Event: Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix
Track: Baku street circuit

Qualifying Results 2023 Azerbaijan F1 GP

Sergio Perez driving the Red Bull Racing RB19 on track during qualifying ahead of the 2023 F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku

Weather: dry  20°C
Tarmac: dry  38°C
Humidity: 78%
Wind: 1 km/h S
Pressure: 1012 bar

Charles Leclerc qualified as quickest for the 19th time today. The Ferrari driver scored his third Baku pole position for tomorrow's 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It was his first pole of the season for the Monegasque driver and the 243rd pole for the Ferrari team.

Q1 Session

Alex Albon, the Williams driver, demonstrated the impressive speed of the FW45 by surpassing both Mercedes drivers. Following all drivers except Nyck de Vries and Carlos Sainz posting their lap times, Max Verstappen from Red Bull set the fastest lap time of 1:41.887 min on the street circuit.

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell could only manage P10 and P13. Charles Leclerc from Ferrari trailed behind Verstappen, 0.2s adrift, while Fernando Alonso secured the third position, 0.761 sec behind, in the Aston Martin. With 10:17 minutes to go, Nyck de Vries crashed head-on into the wall at turn 3, which resulted in the Q1 session being red-flagged.

After the session resumed, it was halted again with 7:32 minutes to go, as Pierre Gasly crashed his Alpine into the wall at turn 3, causing extensive damage to the entire right side of the A523, which forced him to withdraw from the session.

When the session resumed for the second time, drivers such as Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Gasly, De Vries and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) were struggling to make it into Q2. Sainz had not set a lap time until this point.

At the end of the session, Leclerc topped the timesheet, while Sainz, Tsunoda, and Ocon qualified for Q2, pushing out Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and both Haas drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen.

Q2 Session

In the second session, both Williams cars set the highest topspeed by recording the highest top speed, with Logan Sargeant topping the charts at 340 km/h. However, with 10 minutes to go, Sergio Pérez snatched the P1 spot with a time of 1:41.131 min, edging out his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen by a mere 0.062s. Fernando Alonso was hot on their heels, securing the third spot 0.269s behind Pérez.

With only five minutes remaining, Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon from Alpine, Oscar Piastri from McLaren, Valtteri Bottas from Alfa Romeo, and Logan Sargeant from Williams were in danger of missing out on Q3. However, Piastri managed to improve his time, securing a spot in Q3. Piastri's efforts pushed Mercedes driver George Russell out of Q3, despite Russell being only 0.004s slower than his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who qualified for Q3.

Q3 session

As the final qualifying session began, the sun had already started to dip low in the sky. Max Verstappen made an impressive start and managed to clock in at 1:40.445 min, placing him in P1. Charles Leclerc closely followed in second place with the exact same time, but his lap was set slightly later than Verstappen's. Sergio Pérez secured the third spot, trailing Leclerc by only +0.118s.

Charles Leclerc demonstrated his determination and skill on the track, pushing himself to the limit and ultimately setting the fastest time, beating Max Verstappen by nearly 0.2 seconds. The Monaco-born driver's exceptional performance even saw him narrowly avoid contact with the wall at turn 1.

The fastest sector times during this quali for the 2023 Azerbaijan F1 GP were:

  1. Sector 1: 35.177 sec. by Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
  2. Sector 2: 40.191 sec. by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  3. Sector 3: 24.667 sec. by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

The pole position time of last season in Baku was a 1:41.359 min driven by Charles Leclerc the Ferrari F1-75.

Quali Times 2023 Azerbaijan GP

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:41.269 1:41.037 1:40.203 21
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:41.398 1:40.822 1:40.391 20
3 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:41.756 1:41.131 1:40.495 21
4 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:42.197 1:41.369 1:41.016 24
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.113 1:41.650 1:41.177 24
6 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:41.720 1:41.370 1:41.253 23
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:42.154 1:41.485 1:41.281 20
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:42.234 1:41.569 1:41.581 23
9 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:42.524 1:41.576 1:41.611 23
10 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:42.455 1:41.636 1:41.611 24
11 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:42.073 1:41.654 18
12 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:42.622 1:41.798 19
13 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:42.171 1:41.818 19
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:42.582 1:42.259 19
15 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:42.242 1:42.395 19
16 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:42.642 11
17 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:42.755 10
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:43.417 9
19 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:44.853 6
NC 21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:55.282 3

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Qualifying Results 2023 Azerbaijan F1 GP

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    I didn't expect a Ferrari pole, although both Red Bulls will most likely overtake him in the race, given their superior race pace.

  2. donalf

    Sorry Jere but I'm going to think positive,, optomistic,, apart from GR I also support CL and would be overjoyed if he could hold off the RBs he's ot it & now he hasn't got sir Lulu pressurising him "hopefully" if he's in the right frame of mind could if not should have a good chance f a win. 😎

  3. shroppyfly

    Charlies on pole , yes and ? they started well last year too lol but Max should just pass them on the straights, Street circuits are a risk
    9-30am sprint quali 1 , wakey wakey , lots of coffee fire up the iptv lol


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