Lando Norris Edges Out Max Verstappen for Spanish GP Pole with ‘Perfect Lap’

At the F1 Spanish Grand Prix, Lando Norris defeated Max Verstappen to take pole position in an exciting qualifying session.

F1 Spanish GP: Norris beats Verstappen to pole by 0.020s

After setting a blistering speed in the opening laps of Q3, Verstappen looked set to secure his eighth pole in ten races; however, Norris stole the victory with a spectacular lap at the very end, narrowly defeating the defending world champion by 0.020s.

After his first-ever victory in Miami, the 24-year-old British driver will be looking to turn this into his second career F1 pole.

“In parc ferme, it was almost a flawless lap,” Norris remarked. “You are getting excited when you are having a terrific lap.

However, everything worked out flawlessly in the end. Still close, but incredibly joyful.

Lando Norris Takes Pole For Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen Second,  Lewis Hamilton Third | Formula 1 News

“My finest pole position, I would say. Though I haven’t had many, the ones I have had have been the finest.

“It has been close all weekend but really it was about a perfect lap and that is what I did today.”

For the second race this season, Lewis Hamilton outqualified Mercedes teammate George Russell and finished in third place, his best qualifying performance of 2024 thus far, 0.320 seconds behind Norris.

Pierre Gasly turned in an incredible lap to place his Alpine seventh on the grid, but home hero and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, edged him out by just 0.005s to take fifth place.

Sergio Perez of Red Bull was only able to secure an eighth-place finish, but the Mexican will lose three positions ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, starting from position eleven on the grid.

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Oscar Piastri had to settle for tenth place when the McLaren driver wrecked his final lap of qualifying with a tumble through the gravel, while Esteban Ocon finished ninth in the other Alpine.

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin was 11th fastest overall after failing to qualify for the third round, and Valtteri Bottas of Sauber finished well in 12th.

Nico Hulkenberg of Haas was in 13th place, ahead of Zhou Guanyu of Sauber in 15th place and Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin in 13th.

Kevin Magnussen, driving a Haas, finished 16th in qualifying, just shy of the top spot. Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand, qualified 17th and 18th respectively, despite RB having upgraded their car for this weekend.

The slowest of all the Williams drivers, Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant, will start in positions 19 and 20 on the grid.