F1 2023 Azerbaijan GP – Qualifying results

Leclerc managed to wrestle pole position for Red Bull with his final flying lap of Q3.


Charles Leclerc put a bad start to the 2023 season behind him by ending Red Bull’s reign of dominance in qualifying with a stunning final lap to secure a hat trick of poles in Baku.

Max Verstappen couldn’t deny his former karting rival qualifying second with Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz sharing row two. Lewis Hamilton will start fifth on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Fernando Alonso could only manage sixth in front of Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda, who secured his first Q3 appearance of 2023, with Lance Stroll and Oscar Piastri rounding off the top 10.

Nyck de Vries gave his AlphaTauri mechanics plenty of headaches after crashing in Q1, bringing out the red flag and consigning him to last on the grid for Sunday’s race.

His AlphaTauri successor Pierre Gasly also joined him in the wall after suffering brake issues at Turn 3, slamming into the wall and ending his qualifying early.

F1 2023 Azerbaijan GP – Qualifying Results

1Charles LeclercFerrari1:40.203
2Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.188
3Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.292
4Carlos SainzFerrari+0.813
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.974
6Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+1.050
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+1.078
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+1.378
9Lance StrollAston Martin+1.408
10Oscar PiastriMcLaren+1.408
11George RussellMercedesEliminated in Q2
12Esteban OconAlpineEliminated in Q2
13Alex AlbonWilliamsEliminated in Q2
14Valtteri BottasAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q2
15Logan SargeantWilliamsEliminated in Q2
16Zhou GuanyuAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
17Nico HulkenbergHaasEliminated in Q1
18Kevin MagnussenHaasEliminated in Q1
19Pierre GaslyAlpineEliminated in Q1
20Nyck de VriesAlphaTauriEliminated in Q1
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