Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has qualified for the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix, but Carlos Sainz will start on pole position for Ferrari after being served a grid penalty at Spa-Francorchamps.
Seven drivers – Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Zhou Guanyu, Mick Schumacher and Valtteri Bottas – received grid penalties, with the rest of the field basically battling for the top 13 places on the grid. was
As a result, a messy Q3 lap for Sainz’s 2nd place saw Sainz start first ahead of Sergio Pérez, while Verstappen and Leclerc dropped to 15th and 16th respectively, taking 1st and 4th overall. will be
Ocon qualified fifth ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, but the Frenchman is behind Leclerc. Lewis Hamilton was ahead of Mercedes team-mate George Russell in seventh, while Alex Albon advanced to Q3 for the first time this season and finished provisional ninth.
Of course, each of these four drivers will be promoted to 3rd place, with Lando Norris, who qualified 10th, starting 18th on the grid.
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Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th for McLaren in Q2, missing out on the top 10, while AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly finished 12th. Zhou Guanyu, Lance Stroll and Mick Schumacher were eliminated from the second quarter as he ranked 13th to 15th respectively. But other penalties mean Ricciardo, Gasly and Stroll will start in the top ten on Sunday, while Zhou and Schumacher will start on the back row.
Q1 was delayed by 25 minutes and Sebastian Vettel was eliminated by 0.002 seconds in 16th when the session started, followed by Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in 17th, thus setting the benchmark above Sainz and Perez. It was Verstappen. to his P10 and P11 respectively on the grid.
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen finished 18th after a lockup at Turn 8, while Yuki Tsunoda locked up wide at the final chicane to finish 19th and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the standings in 20th. That trio sees him jump to 12th, 13th and 14th respectively in Sunday’s race.
Qualifying Highlights: Belgian Grand Prix
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Q1 – Verstappen sets the pace in one take
Grid penalties were a hot topic in the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday and Saturday. FP2 leaders Verstappen, Leclerc, Norris, Ocon, Zhou and Schumacher will receive back-of-the-grid penalties at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix. Bottas, on the other hand, has his 20-figure worth penalty for component selection.
Sainz and Perez therefore have a great chance of taking pole position as two of the 13 drivers are not waiting for a penalty for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
But what proved Verstappen to win in Q1 was when he set the first target of 1m44.581s. Latifi, Schumacher and both Alfa Romeos in provisional drop zone.
Mercedes struggled to warm up their tyres, and started Q1 with multiple jumps, including Russell 10th and Hamilton 11th. Neither Red Bull nor Ferrari came out for the second run, but the field as a whole still had time to improve.
Russell rounded out the top five by 1.069 seconds as Eau Rouge reported a drizzle of rain, with Albon splitting Mercedes in sixth and Hamilton in seventh. This left Norris in his eighth place, while Ricciardo dropped to his 13th place due to his limit violation on the track.
Ocon finished just ahead of Alonso, Alpine finished 9th and 10th, and Gasly was 12th.
Stroll finished 14th and Schumacher 15th, 10 places behind. Vettel said to his compatriot that he dropped out of Q1 by 0.002 seconds. Latifi and Magnussen missed Q2 and were next on board as the Haas drivers locked up at Turn 8.
Alfa Romeo driver Bottas’ 148 Q1 progression ended being knocked out in 20th behind Tsunoda, who locked up at the final chicane and finished 19th for the AlphaTauri.
Knockouts: Vettel, Latifi, Magnussen, Tsunoda, Bottas
Q2 – Leclerc Leads Red Bull, Albon Passes
Verstappen clocked a time of 1m44.723s in Q2, just 0.071s behind team-mate Perez. Sainz, meanwhile, was a further 0.6 seconds behind him in third place, with teammate Leclerc in his sixth position. “Jump like crazy at the top of the slow corner”.
Ricciardo sat in 15th place after the first untimed run, with Albon followed by Zhou, Stroll and Schumacher entering the provisional drop zone.
When Ricciardo showed up, he was towed by his McLaren counterpart Norris-Alpine after Ocon towed Alonso down the Kemmel Straight. In the meantime, Red Bull decided to call off another run.
Leclerc eventually moved into first place with a time of 1m44.551s, Verstappen second by 0.172s and Perez third by 0.243s. Sainz gave up another run in the second quarter as he finished fourth, 0.867 seconds behind. Meanwhile, Hamilton was his fifth and Russell his sixth.
Ocon finished eighth and pushed Alonso to ninth on his second run. Meanwhile, McLaren responded to Alpine’s teamwork with his ninth-placed Norris leading Ricciardo.
Finishing tenth in Q2 was Williams’ Alex Albon, who made the top ten for the first time this season and guaranteed at least sixth place on the grid.
Knockouts: Ricciardo, Gasly, Zhou, Stroll, Schumacher
Q3 – Verstappen Shows, Sainz Takes Pole
The four drivers – Verstappen, Ocon, Norris and Leclerc – were due to be relegated to the back of the grid in Q3. Nevertheless, the Dutchman took the lead on his first flying lap, setting a time of 1 minute 43.665 seconds, 0.6 seconds ahead of Sainz in second place.
‘Wait, what are these tires?! Anticipating a penalty, he would tow Sainz to help the Spaniard fight for pole – but the team accidentally stuck Monasque with the wrong set of softs.
Meanwhile, Perez set the 3rd fastest time due to the track limits, while Leclerc took 3rd despite a tire mess.
Verstappen made it all the way through qualifying and decided to sit as the fastest man on the track, while Leclerc only trailed teammate Rydillon and the Kemmel Straight. Sainz may have been underperforming as he lost his 0.3 in the first sector alone and kicked the gravel in sector two to lose more time. he didn’t improve.
But even though the top four didn’t win and Red Bull qualified, Sainz took second in Q3 to start from pole position, with Perez on the front row and Verstappen 15th in Sunday’s race, Leclerc. dropped to 16th place. .
Ocon rounded out the top five, but started 17th while Alonso, who qualified 6th, finished 3rd on the grid. Hamilton qualified seventh ahead of Mercedes team-mate Russell and joined Alonso on the second row while Albon started the race in sixth and finished ninth on Saturday.
Norris would start in 18th place behind Ocon to round out the top 10 for the third quarter.
“It wasn’t bad. I’m happy to start on pole position. I’m obviously not happy with the gap to Max this weekend and the gap to Red Bull. Why are Red Bull so fast at this track and why are they behind them?” We’ll have to keep digging to see if we’re there, but starting from pole is a good starting point and we’ll try to win from there tomorrow.” – Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
Sainz and Perez lead the front row for the Belgian Grand Prix, which starts at 16:00 local time on Sunday, while Verstappen and Leclerc catch up from 15th and 16th.go to race hub for a complete schedule.