Verstappen secures 100th Red Bull pole for Chinese GP

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 20: Sprint winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 20, 2024 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404200120 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen hauled his Red Bull to the team’s 100th pole position on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. According to Max, the Sprint race gave the team a few clues on how to dial their car in for qualifying and it seemed to work a treat. Teammate Sergio Perez narrowly made it through Q1 and brought it home in Q3 for P2 behind Max with Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin in P3.

A bit of a surprise with both McLaren’s besting both Ferrari’s with Lando Norris in P4 and Oscar Piastri in P5. McLaren seemed to find their pace in China as the track does flatter their chassis.

After a crash into the wall on the last turn in Q2 for Carlos Sainz, he managed to fit a new nose and make it into Q3. That’s where things stalled for Ferrari as they looked set to slot in behind the red Bulls but McLaren outpaced them leaving Leclerc in P6 and Sainz in P7.

QUALIFYING RESULT

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m34.742s1m33.794s1m33.660s
2Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m35.457s1m34.026s1m33.982s
3Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1m35.116s1m34.652s1m34.148s
4Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m34.842s1m34.460s1m34.165s
5Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1m35.014s1m34.659s1m34.273s
6Charles LeclercFerrari1m34.797s1m34.399s1m34.289s
7Carlos SainzFerrari1m34.970s1m34.368s1m34.297s
8George RussellMercedes1m35.084s1m34.609s1m34.433s
9Nico HülkenbergHaas-Ferrari1m35.068s1m34.667s1m34.604s
10Valtteri BottasSauber-Ferrari1m35.169s1m34.769s1m34.665s
11Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m35.334s1m34.838s
12Daniel RicciardoRB-Honda RBPT1m35.443s1m34.934s
13Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m35.356s1m35.223s
14Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m35.384s1m35.241s
15Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1m35.287s1m35.463s
16Guanyu ZhouSauber-Ferrari1m35.505s
17Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m35.516s
18Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m35.573s
19Yuki TsunodaRB-Honda RBPT1m35.746s
20Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1m36.358s
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