F1 starting grid tomorrow: Spanish Grand Prix qualifying results

Max Verstappen at the Spanish Grand Prix. (Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images)
Max Verstappen at the Spanish Grand Prix. (Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images) /

The F1 starting grid tomorrow has been set with some surprise qualifying results adding intriguing to the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Spanish Grand Prix is the seventh race of the Formula 1 calendar and there’s a good chance Red Bull will notch their seventh win of the campaign.

That’s because Max Verstappen roared to a fourth pole position of the year while rivals Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc left qualifying feeling frustrated.

Leclerc complained of car problems throughout Q1 and his times reflected that. He could only produce a time good enough for P19, nowhere near good enough to advance to Q2.

Perez also struggled for pace and squeaked into Q2 where his run ended thanks in part to a slide into the gravel at Turn 5.

Home town hero Carlos Sainz benefited from the likes of Perez, Leclerc and George Russell dropping out early to take second place on the grid. He has a chance to make the crowd go wild on Sunday with his first podium finish at the Spanish Grand Prix.

If you need a reminder, here’s how qualifying works.

F1 starting grid tomorrow for Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
  3. Lando Norris, McLaren
  4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  5. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
  6. Esteban Ocon, Alpine
  7. Nico Hulkenberg, Haas
  8. Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin
  9. Oscar Piastri, McLaren
  10. Pierre Gasly, Alpine*
  11. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
  12. George Russell, Mercedes
  13. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
  14. Nyck de Vries, AlphaTauri
  15. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  16. Valterri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
  17. Kevin Magnussen, Haas
  18. Alex Albon, Williams
  19. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
  20. Logan Sargeant, Williams

*Gasly finished qualifying in P4 but he was assessed two three-place grid penalties for impeding Verstappen and Sainz.

F1 standings 2023: Driver Standings before Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Max Verstappen: 144 points
  2. Sergio Perez: 105 points
  3. Fernando Alonso: 93 points
  4. Lewis Hamilton: 69 points
  5. George Russell: 50 points
  6. Carlos Sainz: 48 points
  7. Charles Leclerc: 42 points
  8. Lance Stroll: 27 points
  9. Esteban Ocon: 21 points
  10. Pierre Gasly: 14 points
  11. Lando Norris: 12 points
  12. Nico Hulkenberg: 6 points
  13. Oscar Piastri: 5 points
  14. Valtteri Bottas: 4 points
  15. Zhou Guanyu: 2 points
  16. Yuki Tsunoda: 2 points
  17. Kevin Magnussen: 2 points
  18. Alexander Albon: 1 point
  19. Nyck De Vries: 0 points
  20. Logan Sargeant: 0 points

F1 standings 2023: Constructor Standings before Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Red Bull Racing: 249 points
  2. Aston Martin: 120 points
  3. Mercedes: 119 points
  4. Ferrari: 90 points
  5. Alpine: 35 points
  6. McLaren: 17 points
  7. Haas: 8 points
  8. Alfa Romeo: 6 points
  9. Alphatauri: 2 points
  10. Williams: 1 point

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