F1 2023 Spanish GP Starting Grid – Final Grid Positions

Max Verstappen produced a spectacular time in qualifying to start from first place for the 2023 Spanish GP, leading Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz on the front row

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Max Verstappen in the Red Bull was a class apart as he qualified first on the F1 starting grid for the 2023 Spanish GP in Barcelona, and will be joined on the front row by Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who will be backed by his home crowd. 

As has been the case all season, Red Bull were a step ahead of the other F1 team, with Verstappen almost half a second ahead of Sainz in qualifying. 

Surprisingly, Lando Norris put his McLaren third on the grid in Barcelona, and will start the race alongside Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes after Pierre Gasly was given a grid penalty. 

The Alpine driver was penalised for blocking Sainz and Verstappen in qualifying, and was this handed two three-place grid drops, meaning he starts 10th. 

Pos.DriverTeam
1Max VerstappenRed Bull
2Carlos SainzFerrari
3Lando NorrisMcLaren
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes
5Lance StrollAston Martin
6Esteban OconAlpine
7Nico HulkenbergHaas
8Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
9Oscar PiastriMcLaren
10Pierre Gasly*Alpine
11Sergio PerezRed Bull
12George RussellMercedes
13Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
14Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
17Kevin MagnussenHaas
18Alexander AlbonWilliams
19Charles Leclerc*Ferrari
20Logan Sargeant*Williams
  • Pierre Gasly – 6 place grid penalty – Impeding other drivers
  • Charles Leclerc – 15 place grid penalty – Additional power unit elements have been used
  • Leclerc & Logan Sargeant – Required to start from the pit lane – Car modified in Parc Fermé

Disaster for Leclerc

With changeable conditions in Barcelona on Saturday, there were a number of big name casualties in qualifying. The biggest of those was Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari who could only qualify in 19th place after having to deal with an issue on the left side of his car. 

Elsewhere, George Russell couldn’t make it out of Q2 and will start 12th in the Mercedes. To compound his disappointment he also had a coming together with teammate Lewis Hamilton and was given a formal warning by the stewards for an abnormal change of direction. 

It didn’t end there, as the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez also came a cropper in Q2 and will start 11th on the grid for the 2023 Spanish GP. 

John Smith
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