F1 2023 Japanese GP Starting Grid – Final Grid Positions

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen posted the best time in qualifying and is first on the starting grid for the 2023 Japanese GP


Any doubts about Red Bull‘s performance and issues related to ‘flexi-wings’ were well and truly put to bed on Saturday when Max Verstappen blew the competition out the water with phenomenal lap time to take first position on the starting grid for the 2023 Japanes GP

Verstappen had been head and shoulders above the rest of the field in Suzuka, topping all three practice sessions, then opening a 0.581s gap to Oscar Piastri in the McLaren who starts second on the grid. Lando Norris will line up in third position.

Even the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc couldn’t get close to the Dutchman and he starts in fourth position. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez placed his car in fifth position on the grid, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz just behind in sixth place.

Next up are the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who are seventh and eighth on the grid, respectively. Then comes hometown hero Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri in ninth place, with Fernando Alonso rounding out the top 10 in the Aston Martin.

2023 Japanese GP starting grid

1Max VerstappenRed Bull
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren
3Lando NorrisMcLaren
4Charles LeclercFerrari
5Sergio PerezRed Bull
6Carlos SainzFerrari
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes
8George RussellMercedes
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
10Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
11Liam LawsonAlphaTauri
12Pierre GaslyAlpine
13Alexander AlbonWilliams
14Esteban OconAlpine
15Kevin MagnussenHaas
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
17Lance StrollAston Martin
18Nico HulkenbergHaas
19Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
20Logan Sargeant*Williams

Logan Sargeant – Setup of the car has been changed while under Parc Fermé. Required to start race from the pit lane.

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