Norris takes pole ahead of Verstappen

Norris takes pole ahead of Verstappen

McLaren driver Lando Norris stole pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix from Max Verstappen this Saturday after an epic final lap. The Alpine of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon placed themselves in the top 10 on the starting grid.

The final round of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix had Formula 1 fans in a tizzy. Confirming his good intentions this season, Lando Norris (McLaren) raced down the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in 1:11.383. Twenty thousandths better than the leader of the World Championship, Max Verstappen (Red Bull). The Briton wins his first pole in 2024, the second of his career after that of 2021 at the Russian GP. Behind this duo, the Mercedes managed a nice group shot on the second row. Lewis Hamilton climbs onto the podium of these qualifications (+0.318) by a breath in front of his compatriot George Russell (+0.320).

Ferrari also placed its two competitors on the same line. Respectively 5th and 6th, Charles Leclerc (+0.348) and Carlos Sainz (+0.353) will start from the third row this Sunday. The red cars will have in the rearview mirror Pierre Gasly (Alpine) who set the 7th time in this Q3. His teammate Esteban Ocon ranked 9th but he will however start alongside the other Alpine because Sergio Perez (Red Bull) received a penalty sanctioning him with three penalty places. The Mexican will therefore occupy 11th place, while it is Oscar Piastri (McLaren) who lost his means and finished Q3 in 10th place. The Australian went off the track, destroying his hopes of doing well.

The darling of the Barcelona public, Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), 11th and eliminated at the gates of Q3, will therefore start from 10th place this Sunday at the Spanish GP. His teammate Lance Stroll could not do better than 14th in Q2. At the back of the pack, the Williams Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant will start with little chance of being in the points. In front of them in 17th and 18th positions we find the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo. The start of the race will be at 3 p.m.

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