Lando Norris redeems McLaren with pole in Brazilian GP Sprint Shootout

Norris edged out Max Verstappen for pole position in the Brazilian GP Sprint Race.


Lando Norris put a disappointing Brazilian GP qualifying behind him as he secured pole position in the Sprint Shootout at Interlagos.

McLaren have looked competitive all weekend in Sao Paolo, but the team failed to capitalise on their pace in qualifying for Sunday’s grand prix after they mistimed their final runs of the session and were caught out by incoming rain which ruined their flying laps.

However, the Brit put that to bed for the Sprint race, edging out Max Verstappen by 0.061 seconds, with the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez to start from third on the grid.

That was despite the fact that Norris appeared unhappy with the lap on the radio, seemingly surprised that the pace was good enough to keep the dominant Verstappen from claiming yet another pole.

Mercedes qualified fourth and fifth with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton respectively, with Yuki Tsunoda a strong sixth for AlphaTauri.

Ferrari failed to translate their pace in practice onto the grid, with Charles Leclerc seventh and Carlos Sainz in ninth, split by the second AlphaTauri of Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri a disappointing 10th in the second McLaren on used soft tyres.

Ocon and Alonso collide

The first part of qualifying was brought to an abrupt end with just over 30 seconds left on the clock after Esteban Ocon crashed into the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso.

The Alpine appeared to lose it on the exit of the Senna S, suffering a snap of oversteer over the curbs, and careened into the side of Alonso before heading into the barriers.

Ocon immediately came on the radio to blame the Spaniard for the incident, saying that Alonso was loitering on the exit of a fast corner, while the Aston Martin appeared blindsided by the incident, which caused a lengthy delay to the start of SQ2.

It also caused Alonso to miss out on the further sessions, meaning that Aston Martin were brought back down to earth after locking out the second row of the grid for the grand prix with the Spaniard in 15th and teammate Lance Stroll back in 17th.

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