Qualifying Results: Hamilton takes his first pole position since Jeddah 2021
Lewis Hamilton will start ahead of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris in tomorrow's race.
This weekend F1 used a new qualifying format that required drivers to run on hard tires for Q1, medium tires for Q2, and soft tires for Q3.
In the final hour of practice, Hamilton led the way ahead of Red Bulls as teams prepared for qualifying later today.
Q1: Zhou surprisingly led timings as Russel was eliminated.
after the first runs on hard tires, Bottas led Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen with 1:18.775. A few drivers such as Magnussen, Albon, and Sargeant saw their lap time get deleted because of track limits.
with almost all the cars on track in the end, for their final run, there was traffic chaos as drivers searched for a gap which affected George Russel the most. The fastest time of the session was 1:18.143 by Zhou Guanyu.
Q2: Norris led Hamilton and Verstappen as Sainz dropped out.
Verstappen set an early benchmark of 1:17.296 but had his lap time deleted for exceeding track limits, leading Norris to take p1 ahead of Hamilton. Max only managed to take 3rd.
Surprisingly, Carlos Sainz missed out Q3 by 0.002s to Alonso's Aston Martin.
Q3: Hamilton took the pole as Zhou took his best qualifying result. Mclaren Upgrades seems decent in different track layouts
on first runs, Verstappen was a tenth clear of Norris and Hamilton. but as the final runs started, Max didn't improve his lap time which Allowed Lewis to take pole position by 0.003s, to take the record-braking ninth pole in a single track.
McLarens start on second row, ahead of Zho, LEclerc, Bottas, Alonso, Perez, and Hulkenberg.
Red Bull seems to have a little bit of work overnight as it doesn't seem like a straightforward weekend as usual for them. Based on what we saw from Mclarens in Silverstone it won't be a surprise to see one of them on the podium.