Verstappen takes dominant pole in Japan

SUZUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 21: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks to the media in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on September 21, 2023 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202309210087 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen was looking for redemption after a poor Singapore GP result and he found it on Saturday in Japan by crushing the opposition to take pole by over 5/10’s of a second. It was the largest pole delta since Michael Schumacher in 2004 in Japan.

The Mclaren’s were in rare form with Oscar Piastri besting teammate Lando Norris for 2nd and 3rd for Sunday’s race.

Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Results:

POSNODRIVERCARQ1Q2Q3LAPS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:29.8781:29.9641:28.87712
281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.4391:30.1221:29.45814
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.0631:30.2961:29.49312
416Charles LeclercFERRARI1:30.3931:29.9401:29.54214
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.6521:29.9651:29.65018
655Carlos SainzFERRARI1:30.6511:30.0671:29.85014
744Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:30.8111:30.0401:29.90818
863George RussellMERCEDES1:30.8111:30.2681:30.21915
922Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:30.7331:30.2041:30.30318
1014Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.9711:30.4651:30.56015
1140Liam LawsonALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:30.4251:30.50816
1210Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:30.8431:30.50912
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:30.9411:30.53712
1431Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:30.9601:30.58612
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:30.9761:30.6659
1677Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:31.0495
1718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:31.1817
1827Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:31.2996
1924Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:31.3986
NC2Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDESDNF2
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