Event: Spanish Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

Weather: dry  24.0°C
Tarmac: dry  36.2°C
Humidity: 68.0%
Wind: 4.3 km/h South

Lando Norris qualified as quickest for the 2nd time today. The McLaren driver scored pole position for tomorrow's 2024 Spanish Grand Prix for the first time. It was also his second pole of the season for the British driver and the the 157th pole for McLaren.

Norris Snatches Barcelona Pole Away From Verstappen

The 2024 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session was a thrilling display of skill and strategy at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Divided into three segments, Q1, Q2, and Q3, the session saw intense competition and surprising results.

Q1: Early Exits and Unexpected Surprises

The first segment of qualifying, Q1, was a tough battle for many teams. The session began with Logan Sargeant and Zhou Guanyu taking to the track early, trying to set competitive times on a cooling surface. As the session progressed, drivers struggled with grip and track conditions.

Notably, Lewis Hamilton required an additional set of tires to secure his spot in Q2, indicating that Mercedes wasn't as dominant as expected. As the clock wound down, several drivers found themselves in precarious positions. In the end, Kevin Magnussen, Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo, Alex Albon, and Logan Sargeant were eliminated, failing to make the cut for Q2.

Q2: Big Names Drop Out

The second qualifying segment, Q2, saw more surprises. With the track evolving and drivers pushing harder, it became clear that making it to the final segment would be no easy feat. Aston Martin's struggles continued as both Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll failed to progress, highlighting the team's challenges this weekend.

Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, and Zhou Guanyu also couldn't secure a spot in Q3, leaving them outside the top ten. Alonso, in particular, missed out by just two hundredths of a second, a testament to the session's competitiveness.

Q3: Norris Grabs Pole in a Dramatic Finish

The final segment, Q3, was nothing short of spectacular. Lando Norris, who had been showing strong pace throughout the weekend, put together a near-perfect lap to claim pole position for McLaren. His time of 1m 11.653s was just enough to edge out Max Verstappen by a mere 0.020s.

Mercedes showed a marked improvement in form, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell locking out the second row. Hamilton narrowly out-qualified his teammate by just 0.002s, highlighting the close competition within the team. Ferrari secured the third row, with Charles Leclerc slightly ahead of Carlos Sainz by 0.005s.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez, who had played a supporting role by giving Verstappen a tow, ended up in P8 but will start P11 due to a grid penalty. The rest of the top ten included Pierre Gasly in seventh, Esteban Ocon in ninth, and Oscar Piastri, who had his time deleted but still managed P10.

Qualifying Quickest Sector Times

The quickest sector times during this free practice were set by:

  • Sector 1: 21.333 by Carlos Sainz with the Ferrari SF-24.
  • Sector 2: 28.402 by Lando Norris with the McLaren MCL38.
  • Sector 3: 21.493 by Max Verstappen with the Red Bull RB20.

Quotes from the Drivers

Lando Norris expressed his joy, calling it his best pole position yet and thanking the fans for their support. "It's been an incredible two months for us since Miami, and this pole is a testament to our hard work."

Max Verstappen acknowledged the improvement in qualifying but noted the challenges ahead. "The practice sessions were tough, but we found our rhythm. It's going to be an exciting race."

Lewis Hamilton praised his team for their efforts. "It's been a difficult year, but we're making strides. The car is coming together, and we're ready to fight."

Looking Ahead

With a mixed weather forecast and a slippery track expected for the race, the Spanish Grand Prix promises to be an exciting and unpredictable event. Norris will be keen to convert his pole position into a victory, while Verstappen, Hamilton, and the rest of the grid will be eager to challenge him.

Join us tomorrow at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) for what promises to be a thrilling race.

Last year the quickest lap time during qualifying was a 1:12,272 min, driven by Max Verstappen with the Red Bull RB19, which was almost a full second slower than today

Quali Times 2024 Spanish F1 GP

14Lando NorrisMcLaren1:12.3861:11.8721:11.38312
21Max VerstappenRed Bull1:12.3061:11.6531:11.40312
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.1431:11.7921:11.70118
463George RussellMercedes1:12.4561:11.8121:11.70316
516Charles LeclercFerrari1:12.2571:12.0381:11.73112
655Carlos SainzFerrari1:12.4031:11.8741:11.73612
710Pierre GaslyAlpine1:12.6511:12.0791:11.85718
811Sergio PérezRed Bull1:12.4771:12.0541:12.06118
931Esteban OconAlpine1:12.6911:12.1091:12.12518
1081Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:12.4601:12.011DNF16
1114Fernando AlonsoAston Martin1:12.5051:12.12812
1277Valtteri BottasSauber1:12.7581:12.22712
1327Nico HülkenbergHaas1:12.7081:12.31012
1418Lance StrollAston Martin1:12.8811:12.37215
1524Zhou GuanyuSauber1:12.8801:12.73815
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas1:12.9376
1722Yuki TsunodaRacing Bulls1:12.9859
183Daniel RicciardoRacing Bulls1:13.0759
1923Alex AlbonWilliams1:13.1536
202Logan SargeantWilliams1:13.5099

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Qualifying Results 2024 Spanish F1 GP

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Aston Martin, Checo, & Oscar are the biggest disappointments, while Alpine is a positive surprise.
    I certainly hope Lando can convert pole position into victory, but I'm skeptical about this, albeit I hope I'm wrong.


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