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Leclerc takes Spanish GP pole position

Charles Leclerc at the Spanish GP. Credits: @ScuderiaFerrari (Twitter).

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has taken the pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula 1 was back at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for qualifying as we prepare for tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was the first driver in Q1 to set a somewhat competitive time, with 1:20.447s, although his teammate Max Verstappen quickly overtook him by 0.356s.

Later on in the session both Ferrari cars showed what they were capable of as they placed 1st and 2nd, with the fastest being Leclerc with 1:19.861s.

At the same time, Mercedes showed a strong qualifying pace as George Russell placed 4th with teammate Lewis Hamilton 5th, a good sign for the team struggling through the start of the season.

The eliminated drivers in Q1 were Latifi, Albon, Stroll, Alonso, and Vettel.

Russell and Hamilton showed their strong form in Q2 as they topped the standings after first outing. Ferrari and Red Bull drivers were not able to beat those lap times.

After a brief break, the majority of drivers left their garages for another flying lap attempt. Verstappen went on to set the best lap of the segment as both Mercedes drivers did not go out on the track. Norris, Ocon, Tsunoda, Gasly, and Zhou were eliminated.

It was about time for Q3, which determined the polesitter. Verstappen got to provisional pole after first attempt with Sainz and Perez behind. Leclerc, however, spun during in sector 3 chicane during his flying lap and returned to the pits.

The Monegasque led the pack for second run. His only flying lap was good enough to take the Spanish GP pole position. Meanwhile, Verstappen reported loss of power and was not able to respond. Sainz completed the top 3.

The results of Spanish GP qualifying:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Charles LeclercFerrari1:18.750
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.323
3Carlos SainzFerrari+0.416
4George RussellMercedes+0.643
5Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+0.670
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.762
7Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+0.858
8Kevin MagnussenHaas+0.932
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.547
10Mick SchumacherHaas+1.618
11Lando NorrisMcLaren1:20.471
12Esteban OconAlpine1:20.638
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:20.639
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:20.861
15Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:21.094
16Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:20.954
17Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:21.043
18Lance StrollAston Martin1:21.418
19Alexander AlbonWilliams1:21.645
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:21.915
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