Verstappen on Pole in Wild Spanish GP Qualifying

June 3, 2023Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) secured his first Spanish GP Pole today. Verstappen ran 0.5 seconds faster than Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) in Q3. Verstappen stated, “The car was really good. Qualifying started off a bit tricky with the weather, but by Q3 the car was on rails. It was very enjoyable to drive today. I love the track, I love the fans and I have some great memories here.” Lando Norris (McLaren) was able to find pace that he hasn’t had all season to secure P3 for McLaren. Teammate Oscar Piastri also made it to Q3 and finished 10th. This is the fourth time both McLarens qualified in the top 10 in 2023 which offers a glimpse of positivity for the camp. Pierre Gasly finished 4th but was handed 2 separate 3 place grid penalties for impeding Verstappen and Sainz during qualifying dropping him to P10.

Multiple drivers had issues with patches of slickness as the rain created pockets of wetness on the track. There were multiple slide outs and spins as the drivers chose to remain on slicks because the conditions did not warrant intermediates. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) once again fell victim to qualifying after running wide into the gravel at turn 5 in Q2. The mistake ended his qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was able to carve out a P5 start ahead of teammate George Russell who failed to make it out of Q2. Both Aston Martins finished Q3 securing another double top 10 qualifying for the Aston Martin side this year.

Full Qualifying results are below

F1 Spanish GP Qualifying Results

1Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda RBPT1’12.272
255 Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1’12.7340.4620.639
3Lando NorrisMcLaren/Mercedes1’12.7920.5200.720
444 Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’12.8180.5460.755
518 Lance StrollAston Martin/Mercedes1’12.9940.7220.999
631 Esteban OconAlpine/Renault1’13.0830.8111.122
727 Nico HülkenbergHaas/Ferrari1’13.2290.9571.324
814 Fernando AlonsoAston Martin/Mercedes1’13.5071.2351.709
981 Oscar PiastriMcLaren/Mercedes1’13.6821.4101.951
1010 Pierre GaslyAlpine/Renault1’12.8160.5440.753
1111 Sergio PérezRed Bull/Honda RBPT1’13.3341.0621.469
1263 George RussellMercedes1’13.4471.1751.626
1324 Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1’13.5211.2491.728
1421 Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT1’14.0831.8112.506
1522 Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT1’14.4772.2053.051
1677 Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1’13.9771.7052.359
1720 Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1’14.0421.7702.449
1823 Alexander AlbonWilliams/Mercedes1’14.0631.7912.478
1916 Charles LeclercFerrari1’14.0791.8072.500
20Logan SargeantWilliams/Mercedes1’14.6992.4273.358

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