Formula 1: Norris claims pole in chaotic Sprint Qualifying


As rain fell and track conditions worsened it was Lando Norris who emerged on pole for Saturday’s Sprint Race, laying down a 1:57.940 lap time on the intermediate tires to put him 1.2 seconds ahead of 2nd place Lewis Hamilton and nearly 2 seconds ahead of 3rd place Fernando Alonso.

All drivers were improving in the rain-soaked SQ3, but it was Norris who reigned supreme, stating “I was quick, I just kept catching a Ferrari, so I had to keep backing off. I didn’t do the first two laps well at all, but I got a good final one, a good enough one for pole. I’m happy… sad it’s not for a proper qualifying, but it’s good enough”.

With only one practice session in dry conditions before the wet and rainy qualifying, Norris and others still question where the grid sits for Sunday’s race. The limited running left many wondering what a dry race will look like, especially with mixed conditioned expected for Saturday’s Sprint Race and race qualifying.

WATCH: Go onboard with Norris for his stunning wet pole lap during Sprint qualifying in Shanghai

Full Sprint Qualifying results are below, check out the weekend schedule and tune back in here for more updates as we await the first Sprint of 2024.



DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Apr. 19thPractice 111:30 – 12:30
Sprint Qualifying15:30 – 16:14
Apr. 20thSprint11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
Apr. 21stRace15:00

Sprint Qualifying Results:

14Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:36.3841:36.0471:57.94013
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:37.1811:36.2871:59.20115
314Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:36.8831:36.1191:59.91514
41Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:36.4561:35.6062:00.02812
555Carlos SainzFERRARI1:36.7191:36.0522:00.21415
611Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:36.1101:35.7812:00.37512
716Charles LeclercFERRARI1:36.5371:35.7112:00.56615
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:36.5421:35.8532:00.99015
977Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:37.1121:36.0562:01.04416
1024Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:37.5441:36.3072:03.53716
1163George RussellMERCEDES1:37.3101:36.34510
1220Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:37.0331:36.47310
1327Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:36.9241:36.47810
143Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:37.3211:36.5539
1518Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:36.9611:36.6778
1610Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:37.6326
1731Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:37.7206
1823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:37.8126
1922Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:37.8926
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:37.9236