Verstappen nabs pole ahead of Alonso for Monaco GP

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202305270367 // Usage for editorial use only //

A wild and crazy qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix could end up being more edge-of-your-seat than the actual race.

With the track improving with every lap, Max Verstappen managed to put in a last lap, last sector performance that could rank among his best qualifying efforts to snatch pole from fan favorite, Fernando Alonso. This left Charles Leclerc in 3rd but he was given a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris’ McLaren on the last lap of qualifying.

A terrific performance from both Alpine’s up in 3rd and 6th for Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly respectively. Not so much for Red Bull’s Sergio Perez who will start from the back having crashed in Q1.

Qualifying Results:

POSNODRIVERCARQ1Q2Q3LAPS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:12.3861:11.9081:11.36530
214Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.8861:12.1071:11.44925
316Charles LeclercFERRARI1:12.9121:12.1031:11.47126
431Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:12.9671:12.2481:11.55326
555Carlos SainzFERRARI1:12.7171:12.2101:11.63028
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:12.8721:12.1561:11.72530
710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:13.0331:12.1691:11.93325
863George RussellMERCEDES1:12.7691:12.1511:11.96429
922Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:12.6421:12.2491:12.08229
104Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:12.8771:12.3771:12.25423
1181Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:13.0061:12.39522
1221Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:13.0541:12.42820
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:12.7061:12.52719
1418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.7221:12.62319
1577Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:13.0381:12.62522
162Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:13.11313
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:13.2709
1827Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:13.2798
1924Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:13.52313
2011Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:13.8504
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Fred

That was a fun qualifying. Seeing new guys on the poll even if only temporary was good. Too much emphasis on Lewis Hamilton, but it is British TV Also interesting to see the bottom of the Red Bull and Mercedes when the cranes picked them up off the tracks. Big day of racing tomorrow.

MIE

If this is domination by one team I’ll take it over the true domination we’ve had in the past. In 1992 Mansell was on pole by 0.873 from Patrese (his team mate). Senna in 3rd was 1.113 off pole. Red Bull may be undefeated this year, but their advantage over the rest is tiny compared to what we have seen in the past.