Formula 1: Red Bull hit century mark for poles

SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 20: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed qualifier Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrate in parc ferme after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 20, 2024 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404200271 // Usage for editorial use only //

It’s an all Red Bull lockout for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix as Max Verstappen will lead teammate Sergio Perez to the grid in his 6th consecutive pole position, as Red Bull checked the box for their 100th pole in Formula 1 history. Rounding out the podium, in contrast to a dismal result in the Sprint race, was Fernando Alonso, nearly a half second back from Verstappen in his Aston Martin. The McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri would round out the top 5.

WATCH: Ride onboard with Verstappen as he flies to pole position during Chinese GP qualifying

Q1 Results:

The shock story of Q1 came as the Sprint Races 2nd place finisher, Lewis Hamilton, found himself with an early exit, being knocked out in 18th position as teams found pace in the evolving conditions in Shanghai. Yuki Tsunoda found himself on the short end of the grid after a blistering start to 2024, making his was into Q3 for the last 3 years, as he found himself mired in 19th for the start of Sunday’s race.

Drivers out in Q1:

  • 16th: Zhou Guanyu (Kick Sauber)
  • 17th: Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 18th: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 19th: Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
  • 20th: Logan Sargeant (Williams)

Q2 Results:

Verstappen set the pace once again in Q2 with a lap that saw the Red Bull nearly a half second ahead of Lando Norris. Then, soon after, Carlos Sainz spun his SF-24 into the barriers at the final corner, prompting a red flag period as Sainz was able to move his battered Ferrari to the garage for his team to assess the damage. With Q2 resumed with 6 minutes remaining, all drivers rushed to gap themselves as they queued in pit lane to avoid a compromised lap. Sainz, with a repaired front wing, rejoined in the final minutes to secure P3 in Q2, pushing himself back out of the danger zone.

Drivers out in Q2:

  • 11th: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 12th: Daniel Ricciardo (RB)
  • 13th: Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • 14th: Alex Albon (Williams)
  • 15th: Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

Q3 Results:

With much of the remaining drivers on fresh rubber it was Verstappen once again who shot to provisional pole – three tenths over Alonso and an additional tenth over teammate Perez. As the clock wound down, Verstappen on his final run went quicker still as Alonso and Perez battled for second on the grid with Perez ultimately winning out. Further down the field, the Ferrari duo of LeClerc and Sainz could only manage sixth and seventh ahead of George Russell. Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas would go on to round out the final spots.

With the grid set, the first Chinese Grand Prix since 2029 is set to fire off at 15:00 local time. Tune it to your local services for all the action and check back here for our post race report.


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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

Qualifying Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:34.7421:33.7941:33.66018
211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:35.4571:34.0261:33.98219
314Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:35.1161:34.6521:34.14815
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:34.8421:34.4601:34.16515
581Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:35.0141:34.6591:34.27316
616Charles LeclercFERRARI1:34.7971:34.3991:34.28920
755Carlos SainzFERRARI1:34.9701:34.3681:34.29717
863George RussellMERCEDES1:35.0841:34.6091:34.43320
927Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:35.0681:34.6671:34.60421
1077Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:35.1691:34.7691:34.66515
1118Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:35.3341:34.83812
123Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:35.4431:34.93412
1331Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:35.3561:35.22315
1423Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:35.3841:35.24114
1510Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:35.2871:35.46315
1624Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:35.5058
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:35.5166
1844Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:35.5736
1922Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:35.7469
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:36.3587