Event: Chinese Grand Prix
Track: Shanghai International Circuit

Weather: 20.0°C Dry & Wet
Tarmac: 28.2°C Dry & Wet
Humidity: 36.0%
Wind: 5.0 km//h South

Lando Norris Secures Pole in Thrilling Shanghai Sprint Qualifier

In an unpredictable and rain-affected Sprint Qualifying session, Lando Norris of McLaren emerged as the surprise pole-sitter for the upcoming 2024 Chinese Formula 1 Sprint. The Shanghai International Circuit, known for its challenging conditions, lived up to its reputation in what turned out to be a gripping afternoon of racing.

As the qualifying session progressed to its final and most critical phase, SQ3, the heavens opened, significantly altering track conditions and strategy dynamics. The sudden downpour made the track slippery, escalating the challenge for drivers to keep their cars within track limits and maintain control.

Lando Norris showcased his adaptability and skill by navigating the treacherous conditions brilliantly. Despite having his initial fastest lap time deleted for exceeding track limits, Norris made a spectacular comeback. In a nail-biting finish, he clocked a final lap that not only reinstated him at the top of the leaderboard but also secured him the pole position for Saturday's Sprint race.

Following closely in the action-packed session were Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who claimed the second and third starting positions, respectively. Hamilton, amid speculations of a possible appeal from Mercedes over Norris's lap, displayed remarkable pace, indicating a potential resurgence in form for the veteran driver.

The session was fraught with drama from the outset, with early eliminations in SQ1 affecting Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Alexander Albon, Yuki Tsunoda, and Logan Sargeant, who all struggled to make an impact in the wet conditions. The challenging weather continued into SQ2, where notable drivers such as George Russell, Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, and Lance Stroll found themselves sidelined.

The Sprint Qualifying not only tested the drivers' skills but also their strategic acumen, as teams had to make split-second decisions regarding tire changes and setups in response to the evolving weather. The top eight finishers were rewarded with points, adding an extra layer of competition and urgency to the proceedings.

As we look ahead to the Sprint race, all eyes will be on Norris, who is eager to convert his pole position into a victory. His performance in qualifying suggests he has the pace and precision needed to lead from the front, but with seasoned competitors like Hamilton and Alonso in close pursuit, the race promises to be an exhilarating affair.

Stay tuned for what promises to be a thrilling chapter in the 2024 F1 season at the Shanghai International Circuit, where strategy, skill, and a bit of luck will determine who gets to stand on the podium.

1:31.547 was the pole position lap time of last qualifying session in 2019. This lap time was driven by Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes W10.

Sprint Quali Times 2024 Chinese GP

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:36.384 1:36.047 1:57.940 13
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.181 1:36.287 1:59.201 15
3 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:36.883 1:36.119 1:59.915 14
4 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.456 1:35.606 2:00.028 12
5 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:36.719 1:36.052 2:00.214 15
6 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:36.110 1:35.781 2:00.375 12
7 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.537 1:35.711 2:00.566 15
8 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:36.542 1:35.853 2:00.990 15
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber 1:37.112 1:36.056 2:01.044 16
10 24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber 1:37.544 1:36.307 2:03.537 16
11 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:37.310 1:36.345 10
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:37.033 1:36.473 10
13 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:36.924 1:36.478 10
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo Racing Bulls 1:37.321 1:36.553 9
15 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:36.961 1:36.677 8
16 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:37.632 6
17 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:37.720 6
18 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:37.812 6
19 22 Yuki Tsunoda Racing Bulls 1:37.892 6
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:37.923 6

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2 F1 Fan comments on “Sprint Qualifying Report & Results 2024 Chinese F1 Sprint

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    The left tyres were still on the white line, so reinstating was justified, but what a mixed-up top 10 order caused by wet-weather conditions.
    Ricciardo finally managed to out-qualify Tsunoda & by quite a decent margin, monocoque change or not, & as did Gasly & Magnussen for a change.
    Hopefully, no more fire incidents over the remaining weekend, though.

  2. Oscar Yin

    As a Chinese formula one fan,I'm glad to know that Zhou had good results in sprint qualifying. Because this is his first home game, All the three Chinese fans hope he can give a nice performance. And about Sauber, Please don't appear and create any more problems.


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