1'19.420 0.670
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'19.512 0.762
77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'19.608 0.858
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1'19.682 0.932
3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 1'20.297 1.547
10  47 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1'20.368 1.618
11  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1'20.471 1.721
12  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'20.638 1.888
13  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Red Bull 1'20.639 1.889
14  10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Red Bull 1'20.861 2.111
15  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'21.094 2.344
16  5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'20.954 2.204
17  14 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 1'21.043 2.293
18  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'21.418 2.668
19  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'21.645 2.895
20  6 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1'21.915 3.165

What happened in Spanish Grand Prix Q1?

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez set the early pace at 1m20.447s and then gave a slipstream to Verstappen as he opened his lap, the world champion producing a 1m20.091s.

Sainz took P1 with 1m19.892s but was quickly beaten by Leclerc on 1m19.861s. Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton took fourth and fifth respectively.

Kevin Magnussen jumped up to an impressive fifth on his final lap for Haas, ahead of Hamilton. Perez dropped to eighth, behind Valtteri Bottas’s Alfa Romeo, and then went off at Turn 7 on an attempted second push lap.

Falling at the first hurdle were Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin – missing the cut by 0.074s), Fernando Alonso (who suffered a disastrous out lap that mired his Alpine in traffic), Lance Stroll (Aston) and the Williams duo of Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi.

Spanish Grand Prix Q1 results: Leclerc fastest from Sainz

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap Interval
1 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'19.861    
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1'19.892 0.031 0.031
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'20.091 0.230 0.199
4 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 1'20.218 0.357 0.127
5 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 1'20.227 0.366 0.009
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'20.252 0.391 0.025
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1'20.355 0.494 0.103
8 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'20.447 0.586 0.092
9 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1'20.476 0.615 0.029
10 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'20.549 0.688 0.073
11 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'20.683 0.822 0.134
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'20.707 0.846 0.024
13 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'20.719 0.858 0.012
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'20.838 0.977 0.119
15 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'20.880 1.019 0.042
16 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'20.954 1.093 0.074
17 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'21.043 1.182 0.089
18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'21.418 1.557 0.375
19 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 1'21.645 1.784 0.227
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'21.915 2.054 0.270

What happened in Spanish Grand Prix Q2?

Hamilton set the bar at 1m19.794s but was quickly topped by Russell’s 1m19.470s, while their rivals ran on used tyres early on.

On his final lap, Sainz took P1 with 1m19.453s, 0.017s faster than Russell who, like Hamilton and Leclerc (who slipped to seventh), didn’t run again.

Verstappen wasn’t to be denied, however, and unleashed a 1m19.291s on his new-tyre run, 0.234s clear of the pack. Magnussen took fifth again, ahead of Perez.

Knocked out at this point were McLaren’s Lando Norris, who had his fastest time deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 12, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), the AlphaTauris of Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo).

Spanish Grand Prix Grand Prix Q2 results: Verstappen fastest from Sainz

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap Interval
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'19.219    
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1'19.453 0.234 0.234
3 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 1'19.470 0.251 0.017
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'19.794 0.575 0.324
5 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 1'19.810 0.591 0.016
6 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'19.830 0.611 0.020
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'19.969 0.750 0.139
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1'20.053 0.834 0.084
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'20.287 1.068 0.234
10 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'20.436 1.217 0.149
11 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'20.471 1.252 0.035
12 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'20.638 1.419 0.167
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'20.639 1.420 0.001
14 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'20.861 1.642 0.222
15 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1'21.094 1.875 0.233

What happened in Spanish Grand Prix Q3?

On the first runs, Hamilton set the early pace at 1m19.664s, which was beaten by Sainz at 1m19.423s and then Verstappen on an impressive 1m19.073s. Meantime, Leclerc spun on his first lap at the final chicane.

Perez took P3, four tenths off the pace, ahead of Russell, Hamilton and Bottas – with practice dominator Leclerc failing to set a time at this point.

On the final runs, Leclerc leapt to pole on a sensational 1m18.750s as Verstappen reported “no power” and was forced to abort his last attempt.

Sainz took third behind Verstappen on 1m19.166s, despite a poor first sector, Russell took fourth with 1m19.393s, ahead of Perez, Hamilton, Bottas, Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Mick Schumacher (Haas).

Spanish Grand Prix Q3 results: Leclerc takes pole

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap Interval
1 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'18.750    
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'19.073 0.323 0.323
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1'19.166 0.416 0.093
4 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 1'19.393 0.643 0.227
5 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'19.420 0.670 0.027
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'19.512 0.762 0.092
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1'19.608 0.858 0.096
8 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 1'19.682 0.932 0.074
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'20.297 1.547 0.615
10 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'20.368 1.618 0.071
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