Formula 1: Norris pips Verstappen for pole in Spain

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In what was an epic and tight battle, Lando Norris secured his second career pole Saturday afternoon ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen and the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Last on pole in Sochi in 2021, Norris was unable to challenge Verstappen for most of the third qualifying session, but a knockout final lap knocked the Dutchman off the top step by a narrow two hundredths of a second.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from qualifying as Norris seals stunning pole for Spanish Grand Prix

Q1 Results:

As has become customary this season, Q1 provided yet another surprise as qualifying standout Yuki Tsunoda and teammate Daniel Ricciardo both failed to move on to Q2 despite the RB duo sporting a new upgrade package for the weekend. Further up the field, Lewis Hamilton set the pace late in the session, clocking a 1:12.143s lap as he leapt to the top of the time sheets ahead of the pair of Ferrari’s, Verstappen, and Norris.

Drivers out in Q1:

  • 16th: Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 17th: Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
  • 18th: Daniel Ricciardo (RB)
  • 19th: Alex Albon (Williams)
  • 20th: Logan Sargaent (Williams)

Q2 Results:

Lance Stroll was first to set the pace in Q2 but was soon absorbed into the midfield as Verstappen dropped a mega-quick 1:11.653s lap to lead the session from Norris, Sainz, Piastri, LeClerc, and Russell. In a surprise showing, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon held true and put their Alpines in the top 10 at the expense of both Aston Martin’s, who failed to convert to Q3. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton faced relegation to Q2 but was able to bounce back at the end of the session, going P2 behind Verstappen.

Drivers out in Q2:

  • 11th: Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)
  • 12th: Valtteri Bottas (Kick Sauber)
  • 13th: Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)
  • 14th: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 15th: Zhou Guanyu (Kick Sauber)

Q3 Results:

Verstappen led the way early in the final qualifying session as he held a minor lead over Norris and Hamilton as the field set out on their initial runs. The top spot seemed to be unchallenged for much of the session as final runs began to end with Verstappen improving on his already quick time, however, Lando Norris suddenly went purple and green in multiple sectors to shock the Dutchman as he went quickest of all and secured his second career pole.

Norris and Verstappen will lead the field from the front row as Hamilton – with his best start of 2024 – will start 3rd alongside George Russell. The Ferrari pair of LeClerc and Sainz will start 5th and 6th, respectively, ahead of Pierre Gasly in seventh. Sergio Perez, who originally qualified 8th, will serve a three-place grid penalty, dropping him to 11th for Sunday’s start as Ocon, Piastri, and Alonso will all be promoted up one place.

With Saturday’s running concluded it’s time for race day in Barcelona. Tune in live for all the action starting at 15:00 local time and check back here for our post race report.

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DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
June 21stPractice 113:30 – 14:30
Practice 217:00 – 18:00
June 22ndPractice 312:30 – 13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
June 23rdRace15:00

Qualifying Results:

14Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:12.3861:11.8721:11.38312
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:12.3061:11.6531:11.40312
344Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:12.1431:11.7921:11.70118
463George RussellMERCEDES1:12.4561:11.8121:11.70316
516Charles LeclercFERRARI1:12.2571:12.0381:11.73112
655Carlos SainzFERRARI1:12.4031:11.8741:11.73612
710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:12.6511:12.0791:11.85718
811Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:12.4771:12.0541:12.06118
931Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:12.6911:12.1091:12.12518
1081Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:12.4601:12.011DNF16
1114Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.5051:12.12812
1277Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:12.7581:12.22712
1327Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:12.7081:12.31012
1418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.8811:12.37215
1524Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:12.8801:12.73815
1620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:12.9376
1722Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:12.9859
183Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:13.0759
1923Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:13.1536
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:13.5099