Verstappen Cuts Almost Five Tenths to Secure Pole in Australia

March 23, 2024Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) put on a sensational performance in Q3 setting the fastest lap then beating it to be the only driver to dip into the 1m15s lap times. Almost 5 tenths faster than his fastest lap in Q2. “It was a bit unexpected I think today in qualifying but very happy with Q3,” said Verstappen after the session. “I think both of those laps felt really, really nice and that was very enjoyable. It was bit of a tricky weekend so far but we managed to get there in the end, so I’m very happy with that.”

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) made a shocking exit in Q2 falling 2 tenths behind on pace to Fernando Alonso in P10. His teammate George Russell made it into Q3 and will start P7 on the grid. Hamilton will start P11. Mercedes will have their work cut out for them in the Grand Prix. With Aston Martin, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren all making leaps forward. Mercedes have not yet met the mark. If these set backs continue Mercedes will find themselves out of contention for a “top 4” spot.

Tsunoda Out Performs Ricciardo Again

Yuki Tsunoda made the cut to make Q3 again outperforming his teammate Daniel Ricciardo who finished behind in P18 after failing to make it into Q2. The controversy at Visa Cash App RB continues to stir as to whether Danila Ricciardo will be able to sustain these continued failures and keep his seat. Liam Lawson awaits his opportunity to shine after getting a taste of racing in 2023. Lawson turned heads last season after being called up for reserve driver duties due to Daniel Ricciardo injuring his hand.

With Ricciardo’s continued declining performances the whispers have started about an opportunity for Lawson to step in and help get Visa Cash App Red Bull’s season headed in the right direction.

Qualifying Results for the Australian Grand Prix

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:16.8191:16.3871:15.91521
255Carlos SainzFERRARI1:16.7311:16.1891:16.18518
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:16.8051:16.6311:16.27422
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:17.4301:16.7501:16.31519
516Charles LeclercFERRARI1:16.9841:16.3041:16.43520
681Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:17.3691:16.6011:16.57218
763George RussellMERCEDES1:17.0621:16.9011:16.72423
822Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:17.3561:16.7911:16.78818
918Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:17.3761:16.7801:17.07223
1014Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:16.9911:16.7101:17.55221
1144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:17.4991:16.96015
1223Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:17.1301:17.16715
1377Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:17.5431:17.34015
1420Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:17.7091:17.42713
1531Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:17.6171:17.69721
1627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:17.9768
1710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:17.98211
183Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:18.0856
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:18.1889
*Logan Sargeant will not participate in racing this weekend due to logistics issue with car parts.