F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 Qualifying – Highlights

Follow all the action LIVE with Total Motorsport as teams and drivers are back on the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying

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As the Formula 1 season progresses, the intensity mounts at the Shanghai International Circuit with the qualifying session for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix. Qualifying determines the starting grid for the race as teams and drivers vie for the coveted pole position.

Qualifying at the Shanghai track, known for its long straights and demanding corners, is a supreme test of engineering excellence and driver skill. The session unfolds in three parts – Q1, Q2, and Q3 – each adding to the suspense as teams employ strategic gambles to ensure their drivers are in the optimal position to advance and ultimately compete for the top spots.

The circuit’s characteristic 1.2 km back straight, combined with a mix of fast and technical turns, challenges drivers to deliver flawless laps while managing their tyres and fuel efficiently. The tension in Q3 reaches its peak as drivers push their machines to the limit, often resulting in breathtakingly close finishes and surprise shake-ups in the grid order.

Stay tuned as we provide live updates, expert analysis, and all the action from the track. This qualifying session at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix is set to be a strategic chess game, so keep this page refreshed for the latest updates.

F1 2024 Chinese GP LIVE – Latest Qualifying Updates


Goodbye!

And that’s all for now! But don’t go anywhere because we’ll have all the reaction and analysis coming up next, and don’t forget to tune in at 8:00 GMT tomorrow for the main event too! See you then…

Report: Verstappen roars to Chinese GP pole

Verstappen: It was a lot of fun

It’s a century of poles for Red Bull, and Max Verstappen told F1 afterwards that he had a blast:

“After the sprint race it gave us a few more ideas for the car and it worked even better in qualifying now so definitely happy with the way qualifying went. The conditions were pretty good so it was a lot of fun.

“Coming out of a race when you then go back to low fuel it takes a lap to get comfortable again.”

Perez pleased with ‘intense’ qualifying

Sergio Perez survived Q2 but went on to complete a front-row lockout for Red Bull, and told F1 afterwards:

“It was very intense, nearly got knocked out in Q1, got traffic with one of the Williams and just made it through, it was just a very messy start to qualifying.

“Then Q2 we were making nice progress through the session but unfortunately in the end it was just not enough to get Max. We can be fighting from there and we showed today we have fairly good pace in the long run so I look forward to tomorrow.

“It’s everything to play for tomorrow”

Alonso admits to setup ‘guesses’

Fernando Alonso got by far the biggest cheer for the F1 post-qualifying interviews:

“I had a moment in turn one and two, so I said I keep going or abort the lap but we didn’t give up, kept pushing and set a good laptime.

“I think the car did improve from this morning, we made a few setup changes, it’s the same for everybody you can’t change the car completely but you can make some small changes.

“Some are just guesses and tomorrow afternoon we’ll know the answer.”

Red Bull’s 100th pole

It’s an important milestone for Red Bull, 15 years after their first! Here’s the provisional classification then, with Hulkenberg under investigation for those handbags in the pitlane right at the start of qualifying:

  1. Max Verstappen 1:33.660
  2. Sergio Perez +0.322
  3. Fernando Alonso +0.488
  4. Lando Norris +0.505
  5. Oscar Piastri +0.613
  6. Charles Leclerc +0.629
  7. Carlos Sainz +0.637
  8. George Russell +0.773
  9. Nico Hulkenberg +0.944
  10. Valtteri Bottas +1.005

Who’s second when the music stops?

Wow. Verstappen’s pole never looked in doubt but the battle for second was oh-so-fierce! Alonso, Sainz, Leclerc, Piastri and Norris all jumped into it before Alonso pushed himself back onto the front row before Perez finally knocks him off with the final lap of the day!

Verstappen takes pole position!

It was never in any doubt was it? Verstappen finds another improvement on the final lap as his front-row partner keeps changing…

Perez with setup error

The Mexican admitted he’d gone the wrong way with a late setup change on the front wing but he’ll be able to reverse that before his final run, which is coming up very soon!

Verstappen fastest

Apparently not. Bottas hasn’t run yet but Verstappen is almost four-tenths ahead of second-placed Alonso, with Sergio Perez then a further tenth behind and all other challengers over half a second away.

Q3 underway

Can anyone stop Verstappen?

Verstappen looking ominous

He’s topped both qualifying sessions so far, clearly taking his sprint pole miss yesterday personally…

Stroll eliminated in Q2

Sainz didn’t seem at all shaken by his bump, he’s straight back on the limit and goes second! That (along with other late improvements) pushes Stroll out, alongside Ricciardo, Ocon, Albon and Gasly!

10. Valtteri Bottas +0.975

11. Lance Stroll +1.044

12. Daniel Ricciardo +1.140

13. Esteban Ocon +1.429

14. Alex Albon +1.447

15. Pierre Gasly +1.669

Hamilton: Mercedes split setups once again

As Russell extended his lead in the Mercedes qualifying battle, Hamilton told Sky Sports that he went for the wrong setup as Mercedes continue to experiment. On track, Ricciardo, Albon, Sainz and the Alpines need to improve to reach Q3…

“We’re trying to experiment with the car so I went one way a long way and he went another way, that’s what we have to do at the moment and it didn’t work”

Q2 is GO!

