Event: Spanish F1 Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

F1 Qualifying Results 2021 Spanish Grand Prix & Pole Position

2021 Spanish Grand Prix, Friday - Steve Etherington

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Lewis Hamilton scored his 100th F1 pole position of his career, during the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session today. The Mercedes driver will start from P1 for the sixth time in Spain. It was the 129th pole for the Mercedes F1 team.

Q1
After 10 minutes delay due to repairs of the barrier in turn 9 after a crash in earlier race series, qualifying started off.
All cars got on their way and nobody crashed during Q1. Pierre Gasly drove a great lap with the Alpha Tauri being 3rd.

After the first stint the following drivers had to go faster to get into Q2: Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), MIck Schumacher (Haas), NIcholas Latifi (Williams) and Nikita Mazepin (Haas).

In the end only Lance Stroll made it into Q2. He pushed out rookie Yuki Tsunoda in the AlphaTauri. Lando Norris who also almost got pushed out put in a great lap and even got P1 in this Q1 being the only one in the 1:17 min.

Q2
Nobody dared to fit medium tyres on their car to get into Q3. The tyre compound you drive your best lap time on  in Q2 is the tyre compound you have to use for the start of the race.

Max Verstappen was the quickest by far after the first stint. He was the first to get below 1:17 min and even was 0.4s quicker than Valtteri Bottas on P2 in the Mercedes.

After the first stint the drivers who were in the elimination zone were: Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), George Russell (Williams) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo).

Ocon and Perez were able to improve their lap time enough to get into Q3. They both pushed out Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly.

Q3
After Q2 it's interesting to see that both Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine drivers made it into Q3. The shoot out for pole was kicked off by Lando Norris. He drove a very good lap in the McLaren with a 1:18.010, but ended up. Perez had spun in turn 13 and caused a short yellow period of yellow flags. At the end of the first stint of Q3 Lewis Hamilton was on top with a time of 1:16.741. Verstappen was only 0.036s slower on P2 and Bottas on P3 on 0.132s behind Hamilton.

The second stint was kicked off by Hamilton who improved in sector 1, but didn't improve his lap time. He still was quick enough to score an never seen 100 pole positions! Verstappen was 2nd and Bottas 3rd.

The pole time of last years Portuguese GP was a 1:18.348 min driven by Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes.

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Qualifying Times 2021 Spanish GP

PosNoDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Laps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.2451:17.1661:16.74119
233Max VerstappenRed Bull1:18.0901:16.9221:16.77714
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:18.0051:17.1421:16.87316
416Charles LeclercFerrari1:18.0411:17.7171:17.51018
531Esteban OconAlpine1:18.2811:17.7431:17.58015
655Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:18.2051:17.6561:17.62015
73Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:18.2641:17.7191:17.62214
811Sergio PérezRed Bull1:18.2031:17.6691:17.70117
94Lando NorrisMcLaren1:17.8211:17.6961:18.01017
1014Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:18.2811:17.9661:18.14717
1118Lance StrollAston Martin1:18.2411:17.97412
1210Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:18.1901:17.9829
135Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:18.2891:18.07912
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:18.5491:18.35612
1563George RussellWilliams1:18.44511
1622Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:18.5566
177Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:18.9176
1847Mick SchumacherHaas1:19.1179
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:19.2199
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:19.8079


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4 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2021 Spanish Grand Prix

  1. David Gladwin

    Boring. No even worth watching highlights on UK TV. The only good thing is that Fernando is sorting out the Alpine. I'm mildly surprised that altho it seems the Haas is pretty awful Mr Marzipan hasn't sorted it yet.

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    • JAMES GOLDUP

      Totally agree with the last comments, F1 is digging its own grave, dominated by one drive and big MONEY When compared to Fangio and Moss, Stewart and truly great Italian drivers, They were the greats. Note driver?.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Yes, Jax, we get the point. LOL It was nice to see Sir Lewis get his 100th pole especially since he beat the Dutch kid and Uncle Marko, but let's remember that they run the race on Sunday.

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