Norris on pole for Sprint race in China

The Chinese Grand Prix Sprint qualifying session started in calm terms but ended in a washed out, chaotic event that saw Lando Norris take his McLaren to pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso..

SQ1 and SQ2 had the threat of rain with SQ2 experiencing a drizzle at the end of the session. SQ3 became increasingly wet leaving precious little time for the drivers to get not only a banker lap but their final lap in.

With conditions like this, the great drivers rise to the top so no mystery that Lewis Hamilton dragged his Mercedes up to P2 despite the team being on their back foot in FP1. Also, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri showed that McLaren’s pace was better than FP1 revealed.

Lando’s pole lap was deleted handing pole to Lewis briefly until the stewards reinstated Norris’s lap for pole. The stewards agreed that he did not gain an advantage for the track limit infraction that had garnered the penalty.

For Red Bull, Max Verstappen struggled mightily with grip in the wet but I suspect Max and Sergio Perez may have the right setup for the Sprint race and the grand prix on Sunday.

Sprint qualifying result

1Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m36.384s1m36.047s1m57.940s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m37.181s1m36.287s1m59.201s
3Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1m36.883s1m36.119s1m59.915s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m36.456s1m35.606s2m00.028s
5Carlos SainzFerrari1m36.719s1m36.052s2m00.214s
6Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m36.110s1m35.781s2m00.375s
7Charles LeclercFerrari1m36.537s1m35.711s2m00.566s
8Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1m36.542s1m35.853s2m00.990s
9Valtteri BottasSauber-Ferrari1m37.112s1m36.056s2m01.044s
10Guanyu ZhouSauber-Ferrari1m37.544s1m36.307s2m03.537s
11George RussellMercedes1m37.310s1m36.345s
12Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m37.033s1m36.473s
13Nico HülkenbergHaas-Ferrari1m36.924s1m36.478s
14Daniel RicciardoRB-Honda RBPT1m37.321s1m36.553s
15Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m36.961s1m36.677s
16Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1m37.632s
17Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m37.720s
18Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m37.812s
19Yuki TsunodaRB-Honda RBPT1m37.892s
20Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1m37.923s
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