Russell is the first driver out, he’s the only one not to set a time apart from Sainz.

Restart time confirmed

We’ll be underway in just three minutes’ time! The action will restart at 15:45 track time – it’s 15:42 now.

Running order – 6:44 to go

The Ferrari garage is a hive of activity with Sainz’s car looking recoverable as long as there’s not further invisible damage beyond the front-wing. With less than seven minutes on the clock when the session restarts and two drivers yet to set a time, here’s how the timesheets look:

  1. Verstappen 1:33.946
  2. Norris +0.514
  3. Piastri +0.713
  4. Alonso +0.855
  5. Perez +0.937
  6. Hulkenberg +1.033
  7. Bottas +1.071
  8. Stroll +1.46
  9. Leclerc +1.185
  10. Ricciardo +1.283
  11. Alex Albon +1.325
  12. Ocon +1.335
  13. Gasly +2.126

Sainz continues

Sainz had come to a halt but was able to get his Ferrari going again and is limping back to the garage now. It looks like the front wing took the brunt of the crash but Ferrari will need to evaluate the full extent of the damage before sending him back out.

RED FLAG!!! Sainz crashes!

He’s ok after minimal impact, but we’ll still have a pause in proceedings. Carlos Sainz ran wide on the final corner, dipping into the gravel before spinning and dabbing the wall on the left-hand side of the track.

Ricciardo: Good to be back

Daniel Ricciardo’s enjoyed a good weekend so far, comfortably winning the intra-team battle at RB. He’s into a Q2 here but the same can’t be said for Logan Sargeant, who remains yet to beat teammate Albon in qualifying – ever in F1. He span and took out a brake board for his troubles on his final lap.

Verstappen tops Q1

At the other end of proceedings in Q1, Verstappen led late-improver Charles Leclerc by 0.055 seconds, with Norris a tenth behind and Sainz, Piastri and Hulkenberg all tightly bunched behind.

“There’s definitely something going on. I can’t be f***ing 19th honestly. The lap was pretty good.”

Yuki Tsunoda over team radio after his Q1 elimination.

Q1 eliminations

Sergio Perez just scraped through by the skin of his teeth, with home favourite Zhou Guanyu less than half a tenth off making Q2.

15. Sergio Perez +0.715

16. Zhou Guanyu +0.763

17. Kevin Magnussen +0.774

18. Lewis Hamilton +0.831

19. Yuki Tsunoda +1.004

20. Logan Sargeant +1.616

“Phew, that was close guys”

A relieved Sergio Perez on team radio as he survives Q1 – just.

Hamilton knocked out

He made a big lockup at the final hairpin and it’s cost him! Hamilton broke way too late at the end of the long long back straight and only marginally improved, before Pierre Gasly hauled himself into Q2 for the first time this season pushed and Hamilton back down and out!

Sainz hits the front

Carlos Sainz had attempted to get through to Q2 on medium tyres but Ferrari abandoned that and he duly went top on the softs instead. He leads Oscar Piastri by half a tenth, then it’s Alonso and Verstappen. We’re into our final runs now, and Norris is the first to head out…

Handbags at turn 1

Sergio Perez stole Alex Albon’s last F1 job, but clearly that’s just the start of his vendetta. Perez approached turn one with Albon running slowly and hugging the outside of the long right-hander but the Mexican still complained over team radio and it’s been noted by the stewards.

Russell top after early runs

He didn’t enjoy yesterday’s rain-soaked sprint qualifying but with around 11 minutes to go, George Russell leads the way from Norris, who’s rocking a stiffer McLaren than in the sprint. Verstappen’s starting his first flying lap now though…

Q1 is GO GO GO!

We’re underway in Q1! It’s blue skies in China but there’s still a race to the end of the pitlane as we saw in SQ2.

Good morning!

Just one more early start to go until November, we’re nearly there folks. Can Lando Norris repeat his heroics from yesterday? It’ll be even more difficult today, and don’t forget teams have had chance to make parc ferme changes from their sprint setups.

Verstappen wins F1 Sprint

Earlier in the day Max Verstappen took the first win of the weekend after easing to victory in the Sprint Race which preceded Qualifying.

Pirelli tyres and track info

Pirelli preview of 2024 Chinese GP | Pirelli
Pirelli preview of 2024 Chinese GP | Pirelli

2024 Chinese GP Session Times and Dates

The F1 season continues with the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix. Below, find the complete schedule for the F1 Sprint Race weekend, including session times for F1 fans in the USA, the UK, and Australia.

SessionDateAus. (AEST)UK (BST)US (ET)US (PT)
Practice 1Friday, Apr 1913:30 – 14:3004:30 – 05:3023:30 – 00:30*20:30 – 21:30*
Sprint QualifyingFriday, Apr 1917:30 – 18:1508:30 – 09:1503:30 – 04:1500:30 – 01:15
Sprint RaceSaturday, Apr 2013:00 – 14:0004:00 – 05:0023:00 – 00:00*20:00 – 21:00*
QualifyingSaturday, Apr 2017:00 – 18:0008:00 – 09:0003:00 – 04:0000:00 – 01:00
Grand PrixSunday, Apr 2117:00 – 19:0008:00 – 10:0003:00 – 05:0000:00 – 02:00
Adam Dickinson
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An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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