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F1 qualifying results: Max Verstappen takes Qatar GP pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole position for Sunday’s Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix as McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri lost their best times to track limits violations.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

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Verstappen will start ahead of Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton 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.

As this is a sprint weekend format, these sessions set the grid for Sunday’s race and have no impact on Saturday’s sprint event.

Qatar GP qualifying results: Verstappen on pole from Russell

Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Time   Gap 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'23.778  
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'24.219 0.441
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'24.305 0.527
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'24.369 0.591
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'24.424 0.646
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'24.540 0.762
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'24.553 0.775
31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'24.763 0.985
77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'25.058 1.280
10  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes - -
11  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'25.301 1.523
12  55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'25.328 1.550
13  11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'25.462 1.684
14  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'25.707 1.929
15  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1'25.783 2.005
16  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1'26.210 2.432
17  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'26.345 2.567
18  40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'26.635 2.857
19  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1'27.046 3.268
20  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'27.432 3.654

What happened in Qatar GP Q1?

Verstappen set the early pace at 1m26.884s, which was quickly pipped by Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin with 1m26.715s, then Charles Leclerc’s 1m26.444s in his Ferrari. Norris then set the pace, but the McLaren driver’s 1m26.043s was deleted for exceeding track limits.

The track’s condition was improving throughout, with Alonso retaking P1 with 1m25.685s on his first set of tyres. Leclerc reset the bar on a second set of tyres with 1m25.452s, before Norris took P1 away with 1m25.131s and Verstappen beat them all with 1m25.007s.

Falling at the first hurdle were Logan Sargeant (pipped by Williams team-mate Alex Albon on his last lap by 0.092s), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Liam Lawson (AlphaTauri), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo).

Qatar GP Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Norris

Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Time   Gap   Laps 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'25.007   8
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1'25.131 0.124 7
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'25.223 0.216 9
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'25.266 0.259 9
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'25.334 0.327 9
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'25.452 0.445 10
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'25.566 0.559 10
31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'25.711 0.704 10
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'25.808 0.801 10
10  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1'25.904 0.897 6
11  11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'25.991 0.984 10
12  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'26.038 1.031 9
13  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'26.058 1.051 10
14  44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'26.076 1.069 9
15  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'26.118 1.111 10
16  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1'26.210 1.203 10
17  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'26.345 1.338 10
18  40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'26.635 1.628 10
19  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1'27.046 2.039 9
20  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'27.432 2.425 9

What happened in Qatar GP Q2?

Verstappen set the initial pace – ominously on used rubber – at 1m24.758s, until the fresh-tyred McLarens of Piastri and then Norris pushed him back to third.

After a wild battle for track position with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, Verstappen improved to 1m24.483s to retake P1, two tenths ahead of Norris. In the closing moments, Hamilton grabbed P1 by a tenth.

Knocked out at this point were Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), a struggling Sainz, Sergio Perez (whose Red Bull had a lap deleted), Albon and Nico Hulkenberg (Haas).

Qatar Grand Prix Q2 results: Hamilton fastest from Verstappen

 Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Time   Gap   Laps 
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'24.381   6
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'24.483 0.102 6
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1'24.685 0.304 8
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'24.724 0.343 8
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'24.827 0.446 6
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'24.918 0.537 7
31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'24.928 0.547 8
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'25.079 0.698 9
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'25.241 0.860 6
10  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'25.297 0.916 6
11  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'25.301 0.920 6
12  55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'25.328 0.947 8
13  11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'25.462 1.081 6
14  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'25.707 1.326 5
15  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1'25.783 1.402 6

What happened in Qatar GP Q3?

On the first runs, Verstappen set the pace at 1m23.778s, half a second clear of Hamilton after Norris lost his first flying lap due to track limits.

On the final runs, Verstappen bailed out into the pits after going wide. Norris jumped up to second, three tenths down, but lost his laptime after running over the white line at Turn 10.

Russell inherited a spot on the front row, ahead of Piastri – but the Australian too was then pinged for track limits, which promoted Hamilton, Alonso and Leclerc ahead of him.

The Alpines of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas (Alfa) and a gutted Norris rounded out the top 10.

Qatar Grand Prix Q3 results: Verstappen takes pole

Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Time   Delay   Laps 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'23.778   5
63 George Russell Mercedes 1'24.219 0.441 6
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'24.305 0.527 5
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'24.369 0.591 6
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'24.424 0.646 7
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'24.540 0.762 6
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'24.553 0.775 6
31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'24.763 0.985 6
77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'25.058 1.280 6
10  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes - - 6

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