With Max Verstappen having his fastest lap deleted for track limits, rookie Oscar Piastri won the pole for the Qatar GP Sprint Race.
–by Mark Cipolloni–
Almost all the drivers had their lap times deleted because track limit infractions by Piastri kept it clean in his #81 McLaren to win pole with a lap of 1m24.454s.
Piastri’s McLaren teammate Lando Norris was 2nd fastest just 0.082s behind.
“Very, very happy,” said Piastri. “It was a pretty good lap – I saw Lando on the big screen made a mistake, I don’t know how his lap was looking. Great work from the team. [Verstappen] is starting third so he’s not a million miles away but we’ll try our best.”
After winning the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Qatar GP, Max Verstappen will start third, 0.192s behind. He just has to finish third in the Sprint Race to seal his 3rd World driving title.
George Russell was 4th for Mercedes, 0.387s back, while his teammate Lewis Hamilton was not fast enough to make it out of Q2.
The Ferraris of Carlos Sainz jr and Charles Leclerc were 5th and 6th, although Fernando Alonso was originally 5th quick before being hit with a track limit infraction.
Can Piastri make it to the flag in front? Norris won’t like being shown up one bit, and he’ll be gunning for his teammate. But those two have Verstappen to contend with as well – and the Dutchman could be about to write his name in the history books. Not to be missed.
Qatar GP Sprint Race Qualifying Results
|1||Oscar Piastri||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m25.979s||1m25.496s||1m24.454s|
|2||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m25.672s||1m24.947s||1m24.536s|
|3||Max Verstappen||NED||Oracle Red Bull Racing||1m25.510s||1m25.199s||1m24.646s|
|4||George Russell||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||1m25.413s||1m25.027s||1m24.841s|
|5||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||1m25.872s||1m25.433s||1m25.155s|
|6||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m26.266s||1m25.367s||1m25.247s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||1m26.450s||1m25.499s||1m25.320s|
|8||Sergio Perez||MEX||Oracle Bull Racing||1m26.123s||1m25.143s||1m25.382s|
|9||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m25.936s||1m25.344s||No Time Set|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m26.072s||1m25.510s||No Time Set|
|11||Pierre Gasly||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m25.829s||1m25.686s||–|
|12||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||1m26.424s||1m25.962s||–|
|13||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||1m26.449s||1m26.236s||–|
|14||Liam Lawson||NZL||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m26.202s||1m26.584s||–|
|15||Zhou Guanyu||CHN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||1m26.669s||1m54.546s||–|
|16||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m26.849s||–||–|
|17||Alex Albon||THA||Williams Racing||1m26.862s||–||–|
|18||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m26.926s||–||–|
|19||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||1m27.438s||–||–|
|20||Logan Sargeant||USA||Williams Racing||2m05.741s||–|