Max Verstappen signs 100th pole in Red Bull history, Fernando Alonso 3rd

Winner of the sprint race earlier in the day, Max Verstappen took a fifth pole position in as many Grands Prix contested this season, giving Red Bull the 100th leading position in its history.

Published on 20/04/2024 à 10:21

Jeremy Satis

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Max Verstappen signs 100th pole in Red Bull history, Fernando Alonso 3rd

Max Verstappen on pole in Shanghai. © Paulo Maria / DPPI

  • He was kind enough to leave the pole sprint to his friend Lando Norris as an aperitif, but Max Verstappen stop laughing when the main course is served. The Dutchman took pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix this Saturday, without trembling and masterfully dominating the session. The Batavian will try to stay in front of Sergio Pérez at the end of the first turn this Sunday, and especially in front Fernando Alonso, author of the 3rd time behind the wheel of his Aston Martin.
  • behind the Red Bull and the feat of Fernando Alonso, the McLaren took over the Ferraris. Sprint poleman Lando Norris (4th) was ahead of his teammate Oscar piastri (5th), but the two men especially dominated the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc (6th) and Carlos Sainz (7th). There Team was less good in this session, after having achieved a promising sprint.
  • Note that Carlos Sainz came very close to the correctional system. Qualified 7th, the Spaniard was extremely lucky to restart after making a mistake in the last corner, halfway through Q2. The Ferrari driver went off, sliding two wheels into the gravel trap. He completely lost the rear, crossed the track and hit the wall twice, with the right front, then the right rear. After a minute of immobilization, he managed to restart and took advantage of the red flag to return to the track after some quick repairs.

  • Nice performance from Nico Hulkenberg, surprising 9th on the grid, and the 2019 pole sitter Valtteri Bottas, 10th and who will be in the points when the lights go out.
  • For the first time this season, both Alpine qualified for Q2. After a promising sprint race, which saw each driver overtake in the peloton, Esteban Ocon will start 13nd and Pierre Gasly 15th, enough to fuel hopes of first points for Sunday. Lance stroll will start 11th, ahead of a Daniel Ricciardo more lively and 12th, on a track that he tamed in 2018.
  • Second in qualifying on Friday and even in the sprint on Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton was eliminated in Q1. The Englishman made a small mistake which cost him dearly at the hairpin on a track that had changed quite a bit. He will start 18th, behind Guanyu-Zhou, disappointing 16th, and Kevin Magnussen (17th). This is still better than Yuki tsunoda (19th), bothered by a recalcitrant DRS, and Logan sargeant (20th), made a mistake once again…

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