Verstappen, Perez on front row for Japanese GP

SUZUKA, JAPAN - APRIL 06: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed qualifier Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrate in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on April 06, 2024 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404060255 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red Bull have bounced back to performance for the Japanese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez locking out the front row for Sunday’s race.

The bigger question might be, what has happened to Ferrari with their 4th and 8th place qualifying effort? No doubt that performance can be track specific but the Susuka circuit certainly isn’t doing Ferrari any favors.

The surprise was Lando Norris and his McLaren in P3 as they didn’t seem to have the pace during the free practice sessions while Mercedes looked sharp. Come qualifying, however, the roles were reversed.

Qualifying Results:

POSNODRIVERCARQ1Q2Q3LAPS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:28.8661:28.7401:28.19712
211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.3031:28.7521:28.26312
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:29.5361:28.9401:28.48913
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:29.5131:29.0991:28.68212
514Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.2541:29.0821:28.68612
681Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:29.4251:29.1481:28.76012
744Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:29.6611:28.8871:28.76615
816Charles LeclercFERRARI1:29.3381:29.1961:28.78612
963George RussellMERCEDES1:29.7991:29.1401:29.00815
1022Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:29.7751:29.4171:29.41318
113Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:29.7271:29.47212
1227Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:29.8211:29.49412
1377Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:29.6021:29.59312
1423Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:29.9631:29.7149
1531Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:29.8111:29.81612
1618Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.0246
1710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:30.1196
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:30.1319
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:30.1396
2024Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.1436
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