F1 2023 Japanese GP – Qualifying results

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was head and shoulders above the field to take pole position for the 2023 Japanese GP

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Max Verstappen asserted his dominance over the Formula 1 field with an unmatched lap to take pole position in the Red Bull for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, over half a second ahead of Oscar Piastri in the McLaren

Lando Norris in the second McLaren was third, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez in the sister Red Bull. Carlos Sainz was sixth, almost a second back from Verstappen. 

Both Mercedes were locked together, Lewis Hamilton just beating out George Russell to seventh place. Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10 in the Aston Martin

Saturday started with Liam Lawson finding out he won’t be AlphaTauri driver next season, and just missed out on Q3 by 0.043s, but hometown hero Yuki Tsunoda made into the top 10 shootout for the first time in 10 races and eventually placed ninth. 

Logan Sargeant brought out the red flag midway through Q1 after putting his Williams into the barrier on the final corner, just as he was about to start a flying lap.

F1 2023 Japanese GP – Qualifying results

PosDriverTeamQ3 Time
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:28.877
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren+0.581
3Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.616
4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.665
5Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.773
6Carlos SainzFerrari+0.973
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes+1.031
8George RussellMercedes+1.342
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+1.426
10Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+1.683
11Liam LawsonAlphaTauriEliminated in Q2
12Pierre GaslyAlpineEliminated in Q2
13Alexander AlbonWilliamsEliminated in Q2
14Esteban OconAlpineEliminated in Q2
15Kevin MagnussenHaasEliminated in Q2
16Valtteri BottasAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
17Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q1
18Nico HulkenbergHaasEliminated in Q1
19Zhou GuanyuAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
20Logan SargeantWilliamsEliminated in Q1
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