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Max Verstappen’s Qatar Quest for 3rd Title Starts With Pole

Max Verstappen, entering the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix all but guaranteed to clinch the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship during the weekend, began it by scoring his 10th pole of the season.

Lando Norris initially qualified second, but lap deletions of both of his hot laps in Q3. After that, his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri’s time was also deleted for track limits, regulating him to sixth after qualifying fourth.

With all of that, the Mercedes teammates of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton ended up qualifying second and third respectively.


There were no incidents in the session.

1.VerstappenNetherlandsRed BullHonda RBPT
2.RussellGreat Britain MercedesWorks Team
3.HamiltonGreat BritainMercedesWorks Team
4.Fernando AlonsoSpainAston Martin AramcoMercedes
5.Charles LeclercMonacoFerrariWorks Team
6.PiastriAustralia McLarenMercedes
7.Pierre GaslyFranceAlpineWorks Team
8.Esteban OconFranceAlpineWorks Team
9.Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa RomeoFerrari
10.NorrisGreat BritainMcLarenMercedes


Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez both failed to make it into Q3, Perez due to a deleted lap time from track limits. There were no incidents in this round.

11.Yuki TsunodaJapanAlphaTauriHonda RBPT
12.SainzSpainFerrariWorks Team
13.PerezMexicoRed BullHonda RBPT
14.Alex AlbonThailandWilliamsMercedes
15.Nico HulkenbergGermanyHaasFerrari


There were no incidents in this session. The last to finish their hot lap was Albon, who nipped teammate Logan Sargeant by less than a tenth of a second. Sargeant will now go back to his home country in a couple of weeks still trying to beat Albon for the first time this season.

Lance Stroll was not happy after qualifying so far behind his teammate.

16.SargeantUnited StatesWilliamsMercedes
17.StrollCanadaAston Martin AramcoMercedes
18.Liam LawsonNew ZealandAlphaTauriHonda RBPT
19.Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaasFerrari
20.Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa RomeoFerrari

F1 2023 Qatar Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Next up on the Qatar Grand Prix weekend will be the F1 Sprint. Following the F1 Sprint Showdown earlier in the morning, lights out for the Sprint will be at 1:30 p.m. ET. Coverage will be on ESPN News.

About the author

Michael has watched NASCAR for 20 years and regularly covered the sport from 2013-2021. He moved on to Formula 1, IndyCar, and SRX coverage for the site, while still putting a toe in the water from time-to-time back into the NASCAR pool.

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