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Starting Grid for F1 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Race

Lewis Hamilton had Sprint Pole snatched from him by Lando Norris in a thrilling Sprint Qualifying session which set the starting grid for the 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Race

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In a thrilling conclusion to the Sprint Qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit, Lando Norris clinched the pole position for the 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Race, overcoming challenging wet conditions that added an extra layer of drama to the session. Norris, driving for McLaren, saw his initial fastest lap time deleted due to track limit violations but had it reinstated just in time, securing P1 with a time of 1m 57.940s.

Lewis Hamilton narrowly missed the top spot, settling for P2 after a fierce competition that saw him temporarily in the lead. Right behind him, Fernando Alonso demonstrated remarkable skill to take third place, showcasing the competitive spirit of Alpine. Max Verstappen, who had some off-track excursions during the session, ended up in fourth place, followed by Carlos Sainz who rounded out the top five for Ferrari.

Sergio Perez faced a tough session but managed to secure a respectable sixth place, ensuring a strong starting position for Red Bull. Charles Leclerc, despite a slip off the track, clinched seventh place. Oscar Piastri, the rookie sensation, secured eighth, continuing his impressive debut season.

The top ten was completed by the Sauber team, with Valtteri Bottas and home favorite Zhou Guanyu finishing ninth and tenth, respectively. Zhou’s performance was particularly noteworthy, earning him cheers from the local fans, delighted to see their compatriot excel on home soil.

George Russell, caught out by the rain in the final moments of SQ2, missed a top ten start and will begin the Sprint Race from P11. The session was also disappointing for the Haas team, with both Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg failing to advance beyond P12 and P13.

The Sprint Race, set for 11am local time on Saturday, promises to be an electrifying event with the starting grid set and drivers ready to battle under what are expected to be clearer skies. The strategic implications of the Sprint Qualifying results could significantly influence the championship standings as the season progresses.

F1 Chinese GP 2024 – Sprint Race Starting Grid

PosDriverTeam
1Lando NorrisMcLaren
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes
3Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
4Max VerstappenRed Bull
5Carlos SainzFerrari
6Sergio PerezRed Bull
7Charles LeclercFerrari
8Oscar PiastriMcLaren
9Valtteri BottasSauber
10Zhou GuanyuSauber
11George RussellMercedes
12Kevin MagnussenHaas
13Nico HulkenbergHaas
14Daniel RicciardoRB
15Lance StrollAston Martin
16Pierre GaslyAlpine
17Esteban OconAlpine
18Alexander AlbonWilliams
19Yuki TsunodaRB
20Logan SargeantWilliams
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