Verstappen on pole ahead of Sainz Jr

Verstappen on pole ahead of Sainz Jr

For the third time in three Grands Prix this season, Max Verstappen will start from pole position this Sunday in Melbourne. The Dutchman will start ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Sergio Perez.

The 2024 season seems to have started on the same basis as that of 2023… Winner of the first two Grands Prix of the season having started in pole position, Max Verstappen also took pole for the Australian Grand Prix this Saturday in Melbourne, the 35th of her career. Third in Q1 and Q2, the Red Bull driver gave everything in Q3, where he completed one of his laps in 1’15″915, 25 seconds from the end. He was ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr by 270 thousandths, visibly well recovered from his appendicitis (even if he admitted that he was still suffering in his car), and Sergio Perez by 359 thousandths.

“It’s a bit unexpected but I’m very happy with this Q3. The two laps I did were really enjoyable. Since yesterday, it’s been a bit complicated, but we were able to manage. The Ferraris seem really fast on the long runs, that’s a question we’ll try to answer, we’ll see tomorrow,” reacted the pole sitter as he got out of his car. The three-time world champion is above the rest, and it will take a combination of circumstances to deprive him of another victory on Sunday… Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc (who won the third free practice session a little earlier ) complete the Top 5 of this Q3.

Ocon a vu la Q2

A Q3 that Lewis Hamilton did not see. The Briton was in fact ejected from the Top 10 by Yuki Tsunoda at the very end of Q2, and will therefore start in eleventh position, behind Fernando Alonso. On the French side, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly will start 15th and 17th respectively on their Alpine. Ocon, however, saw it as a victory to advance to Q2, even if he finished last in this second part of qualifying. The start of the Grand Prix will be given on Sunday at 5:00 a.m. French time.

Remember that there will only be 19 drivers on the line, since Alexander Albon’s Williams was too damaged during his crash in the first free practice session and could not be repaired in time. He will therefore drive the car of his teammate Logan Sargeant, the British team believing that the Thai has a better chance of collecting points than the American.

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